Sean McDermott: Time for Shaq Lawson to step up


Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson said recently that he is approaching “every day like my job is on the line” and head coach Sean McDermott didn’t do anything to make it seem like that’s hyperbole when he addressed Lawson’s spot on the team last week.

McDermott was asked how important it is that Lawson is able to stay healthy and show the talent that led the Bills to make him a first-round pick in 2016.

“Like most of our guys, and in this case Shaq, this is a time for us to grow, to learn, and this case for Shaq, it’s time that he steps up,” McDermott said, via the Buffalo News. “He’s adopting the habits of what it takes to be successful in this league on and off the field and he’s consistent both on his approach off the field as he is on the field. That’s what we’re really looking for out of Shaq just like the rest of our players, really, with adjusting to the NFL, adjusting to what’s expected from them and so he continues to grow and improve in those areas.”

Lawson seems to be getting the message about doing things differently after missing 11 regular season games and last year’s playoff loss because of injury. His comments about his job being on the line came while he was also discussing offseason weight loss designed to keep him on the field in what’s shaping up as a crucial season in his young career.

13 responses to “Sean McDermott: Time for Shaq Lawson to step up

  1. Another in a LONG line of Rex Ryan/Doug Whaley BUSTS.
    ..and how does Ryan get a job as an professional analyst?

  2. I hope shaq starts playing like a 1st rd pick and it sounds like he’s taking extra steps to be a true professional.
    But his name was floated constantly around the draft as a guy that would be traded as part of a package to help the Bills move up to get a QB, and most bills fans weren’t upset at the thought of him leaving.
    Also, McDermott has had no problem getting rid of “Rex Ryan guys” so I think Lawson needs a to have a dominant training camp and preseason or the Bills will move on from him

  3. spillertime21 says:
    June 10, 2018 at 8:40 am

    Also, McDermott has had no problem getting rid of “Rex Ryan guys”
    Bean has also determined that this is the year to eat all that dead cap money from the previous regime’s contracts and Shaq’s DC is a bit over 6 mil. So it’s time for him to show he’s worth more than the cheaper additions to the team or the Bills will be looking to get a 2019 draft pick for their former number one.

  4. I like Lawson’s potential. It’s also not McDermott’s fault (or even Lawson’s fault) that the Bills drafted him so high knowing that his shoulder needed surgery.

  5. Lawson is a Whaley selection and McBeane has had no problem moving on from those players. If Lawson has a dominant camp & preseason expect the Bill to use him as trade bait for a receiver. If he doesn’t shine, then he will remain on the team as a rotational player, specifically subbing for Trent Murphy until his rookie contract is up.

  6. He’s making a strong team. If you’re all not playing up to his standard then you’re gone. One thing we can all depend on in life is that everyone is replaceable. There is always a way to trade up. (Some people in relationships definitely trade down, only exception to the rule. Lol)

  7. “Respect The Process”…of backing into the playoffs for a 3 point drubbing…

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