Lawson: 'Very comfortable' with the 4-3 defense

June 14, 2017 - 10:45 am
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Many Buffalo Bills fans were upset they didn’t get to see a lot of Shaq Lawson in his rookie season last year. The 2016 first round pick from Clemson was limited to only 10 games last season after undergoing shoulder surgery in May. Despite the injury, missed games and small doses of playing time, Lawson said he does not feel like a rookie still coming into this season. However, Lawson's injury and the time he missed did affect him during games last season.

“I was kind of playing catch-up because I really didn’t have all the OTAs, mini camp and training camps," Lawson said Wednesday morning with Howard Simon on WGR. "I just got thrown into the fire first game against Miami, a team that made it to the playoffs last year.”

Lawson was not the only Bills player that felt like they were behind in learning defensive schemes. One of the main issues Buffalo’s defense experienced last year was the Ryan brother’s complicated and ever-changing 3-4 scheme. Now, Lawson is one of the many, if not the happiest Bills player to be back in a 4-3.

“I’ve always had my hand in the dirt, been an attack type of defensive end, not standing up and dropping back in coverage a lot of times'" Lawson said. "So that’s what I’ve been doing, that’s what got me drafted in the first round. I’m just very comfortable with it because I’ve been doing it all my life.”

Lawson thrived in the 4-3 in his days at Clemson and that will hopefully lead to success at the NFL level. With a healthy Lawson, the Bills front seven could return to being at the top of many defensive stat categories like they were a few seasons ago.

Lawson also talks about his experience at Clemson and what it was like seeing them win a national championship this past season. He also shares his thoughts on the Bills new defensive line coach Mike Waufle, and the impact his father had on him. You can listen to the full interview below: 

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