Buffalo Bills DE Shaq Lawson: 'It's time to wake up'

By The Sports Xchange  |  June 21, 2018 at 4:32 PM
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Defensive end Shaq Lawson said he's received his wake-up call from the Buffalo Bills.

Bills head coach Sean McDermott said earlier this offseason that Lawson needs to step up, leading to speculation that the 2016 first-round pick (19th overall) possibly could be left off the roster come September.

Bills general manager Brandon Beane didn't calm the waters after telling reporters that Lawson's "training camp will tell a lot about where his career in Buffalo is headed."

"Shoot, I've been on the trading block I feel like," Lawson said, via The Athletic. "I've just been seeing it. Yeah, it's been a wake-up call. I've been hearing trade rumors and then I kind of realized, 'I'm a first-round pick, third-year now. It's time to wake up.'

"I know I'm a good player. I just have to put it all together and be not just a talented player but a talented player who works hard and works on his craft and skill all together."

After a star-studded career at Clemson, Lawson has appeared in only 21 of 32 games in his first two seasons -- 11 of them starts.

An ankle injury in early December ended Lawson's sophomore season. The 6-foot-3, 267-pound Lawson had a team-high four sacks at the time before going on injured reserve, forcing him to miss the Bills' first playoff game since 1999.

Lawson got a late start on his professional career. He started his rookie season on the physically unable to perform list while recovering from shoulder surgery and did not make it onto the field until Week 7.

At Clemson, Lawson led the country with 25.5 tackles for loss and was a consensus first-team All-American in 2015. However, he was limited to 13 tackles and two sacks while appearing in 10 games, mostly in a reserve role, as a rookie.

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