When the Cowboys spent a second-round draft pick on Boise State pass-rusher DeMarcus Lawrence a couple of years ago, it was done with the idea of getting an heir apparent to DeMarcus Ware, who is arguably the best pass-rusher to ever wear a Cowboys uniform.
Late last season, the switch seemed to come on for Lawrence, who was the goat and hero of the Cowboys' playoff win over Detroit all in the span of just a couple of minutes. And it's carried over into 2015.
In his sophomore campaign, Lawrence now leads the Cowboys in sacks on the season with eight and has seven sacks in his last seven games, a run he continued in Sunday's loss to the Bills when he dropped Tyrod Taylor for a loss.
Beginning with the Cowboys' loss in Tampa back on Nov. 15, Lawrence has had at least one sack in six of his seven games, and he had two in the Cowboys' win over the NFC East champion Redskins back on Dec. 7. Since then, he's had one in each of his past three games against the Packers, Jets and Bills.
Remember when the Cowboys signed a big, bad mutha by the name of Greg Hardy, who brought all kinds of excess baggage with him but was supposedly the best pass-rusher in football? Well, since returning from his suspension, Lawrence has been the guy they thought they were getting with Hardy, which is both a very good and very bad thing.