What version of this player should they expect?
In March of 2021, the Jets signed former Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carl Lawson to a three-year deal for $45 million with $30 million guaranteed.
“He’s an absolute skilled pass rusher who understands pass rush at a different level,” said Jets defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich.
But the Auburn product tore an Achilles last summer in practice, ending his first season in green before he began.
Lawson has been working hard for the last 10 months to come back from this injury, which generally entails a long, arduous rehab.
The Jets certainly hope they get back the vintage Lawson, a player known for putting a lot of pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
Hey, he should be fine, but remember, over the course of his playing career, he’s suffered two ACL tears, a hip injury, and now the Achilles issue.
That’s a lot of lower body dings.
Nobody will outwork this guy, so he should come back in tremendous shape, but lower body explosion is such a huge part of pass rushing.
He could be better than ever after all the intense rehab and training over the last 10 months.
We shall see.
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