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Bleacher Report pegs DE Shaq Lawson as Bills' 2017 breakout star from Angel92's blog

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Unfortunately, Buffalo regressed in 2016, finishing the campaign with a 7-9 record. One reason for the Bills’ failed season was a rash of injuries stunting the team’s potential.

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Heading into 2017, both players will be fully healthy and ready to impress the new coaching staff led by Sean McDermott. However, according to Bleacher Report NFL Analyst Sean Tomlinson, it’s Lawson who is expected to be the team’s breakout star in coach McDermott’s aggressive 4-3 defensive front.

McDermott’s defense relies on generating pressure with the front four while playing zone coverage on the back end. Buffalo’s defensive line is the team’s strength, with two star defensive tackles in Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams, and a defensive end who has a pair of 10 sack seasons under his belt in Jerry Hughes. Now, Lawson<a href="http://www.authenticraiderssale.com/shop-by-players-fred-biletnikoff-jersey-c-2_35.html">http://www.authenticraiderssale.com/shop-by-players-fred-biletnikoff-jersey-c-2_35.html</a>  is expected to make the transition back to defensive end where he became such a force as in college.

During his time at Clemson, Lawson racked up 123 tackles, 45.5 tackles-for-loss and 20 sacks in 37 games. Throughout his career, Lawson was a part of a dominant defensive front that boasted 2016 NFL sack leader Vic Beasley and other highly regarded Tigers’ draft picks such as defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, linebacker Stephone Anthony and defensive end Kevin Dodd.

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