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DeMarcus Lawrence among Dallas Cowboys' pass rush influx

Defensive end Demarcus Lawrence will be a key part of the Dallas Cowboys’ pass rush scheme this season.
Defensive end Demarcus Lawrence will be a key part of the Dallas Cowboys’ pass rush scheme this season. Star-Telegram

DeMarcus Lawrence among Cowboys' pass rush influx

By Drew Davison

ddavison@star-telegram.com

Pass rush, understandably, was among the top priorities for the Dallas Cowboys this off-season.

They ranked 28th in the league with only 28 sacks in the regular-season a year ago, and couldn’t get much pressure on a hobbled Aaron Rodgers in a playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers.

That’s why the Cowboys went out and signed controversial defensive end Greg Hardy. That’s why they were thrilled when Nebraska’s Randy Gregory slid to them in the second round of this year’s NFL draft.

But the Cowboys are also banking on DeMarcus Lawrence taking greater strides in his second season, and Lawrence is well aware of that after the Cowboys traded up in the second round of the 2014 draft to get him.

“They are going to expect a lot, and I expect a lot from myself,” Lawrence said. “We’re going to get some things done this year.”

Lawrence missed the first half of the season last year with a broken foot, but played well as the season wore on. He sealed the Cowboys’ playoff win over the Detroit Lions with a strip-sack, a much-needed play after he coughed up a recovered fumble the previous series.

That served as a confidence boost going into his first professional off-season.

“I feel like by the playoff stretch and me going in there and getting two sacks in the playoffs just made me flip a switch,” Lawrence said.

Now, Lawrence is focused on his sophomore season. He is up to about 260 pounds, a weight he’d like to stay around throughout the season. He also knows he’ll be playing more left end than right end this season, something he says fits his style.

“I feel like I get off way better on my left side, keeping my right hand down,” Lawrence said.

Drew Davison, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @drewdavison

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