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Miro Z

DeMarcus Lawrence, DE, Dallas

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He had a fantastic 2015 but an injury-prone and disappointing 2016 that also featured a 4 game suspension.

Am I right to be optimistic for 2017, or not so much?

Note tweet from @PatDoneyNBC5  Aug 26:

"DeMarcus Lawrence played w/ a back injury last year w/ pain so bad, he was in tears every night. After surgery in offseason, he looks quick."

Also note CBS piece here:

https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/cowboys-camp-demarcus-lawrence-is-shaping-up-as-the-biggest-x-factor-in-dallas/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

"And as much as Prescott and Bryant and Elliott -- the new triplets of this offense -- get talked about, few players on this roster are more important than defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, far and away the club's most talented edge force and someone who may have to post double-digit sack totals if the Cowboys are going to reach the playoffs for consecutive seasons for just the third time in the last 20-plus years.

If you are looking for a candidate for a breakthough year in terms of quarterback pressures among this unheralded bunch, Lawrence (6-foot-3, 225 pounds) is the guy. Ask around training camp who here can get to the passer, and his hand will shoot up as he runs to the head of the class. It's a prophecy the Cowboys desperately need to come true."

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Optimism is fine.  He has the tools and Dallas should have leads in games to give him opportunities.  They also need someone to put pressure on the QB.  I wouldn't invest heavily in him but I would take the chance and see how he does for a couple weeks.

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Was hopeful to get discussion going about expectations going forward for D. Law.

Obviously the insane production of the first 3 games is unsustainable. Are people selling high? Locked in as your DE/DL1 for the rest of the season?

Good news for the next two games is he's got J. Goff and his sometimes indecisiveness in the pocket, followed by a banged up Green Bay O-Line (currently, anyway).

Bad news is there's always going to be some natural regression, plus I'm sure he's gotten the league's attention by now. Can't imagine Taco Charlton and others are striking fear into the hearts of opponent OC's so I gotta believe some scheme changes are in the works.

Thoughts?

 

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Seems like I've got this guy in every league I'm in, and have been carrying him as a mere passenger through injuries and suspension. Nice to see him finally on the field and making an impact. Obviously the perfect time to sell high, if you can, as he's currently the top IDP period. I think most owners who have him probably have the depth to let him go, since they've long gotten used to not being able to rely on him..

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