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How Shaq Lawson Bought In and Renewed His Commitment

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How Shaq Lawson Bought In and Renewed His Commitment

 

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It’s the day before the Bills home game against the Titans. Shaq Lawson is on a plane ready to head back to Buffalo from South Carolina. He got permission from head coach Sean McDermott to attend memorial services for his good friend and former Clemson teammate C.J. Fuller, who died unexpectedly the previous Wednesday. Lawson’s heart is heavy, but he’s thinking about what he missed at the Saturday morning practice session. Before takeoff he texts Jerry Hughes for updates.

 

“He flew out Friday and came back Saturday and caught the night meetings and was still plugged into the game plan,” said Hughes. “He’s flying back and texting us and asking questions about what he missed. It’s great to know that he’s locked in.”

 

Forced to watch last year’s AFC Wild Card game from his couch due to a season-ending injury, Lawson resolved to be a more dedicated and committed player. One whose daily work ethic would have him making a difference in games rather than being a spectator.

 

In the 2018 offseason the defensive lineman got in the best shape of his life. He got his body fat percentage to an all-time low and dropped 15 pounds before reporting to training camp. A strong preseason followed.

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Losing someone sucks, I wish I had some wise advice but I got nothing, some people handle it better than others.

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7 minutes ago, BringBackOrton said:

A strong preseason followed with a return to weak season form. 

 

I thought he was playing pretty good ?

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3 minutes ago, 1st&ten said:

 

I thought he was playing pretty good ?

 

Has has been very good. 

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He was on my son's flight out of Buffalo to CLT Sunday after the game

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There are games when he shows his first round potential and there are games where he lays an egg. The overall trend this season is positive though. Strangely enough, our best defensive game was the one he missed (v. Vikings). But that may not not mean anything.

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9 minutes ago, 26CornerBlitz said:

 

Has has been very good. 

 

..pretty freakin' sad bud how quickly the TBD pundits pull out the bust label when every damn player has their own timetable to adjust and mature...."patience as an adversary" is the TBD evaluative calling card......"warm 'n fuzzy" about being drafted by Buffalo and facing the "TBD Gauntlet"?....hell, I'd stay in school for THREE Masters and TWO Phd's......LESS painful IMO.....

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3 minutes ago, OldTimeAFLGuy said:

 

..pretty freakin' sad bud how quickly the TBD pundits pull out the bust label when every damn player has their own timetable to adjust and mature...."patience as an adversary" is the TBD evaluative calling card......"warm 'n fuzzy" about being drafted by Buffalo and facing the "TBD Gauntlet"?....hell, I'd stay in school for THREE Masters and TWO Phd's......LESS painful IMO.....

Trade him for a 7th!

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He's been a lot better this year. Hopefully he continues to progress.

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Yes he has been pretty good thus far. Hope he keeps it up. The D has been looking sharp the past few weeks.

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He's rounding into form just as his rookie contract approaches its end.  So a guy can tank it for a couple of years, then find religion and improve a lot in order to cash in on free agency.  

 

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3 minutes ago, Utah John said:

He's rounding into form just as his rookie contract approaches its end.  So a guy can tank it for a couple of years, then find religion and improve a lot in order to cash in on free agency.  

 

:huh: He's under contract next year and can be retained by the Bills through 2020 if they decide to exercise the 5th year option.   He was young coming out of Clemson as a Junior, so it's not exactly shocking that he's taken on a more mature approach in his 3rd season. 

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He’s been playing well - a couple of huge plays last week.

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54 minutes ago, OldTimeAFLGuy said:

 

...thanks...yet ANOTHER legendary contribution so noted..................

It was sarcasm bud. 

 

 

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Is he still lining up as a Defensive End, or has he been moved to the interior?

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43 minutes ago, Mark Vader said:

Is he still lining up as a Defensive End, or has he been moved to the interior?

 

He's been playing both.

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9 minutes ago, Mr. WEO said:

Day one starter, right off the bus....

 

2016 wants its tired quote back.

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1 hour ago, Utah John said:

He's rounding into form just as his rookie contract approaches its end.  So a guy can tank it for a couple of years, then find religion and improve a lot in order to cash in on free agency.  

 

or...he's a young kid that has been thrown millions of dollars to play a game and is now maturing and realizing what it takes to separate from the rest of the pack. 

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24 minutes ago, 26CornerBlitz said:

 

2016 wants its tired quote back.

 

Yet it's 2018 and the irony of that classic Whaley whopper persists....

 

As the years in his rookie contract tick away, it will continue to be so.  

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Lawson has gone through a few coaching changes and coordinators. I'm sure to some degree this affected his play. That being said, it's time for him to show his potential 

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