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Houston Texans trade edge rusher Shaq Lawson to New York Jets

Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins defensive end Shaq Lawson (90) chases Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Jalen Guyton (15) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets are hoping they can replace one Lawson with another.

The Jets acquired pass-rusher Shaq Lawson from the Houston Texans on Sunday in exchange for a 2022 sixth-round pick. The trade comes a week after New York lost Carl Lawson for the season to a torn Achilles.

Shaq Lawson was traded to Houston this offseason one year after signing a three-year, $30 million deal with the Miami Dolphins. He spent the first four seasons of his career with the Buffalo Bills, who drafted him in the first round of the 2016 draft.

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Lawson a proven pass-rusher: Lawson has settled into being a consistent force as an edge rusher over the past few seasons, averaging 38.5 total pressures for two different teams within the AFC East since 2019.

Lawson no slouch in run defense, either: The best PFF grades of Lawson's career have come as a run defender, headlined by an 81.1 mark in 2018 for the Buffalo Bills.

Jets' pass-rush struggles are clear: No edge-rushing unit in the league has graded out worse than the Jets' (62.4) since 2017. New York also ranks 32nd league-wide in pressure rate from the edge (16.9%) over that same period. With Carl Lawson lost already due to injury, the Jets simply had to find a source of edge pressure.

Jets Edge Rusher Production in 2020
Pass-Rushing Snaps PFF Pass-Rush Grade
Shaq Lawson 351 65.9
Bryce Huff 173 61.9
John Franklin-Myers 353 76.4
Kyle Phillips 72 51
Hamilcar Rashed Jr. N/A N/A
Ronald Blair III N/A N/A

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The New York Jets still offer long-shot value: The Jets' are signaling a win-now mentality by filling the void left by the Carl Lawson injury with Shaq Lawson. It should be considered a net negative for New York, but the team's hand was forced.

PFF's Power Rankings are high on the Jets, as they do offer some long-shot value to win the AFC East. Given the signal of this move, it is a spot to sprinkle on as we head into the regular season.

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