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Manny Lawson | Defensive Lineman

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (30) / 7/13/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 240
College: North Carolina State
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Bills SLB Manny Lawson is moving to defensive end this season.
There were rumors Lawson was switching to end in Jim Schwartz's 4-3, but this is the first time the Bills confirmed it. Lawson will compete with Jerry Hughes for snaps opposite Mario Williams. It's worth noting Lawson played defensive end in college, opposite Mario at NC State. Rookie Preston Brown, Ty Powell, and Keith Rivers are candidates to replace Lawson on the strong side. May 17 - 4:27 PM

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The Bills' website considers SLB Manny Lawson a candidate to move to defensive end this season.

Lawson graded out as the top cover linebacker in the league last year by Pro Football Focus, so it's a questionable fit even with the Bills moving to a 4-3. Barring an upgrade in the draft, Lawson should remain at strong-side linebacker. Jerry Hughes is expected to see the majority of snaps opposite Mario Williams.
Apr 5 - 3:02 PM

The Bills plan to play Manny Lawson at strong-side linebacker.

Strong-side linebackers often match up with tight ends in pass coverage, and the Bills are hoping Lawson can be their answer for division rival Rob Gronkowski. Lawson goes 6-foot-6, 240 and ran a 4.43 forty time coming out of NC State.
Fri, Mar 15, 2013 01:24:00 AM

Bills agreed to terms on a four-year contract with OLB Manny Lawson, formerly of the Bengals.

Lawson was a part-time player in Cincy as he fell behind Vontaze Burfict and Emmanuel Lamur. In Buffalo, he shouldn't have trouble pushing for snaps as a strong-side pass rusher. Lawson has the versatility to play in multiple schemes.
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 10:39:00 AM

The Cincinnati Enquirer expects the Bengals to move on from free agent SLB Manny Lawson.

Going on 29, Lawson was a part-time player last season, and wasn't terribly productive when he did take the field. With the emergence of Vontaze Burfict and Emmanuel Lamur, the Bengals shouldn't hesitate to let Lawson walk.
Tue, Mar 5, 2013 09:21:00 PM

Bengals DC Mike Zimmer plans to use recently re-signed SLB Manny Lawson more as a pass rusher in 2012.

Lawson was used almost exclusively in run support and coverage his first season in Cincinnati. "He moved to essentially a different position with us, playing outside in a 4-3 (scheme) after being in a 3-4, and he kept getting better as the year went on," Zimmer said. "He was very good against the run and in coverage, and this year I think we can take better advantage of him as a pass rusher." Lawson has 16.5 sacks in 80 career games.
Sat, Mar 31, 2012 04:02:00 PM

Bengals re-signed SLB Manny Lawson to a one-year contract.

Lawson will retain his starting job on the strong side, with Thomas Howard at weak-side 'backer and Rey Maualuga in the middle. Look for the Bengals to dangle Keith Rivers for trade, if they can. Lawson, 28 before the season, started every game last season but was often spelled by Brandon Johnson. Lawson will likely become more of a full-time player in his second year with Mike Zimmer.
Wed, Mar 28, 2012 03:54:00 PM

Free agent OLB Manny Lawson is telling teammates that he has agreed to terms with the Bengals.

Lawson drew light interest from the Packers, Colts, and Raiders, but not enough to be lured away from the Queen City. An early-down strong-side linebacker with little pass-rushing ability, Lawson is an asset in coverage and run support.
Wed, Mar 28, 2012 08:43:00 AM

Scout.com reports free agent OLB Manny Lawson is expected to re-sign with the Bengals, but that no deal has been finalized.

Coach Marvin Lewis said Sunday the Bengals hoped to re-sign Lawson. He has supposedly been drawing interest from a number of teams, but isn't known to have made any visits since the beginning of free agency. He should officially re-up with Cincinnati sometime in the next 48 hours.
Source: Scout.com
Tue, Mar 27, 2012 05:53:00 PM

Coach Marvin Lewis said Sunday that that the Bengals still hope to re-sign free agent OLB Manny Lawson.

Lawson has drawn interest from the Colts, Packers, Raiders, and Browns, but the Bengals haven't given up hope. Lawson, 28 in July, is the best outside linebacker left on the open market. He started 15 games in Cincinnati last year.
Source: bengals.com
Sun, Mar 25, 2012 05:56:00 PM

A league source tells Scout.com the Colts, Packers, Raiders and Browns are all interested in free agent OLB Manny Lawson.

The "league source" is presumably Lawson's agent, though both the Colts and Packers have been connected to Lawson elsewhere. The Browns have denied interest in Lawson, while the Bengals are reportedly open to re-signing him. He hasn't lined up any known visits.
Sat, Mar 24, 2012 12:36:00 PM

The Colts reportedly have "ongoing interest" in free agent OLB Manny Lawson.

The Indy Star's Phil Richards reports the Raiders, Packers, and Browns are "also involved." The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Wednesday that the Browns had no interest, so it sounds like Lawson's agent is planting seeds in the non-Cleveland media. Lawson would fit nicely in Indianapolis' hybrid 3-4 defense, playing the Jarret Johnson role as an edge setter versus the run.
Thu, Mar 22, 2012 10:51:00 AM

The Akron Beacon-Journal disputes a Scout.com report that the Browns are one of the teams interested in free agent OLB Manny Lawson.

We suspected the original report identifying a handful of interested teams came straight from Lawson's agent, so the denial is hardly a surprise. The Colts, Raiders, and Bengals were the other teams listed by Scout.com.
Wed, Mar 21, 2012 09:52:00 AM

The Packers have reportedly been in discussions with free agent OLB Manny Lawson.

The Packers are seeking a bookend linebacker opposite Clay Matthews, and Lawson has experience in the 3-4 as well as the 4-3. He would have to be platooned with a situational pass rusher in Green Bay. According to Scout.com, Lawson is also drawing interest from the Colts, Browns, Bengals and Raiders.
Tue, Mar 20, 2012 06:50:00 PM

The Bengals haven't ruled out re-signing OLB Manny Lawson.

Lawson was used almost exclusively on running downs during his first season in Cincinnati, making 52 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He played a relatively paltry 489 snaps, but managed to grade out as one of the better 4-3 linebackers in the league by Pro Football Focus. He hasn't drawn any known interest since the start of free agency.
Mon, Mar 19, 2012 10:22:00 AM

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