Lawrence Tries to Boost Cowboys' Lagging Pass Rush

Just like all Cowboys fans expected, DeMarcus has eight sacks this year.

Problem: It’s the supposedly washed-up Ware, and not the highly drafted Lawrence.

After missing the first eight games with a broken foot, the Cowboys’ 2nd-round draft pick made his debut last Sunday against the Cardinals and …

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Meh.

A team desperate for a pass rush – the Cowboys have only 11 sacks, or 16 fewer than this week’s opponent in London, the 1-8 Jaguars – received only a little boost from their highly regarded defensive end. Lawrence played 27 snaps against Arizona, recording two tackles and only once applying pressure on quarterback Carson Palmer.

The rookie was active, and his upside remains tantalizing. With Anthony Spencer rounding into shape and Henry Melton now awake with four sacks in the past two weeks, there’s still hope for the Cowboys’ pass rush.

But as of now, only three teams – Cardinals, Raiders and Falcons – have fewer sacks than Dallas.

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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