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Lawrence Helped by Practice Battles with Tyron Smith

Dallas selected DeMarcus Lawrence in the second round of the draft in May

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    Not too long ago, Dallas Cowboys’ Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith discussed how much his development was helped by going against the likes of DeMarcus Ware each day in practice through his first three seasons in the league. Now, with rookie Demarcus Lawrence in the fold, it’s the young defensive end learning from the veteran tackle--albeit a 23-year-old veteran tackle.

    I feel like it’s helping me,” Lawrence said recently, per ESPN Dallas. “If you’re going against the best, you ain’t got no choice but to pick up your game and become the best. I feel like he’s helping me out a lot, and he’s getting me ready for the season.”

    Lawrence has already impressed defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli with his work in the offseason program.

    “I don’t sense that with him, the confidence thing. I think he’s just tough,” Marinelli said. “He’s a tough kid. Oh, he just comes out and if he gets beat, he comes back again harder. Now it’s just about skill development.”

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