Lawson posted 2.0 sacks and a forced fumble in Sunday's win over the Dolphins.
It was the first multi-sack game for the 2016 first-rounder from Clemson. Lawson finishes up the best campaign of his career with 18 tackles and 4.0 sacks to go with two forced fumbles. He's still not a full-fledged starter, which could carry into next season if the Bills keep all of Lawson, Jerry Hughes and Trent Murphy. From a team perspective, however, that trio would give the Bills an excellent starting point for the defensive end spots.
Lawson had two tackles and two passes defensed in Sunday's loss to the Jets. He played 28 defensive snaps.
With Trent Murphy healthy again, the two are sharing snaps at defensive end while Jerry Hughes sees the most playing time on the other side. Lawson has played well this season, especially during Murphy's absences, but if he's not getting a full snap share he's not IDP worthy. That said, this has turned into the best season of the previously disappointing 2016 first-rounder's career, so he may have put himself back into the team's long-term plans for 2019 and beyond.
Lawson (elbow) has avoided the inactive list Week 12 against Jacksonville.
Both Lawson and fellow edge rusher Trent Murphy are listed as active, so the Buffalo pass rush will be at full strength for the home matchup.
Coach Sean McDermott says his pass rusher will likely play, so we'll assume Lawson's on the better side of questionable. Fellow defensive end Trent Murphy is also listed as questionable, but if both play they'll likely be sharing snaps throughout the afternoon, as a healthy Jerry Hughes will likely get the highest volume among the team's three main defensive ends.
We'd expect the 2016 first-rounder to still receive a questionable designation and he could even be limited Friday, but this is a much better turn after Lawson couldn't practice at all Wednesday. With Trent Murphy (knee) also trending toward playing, the Bills may get to enjoy their healthiest defensive line in quite some time, though if Murphy plays that will likely mean less snaps for Lawson, who's been playing great in the former's absence.
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