Carl Lawson can not so much as reach for a cold drink without thinking about dismissing the quarterback.
It’s created that way by design at Lawson’s home, where a list of goals including a admittedly high sack number and specific areas for improvement in his first season with the Jets hangs on the fridge as a way to stay locked inside.
“I feel like heaven is the limit,” Lawson said, “but at the end of the day, this is life. Not all goals you have set will happen because there are external factors. But I will do everything in my power to reach my highest level of potential and what I think I possibly can be, which is something else worldly. ”
Lawson refused to share the specific sack target, but he made 20 in four seasons with the Bengals, including 8.5 as a rookie in 201
“I did jiu jitsu when I was 15, 16 [years old] but they wanted me to stop playing football, ”Lawson said. “That’s why I stopped.”
This type of exercise helps with a better understanding of body utilization. He missed 13 games combined during the 2018 and 2019 seasons and has overcome two ACL tears dating to Auburn.
“I’m an explosive athlete, but you have to be able to control it,” Lawson said. “Focuses mainly on being strong, stable, durable and accessible, especially now that we have 17 games.”
Recalling that Floyd Mayweather ($ 30 million) and Logan Paul ($ 20 million) both expected big pay breaks for their recent showdown, Lawson said, “I just made a pretty good dime with the Jets.”
He did. And with his guaranteed $ 30 million, expectations are set to be the first Jet to break double-digit sacks since Muhammad Wilkerson in 2015 and become the first dominant edge-rusher since John Abraham left the city in 2006.
“Many times, edge rushers miss because QBs can step up in their pocket,” defense coordinator Jeff Ulbrich said. “We have so many inside guys, I do not know how much a pocket there will be to step up in.”
Teaming Lawson with defensive tackles Quinnen Williams, Folorunso Fatukasi and Sheldon Rankins should be beneficial across the board. The perfect scenario comparison is coach Robert Saleh’s former 49ers, where the addition of Dee Ford and Nick Bosa around DeForest Bucker and Arik Armstead raised the pass rush to Super Bowl heights.
Lawson’s 32 quarterback rushes to pull only TJ Watt with 15 sacks last season so he could come to a breakthrough that Jet-reversing giant Leonard Williams experienced as he went from a 3.5 sacks per. Season to 11.5.
“I want the bags to go up anyway,” Lawson said. “I have the mindset that no matter who is around me, I have to win my 1 on 1 [matchup]. It’s a good thing to have – great inside players – but the way I think about it is to produce whatever the situation, because what if everyone got hurt? Could I use that as my excuse for [fewer] sacks? None.”
Lawson said learning the Jets defense is “simple and fun because it matches what I do well.” But the repetition of next week’s minicamp will be a better yardstick than being relieved into Thursday’s practice.
“I’m more excited to look at my mistakes instead of what I’m doing well,” Lawson said. “I know there are going to be some things that I’m not used to so I can analyze and move on with it.”
According to Ulbrich’s description of Lawson, it is not the party line.
“Obsessed with the game,” Ulbrich said. “He wants to be the most technical pass-rusher in the league.
While missing at OTA, Lawson sent training videos to defensive coach Aaron Whitecotton. The only way to achieve its great image goal is daily progress.
“If I ever had to fall short, I would be okay with it because I know I did everything I could to get there,” Lawson said. “Whatever you do in life, I think if you really care about what you do, then you need to approach it.”