DeMarcus Lawrence is making the most out of his contract year.
The 2017 season was going to be an important one for Lawrence. Not only was he looking to show the world that he hadn’t lost anything and can be the player some thought he could be, he was also looking to make a pay day during this next off-season. He has done both this year thru the first 12 games.
On Thursday night, Lawrence continued to do what he has all season long!
The young defensive end added two more sacks to his total on the year. He now has 13.5 on the season and has retaken the lead back from Chandler Jones of the Arizona Cardinals.
Lawrence started off strong with a sack in each of the first seven games. Prior to Thursday’s game, Lawrence had gone thru a small rough patch. He had just one sack in the last four games, including back-to-back sack-less games. That changed last night as Lawrence made a living in Kirk Cousins hip pocket all night.
Lawrence did get a scare last night, but he looks to be fine moving forward (via Jon Machota).
“DeMarcus Lawrence was down for a minute, grabbing his right leg. He walked off on his own, though. Didn’t appear to be in much pain.”
— NFL (@NFL) December 1, 2017
DeMarcus Lawrence was down for a minute, grabbing his right leg. He walked off on his own, though. Didn't appear to be in much pain.
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) December 1, 2017
The record for sacks in a season is likely no longer possible, unless he goes on one of those early game sack runs. However, the Defensive Player of the Year award is still alive. Not many players in this league have had the impact that Lawrence has had on this season. He has taken over football games on the defensive side of the ball.
Who knows if this team wins last night without the play of Lawrence and David Irving up front. Both players disrupted play after play for the Redskins. The game wasn’t won on offense, it was won on the defensive side of the ball.
How many sacks do you think Lawrence gets to close out the year? Will he end the season as the league leader in sacks?