The New York Jets have replaced an injured Lawson with a healthy one, adding veteran end Shaq Lawson in a deal with the Houston Texans, per multiple reports.
The Jets are sending a sixth-round pick in 2022 (acquired from the 49ers in Jordan Willis deal) to the Texans in exchange for Shaq Lawson.
— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) August 29, 2021
The addition of Shaq Lawson will certainly not fill the entire void left behind by Carl Lawson’s injury, but he’ll make an impact nonetheless.
The former first-round pick hasn’t lived up to the expectations, only starting 24 of his 64 NFL games. In those games, he has amassed 20.5 sacks, 56 QB hits, 29 tackles-for-loss and 6 forced fumbles.
It is unclear what his exact role will be initially, but he should command substantial playing time alongside Bryce Huff, John Franklin-Myers and rookie Hamilcar Rashed Jr., among others. The Jets’ defensive end group now gets a little bigger and, hopefully, a little stronger.
Lawson, 27, spent the first five years of his career in the AFC East with the Bills and Dolphins before being dealt to Houston in March. He now returns to the division he knows so well.