Bengals’ Carl Lawson aiming to be ready for Week 1

Carl Lawson appeared poised to develop into a game-wrecking force following an 8.5 sack 2017 rookie performance. Subsequently the Cincinnati Bengals edge rusher went year down early in Week 8 with a torn right ACL.
Through seven full weeks of this 2018 campaign, Lawson generated just one sack, but provided constant pressure away from the Bengals’ edge. His injury was a massive blow to Cincy’s defense, along with the merchandise the Bengals deployed the rest of the year reflected his absence. The 24-year-old entered the NFL with health concerns following managing injuries during his stint at Auburn, such as a left ACL tear.
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Throughout offseason workouts this summer, Lawson rehabbed across the side, and it has insisted he isn’t pushing to prepare for training camp till he’s 100 percent. On Monday, the defensive end told NFL Network’s Good Morning Football he is eyeing Week 1.
“The purpose is to be out there Week 1, and I’m feeling good,” Lawson explained. “Happily I can take care of my body, I’ve got lots of unique resources, I can fly to places, I will do everything underneath the sun because I have the money to get it done. Thus, it’s been a great rehab process.”
Through one and a half seasons, Lawson exhibited a nose to the quarterback, together with the ability to utilize blazing speed on the border and turn that speed into electricity when needed. The hope is that once he’s healthy, the new regime in Cincinnati will utilize him as more than the usual rotational rusher since he develops.
The injury-ravaged Bengals saw key pieces move down last season, including Lawson, Andy Dalton, A.J. Green, Preston Brown and Tyler Eifert. Every team deals with accidents, but the Bengals seem to be particularly snakebitten of late — already watching first-round pick Jonah Williams go down this offseason with a shoulder injury.
Lawson considers if the Bengals can stay healthy, they could surprise in 2019.
“You can expect a great deal, but at exactly the same time, in this league, that is what separates different groups, being able to be healthy during the season,” he said. “I believe that the main issue is having the ability to get that depth, which carry over, so when things do occur. You know, since everyone’s like’Oh, well if we had been wholesome, if this or thatwhatever’ — not that many injuries as we had last year — but I believe that you can expect a lot from us.”
The Bengals remain a mystery in the AFC North. A fully healthy Lawson to begin the 2019 effort would provide a gigantic increase to a defense which could offer an intriguing combination of rush and coverage skill if everyone can stay on the field.

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