Cowboys second-year defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is getting more and more confident, and that’s bad news for opposing quarterbacks.
Lawrence leads the Cowboys with five sacks, and is coming off a performance against the Washington Redskins in which he had two in the first three snaps of the game and, later, a huge tackle for a loss on a 3rd-and-short. He finished with four tackles and two sacks, which he says will only feed his and his teammates’ confidence.
“Getting sacks will build confidence not just for you but as a (defensive) line,” Lawrence said, per Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas. “We’ve been doing a good job lately working together and getting our fits together outside and just being relentless in our rush. It’s helped me out a lot these last four weeks and hopefully we’ll just keep going after it.”
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Head coach Jason Garrett has been impressed by Lawrence’s work in 2015, even at times where the sacks weren’t coming. But the sacks are nice.
“Probably like getting hits in baseball,” Garett said. “When you get a hit your first time up, you probably feel better digging in there your next time up. Completions for a quarterback, making shots in basketball, it’s all the same kind of thing. He has had some success affecting the quarterback, being around them, sacking the quarterback.”