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Draft Scout Manny Lawson News
06/19/14 - DL Manny Lawson and Alan Branch made their first appearances of the offseason at the minicamp. Both players skipped all of the OTA workouts and stayed home.
Lawson explained his decision this way: "The season is long. When you have some years under your belt, you don't want it to be repetitive. You don't want to seem like you're going through the motions, the same thing over and over again. It was good to step away, spend time with the family, go visit your family. Relax -- still work out in my time off -- but step away from the game and come back to it and it's all new and fun again."
Coach Doug Marrone had nothing negative to say because, as he has repeatedly indicated, the OTAs are voluntary and the players don't have to be there.
With the switch in defensive schemes, both Lawson and Branch - who joined the Bills last year and played well in then-coordinator Mike Pettine's scheme - have some different duties. Branch played well as a 3-4 end, but now he'll be a 4-3 end, and likely will be a backup behind Jerry Hughes. Lawson was a linebacker last year and was third on the team with 73 tackles, but now he's being asked to play end, too, and will see his playing time cut.
"Probably the only thing that's going to change a lot for me now is I'm not going to drop as much," Lawson said. "I will have my hand in the dirt more, but other than that the Sam linebacker and defensive end are relatively the same position except at Sam linebacker you have to drop more in your man-to-man coverage. So I don't have to cover anybody man to man now, so it's see ball, go get ball."
11/04/13 - -- LB Manny Lawson was able to play on his sore hamstring.
10/25/13 - LB Manny Lawson sat out his second day of practice with a hamstring injury which knocked him out of the last two games. There's a good chance he won't be able to dress for the Saints game.
10/23/13 - LB Manny Lawson sat out practice because of a hamstring injury which knocked him out of the last two games.
10/21/13 - LB Manny Lawson re-injured the hamstring that he hurt last week against Cincinnati and was unable to finish the game.