Carl Lawson is ready for his sophomore season in the NFL.
A Milton High School graduate, Lawson created one of the top highlights of the game for the Cincinnati Bengals in a preseason matchup vs. the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
The 6-foot-2, 260-pound defensive end smacked and pushed Dallas tackle Cameron Fleming off the line of scrimmage and into quarterback Cooper Rush in a matter of about three-and-a-half seconds. Once there, Lawson shed the block and took Rush down to the turf.
Here’s another look at the play:
Lawson, 23, celebrated the sack with a dance. The Bengals won the game, 21-13.
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At Milton High School, Lawson was an AJC Super 11 player and tabbed as a five-star recruit by Rivals. After notching 27 sacks during his senior season in north Fulton County, Lawson went on to play his college ball at Auburn. In 33 games with the Tigers, Lawson tallied 67 tackles, 14 sacks and 24 tackles-for-losses.
Lawson was a fourth round pick by the Bengals in the 2017 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he recorded 8.5 sacks and was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team by the Pro Football Writers of America. Along with leading all rookies in sacks, he also led in total quarterback pressures with 52.
"(Lawson) is a freak of nature," said Cordy Glenn, a Riverdale, Ga. native and former Georgia Bulldog who is now Lawson’s teammate. "He's fast, but then he's got power, and at the end of the day, he's determined to get a sack every play. For most guys in the league to be good, you have to have two dominant traits. He's got three. He's strong, fast and his motor is: 'I have to get a sack.'"
The Bengals finished 7-9 last season. Their next preseason game is Aug. 26 vs. the Buffalo Bills and Milton resident LeSean McCoy.
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