Dallas Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence is having an amazing season thus far, already producing the second-most sacks in the NFL.
But could it be that Lawrence is shining because it's his contract year?
The Dallas Morning News reports that Lawrence said Thursday, "It's way bigger than that."
"I mean, it's a contract year, so what?" Lawrence said. "I want to be here forever. This year don't define me as a player. Y'all might say it's because it's a contract year, but the first year I was balling. My second year I was balling. My third year I had trouble with my back, so it didn't seem like I was there. This year doesn't define me."
Lawrence, who had 20 sacks during his final two seasons at Boise State, had a career-high eight sacks and 55 tackles in 2015. He believes his strong start to the season is more about his health than anything else.
"I think the key is my back is feeling good and I'm paying more attention to details," Lawrence said. "It's slowing the game down a lot for me. Plus, my coaches and my players are helping me get in the right position to make plays."