DeMarcus Lawrence shares one thing with DeMarcus Ware: The same first name. Although Boise State spelled Lawrence's first name without a capital "M," Lawrence said Saturday that his first name is spelled just like the defensive end who holds the team's all-time sacks record.
"That’s how it is on my birth certificate," Lawrence said Saturday. "My mom always spelled my name with a capital M, so I’m going to keep it like that."
The Cowboys released Ware this off-season, and he signed as a free agent with the Broncos. They then moved up 13 spots in the second round to draft Lawrence, who will play the same right defensive spot that Ware did last season.
"It’s a great opportunity to come in and earn a spot on this team really," Lawrence said. "DeMarcus Ware set the standards very high, and it’s great, but I have a job to do now. He’s got a job in Denver. I’ve got a job here with the Cowboys."
The Cowboys had Lawrence rated among the top three right defensive ends, behind only Jadeveon Clowney and Anthony Barr. Clowney was the No. 1 overall pick, and Barr went ninth.
Lawrence had 20 sacks and 34 tackles for loss the past two seasons when he started 23 games.
Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli campaigned to get Lawrence and sees "good stuff" in Lawrence already.
"I felt it when we worked him out," Marinelli said. "I felt it some of the things in his Pro Day. I can feel some of the things here. But now everything speeds up. The biggest thing these guys have got to do is sometimes whatever worked for you doesn’t work [in the NFL]. The sets are different; the hand placements for the O-linemen are different. So now it’s just day to day, day to day. Try to develop the habits. Try to develop a signature move and what is a counter. When you get that, you’re doing OK. But that’s months of work."
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