3 former Bengals that will thrive with different teams in 2022
1. Carl Lawson
Carl Lawson’s departure stung a bit for Bengals fans, especially with William Jackson III leaving in the same offseason. Many fans wondered what the game plan was; why were they letting go of ‘core’ pieces?
Fortunately, Cincinnati replaced Lawson and Jackson with Trey Hendrickson, Chidobe Awuzie, and Mike Hilton, three players who played huge roles in getting Cincinnati to the Super Bowl.
As mentioned, Carl Lawson left Cincinnati for New York, signing with the Jets. The Jets gave him a large contract, hoping he would be their first pass rusher to surpass ten sacks since 2015. Unfortunately, Lawson’s career with the Jets started about as poorly as it possibly could.
In training camp, Lawson went down with an apparent leg injury. After further examination, that injury was a torn Achilles tendon, arguably one of the most challenging injuries to come back from in sports. On the bright side, at least it happened in training camp instead of later in the season; Lawson had the entire 2021 season to rehab.
Assuming Lawson will be healthy and ready to go for the 2022 season, the Jets have a chance to have one of the more underrated front fours in the league. Having picks 4 and 10, they will be in a great position to add another edge rusher to put opposite of Lawson.
Regardless of what he is surrounded with, and as long as he plays up to his potential, Carl Lawson has a great chance to surpass 10 sacks next season.
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