4 Jul 2017 at 08:17
Carl Lawson is Josh Shaw Jersey following in the footsteps of Manny Lawson, James Harrison and Michael Johnson as pass-rushers asked to play strong-side linebacker in the Cincinnati Bengals defense. Cincinnati has plenty Karlos Dansby Jersey of talent along its second line in Vontaze Burfict, Vincent Rey and Kevin Minter. However, the coaching staff prefers a presence off the edge to be counted among the group as well. Carl Lawson is Kevin Huber Jersey shining in the role in limited practice time so far. "You're looking for the burst, the ability, the flexibility, how they're using their hands and their extension against blocks," head Kevin Zeitler Jersey coach Marvin Lewis said, per the team's official site. "...Carl has done ... tremendous all the way through." Coming out of Auburn, he was Mike Nugent Jersey viewed as one of the class' top pass-rushers. Due to his initial burst, bend and low center of gravity, his speed rush is difficult to handle. According to Pro Football Focus' Cameron Mellor, the 6'2", 261-pound defender tied for seventh among all edge rushers last season with 69 quarterback pressures. "I think he looks great," defensive Paul Dawson Jersey coordinator Paul Guenther said, per the Cincinnati Enquirer's Jim Owczarski. "Way better than most guys ... [who] make the transition from being [in] every snap ... to now dropping back. He's way ahead of a lot of guys I've coached."