DeMarcus Lawrence hadn't even had time to cut the hospital bracelet off his left arm after arriving back in DFW at 5:30 a.m. Saturday. The second-round pick participated in his first practice Saturday, having missed the first day of rookie minicamp for the birth of his first child.
Lawrence watched on FaceTime on Thursday morning at 7:43 a.m. as his son, Damari, was born, weighing in at 8 pounds, 1 ounce. After a flight delay, the defensive end arrived at the Boise hospital at midnight.
"Amazing thing," Lawrence said. "I didn’t think a kid could change your life just by birth that way. He made me so humble. Just made me open my eyes and make me look at the bigger picture of life.
"It motivates me a lot knowing I got a mouth to feed. It’s not just about me anymore. I got a little son now, so really it's all about him, how I raise him and how I put food on the table for him."
Lawrence continued to impress the Cowboys on Saturday. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said Lawrence has "good stuff."
"He’s got real suddenness and quickness, and then he’s got the instincts," Marinelli said. "He feels it. He’s got great length, and he’s tough."
-- Charean Williams