Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence says his priority to to be ready by Week 1 of the regular season but he has another goal in mind-to beat Michael Strahan’s single-season sack record before Broncos linebacker Von Miller does-according to Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk.com.
“My goal is to be the best that’s ever played this game,” Lawrence said Saturday at SportsCon 2019 in Dallas. “For sure, I want to beat that sack record, make it my own, so he can talk about beating my record. I’m going to just wait until I get to the season and then worry about sacks.”
The 27-year-old Lawrence had 14.5 sacks in 2017 and 10.5 last season so it is not an unrealistic goal. And his efforts earned him a five-year, $105 million contract this offseason.
What could keep him from his goal is his rehab from shoulder surgery. Lawrence postponed the surgery until he got paid and as a result did not go under the knife until mid-April.
Currently 12 weeks into a 4-6 month recovery timetable, Lawrence is expected to start training camp on the active/PUP list and neither he nor the team see a need to rush him back for preseason reps.
“The mobility and my strength is coming back naturally,” Lawrence said. “I’m working every day. I’m able to do things. I’m just still limited. Just taking my time. I’ve got time still.”