This season looks much like 2014 for DeMarcus Lawrence. As a rookie, the Cowboys defensive end missed the first eight games with a broken foot. He didn’t get his first sack until the playoffs and had one in each postseason game.
This season, Lawrence missed the first four games, serving a suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. In three games, he has yet to make a sack.
But Lawrence promises the sacks are coming sooner than they did in 2014.
“Oh, they’re going to come in bunches,” Lawrence said. “I’ve been close a couple of times. But that doesn’t matter. It’s all about staying focused and keep getting after it each and every day. And when it does come, it’s going to come in bunches. Believe that.”
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In 2015, Lawrence led the team in sacks with eight.
This season, he had offseason back surgery, served the four-game suspension and played through a shoulder injury. His defensive snaps have gone up each week as he returns to football shape.
Lawrence played 17 defensive snaps against Cincinnati, 29 against Green Bay and 41 against Philadelphia.
“I feel great right now,” Lawrence said. “We’ve got a good rotation going. It’s kind of stopping me from getting after it a lot. Everybody wants a piece of it. We’ve got a great thing going right now. We’ve just got to keep each other healthy and keep getting after it.”
Lawrence has no stats other than two pressures – one against Andy Dalton and one against Aaron Rodgers.
“Each week he will start to get better,” defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said. “More reps, more work. When you lay off that long, it’s training camp legs as we go through it, especially the way we practice. You want him to keep grinding and improving. Keep improving every week.”