DeMarcus Lawrence
DeMarcus Lawrence
27-Year-Old Defensive EndDE
Dallas Cowboys
Questionable
Injury Shoulder - Labrum
2018 Fantasy Outlook
It's fair to worry a bit when a player breaks out in a contract year, but Lawrence's ascent correlates just fine with the skills growth that was projected all along, so it's probably best to presume this is merely a case where a 25-year-old prospect turned a corner in his development. If injuries hadn't messed up his 2016 season, when he posted just one sack after finishing the prior season with eight, then no one would have found anything surprising about Lawrence totaling 14.5 sacks last year. Lawrence probably can't approach the top tier and plenty of young guns are on his heels, but it's hard to see how Lawrence disappoints if healthy. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $105 million contract with the Cowboys in April of 2019.
Facing timeline of 4-to-6 months
DEDallas Cowboys
Shoulder - Labrum
April 9, 2019
Lawrence said his left shoulder surgery Wednesday comes with a recovery timeline of 4-to-6 months, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Lawrence expects to be ready for Week 1, though the timeline he provided Tuesday suggests it's far from a sure thing. He waited until April to have the procedure, essentially using his shoulder issues as leverage for a long-term deal to replace the franchise tag. Lawrence has been bothered by the shoulder on and off since 2016, but it didn't stop him from piling up 25 sacks while playing all 32 games the past two seasons. His five-year, $105 million contract includes $48 million fully guaranteed, placing him fourth in the NFL among non-quarterbacks, per overthecap.com. The 27-year-old defensive end will be placed on the PUP list to start training camp and isn't likely to play in any preseason games.
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do DeMarcus Lawrence's measurables compare to other defensive ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 3"
 
Weight
265 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.80 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.31 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.46 sec
 
Vertical Jump
34.5 in
 
Broad Jump
113 in
 
Bench Press
20 reps
 
Hand Length
11.00 in
 
Arm Length
33.75 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Big things were expected from Lawrence last year after he racked up eight sacks and 55 tackles in 2015, but a suspension and back injury limited him to nine ineffective performances instead. January back surgery -- the second straight offseason in which he's gone under the knife to correct back problems -- could finally restore him to full health, but heading into his fourth NFL season, Lawrence can no longer be considered a secure foundation piece for any future Cowboys success in the pass rush.
After failing to record a sack as a rookie, Lawrence stepped up with a team-leading eight in 2015 and seems poised to provide the Cowboys with the impact pass rusher they've been lacking since DeMarcus Ware left town. A four-game suspension for a violation of the league's drug policy will sideline him for the first month of the season, but once Lawrence returns to action he might still have enough time to lead the team in sacks once again given Dallas' lack of established options at defensive end.
Lawrence was a second-round pick last year after 10.5 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss in his final season at Boise State, but a broken foot in summer sidelined him most of the year. He impressed when he returned, posting a sack in each of Dallas' two playoff games. An athletic player with the ability to bend the edge, Lawrence steps into a lead role on the Dallas defense this year. He's unproven, but he will be the Cowboys' best defensive end (perhaps even best lineman) while Greg Hardy is suspended the first 10 games.
The Cowboys traded up to the top of the second round to grab Lawrence as their newest pass-rush threat off the edge, but without an established veteran sacker to take some pressure off Lawrence he could find it tough to make a big impact as a rookie. Lawrence has the physical tools to be a constant thorn in the sides of opposition QBs once he gets his feet wet, but a foot injury in camp badly slowed his development and will delay his pro debut until the second half of the season.
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May hit PUP list to start camp
DEDallas Cowboys
Shoulder
April 8, 2019
Lawrence (shoulder) is expected to begin training camp on the PUP list, David Moore of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Going under knife Wednesday
DEDallas Cowboys
Shoulder
April 6, 2019
Lawrence (shoulder) will have surgery Wednesday, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
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Nets long-term commitment
DEDallas Cowboys
Shoulder
April 5, 2019
The Cowboys and Lawrence (shoulder) reached an agreement on a five-year extension Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Holding off on shoulder surgery
DEDallas Cowboys
Shoulder
March 25, 2019
Lawrence has yet to undergo shoulder surgery, David Moore of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Gets franchise tag again
DEDallas Cowboys
Shoulder
March 4, 2019
The Cowboys are using their franchise tag on Lawrence (shoulder), Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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