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Shaq Lawson signed his rookie deal with the Buffalo Bills.

Lawson says his rehab is going great.

The Buffalo Bills signed first round pick Shaq Lawson to his rookie contract on Monday. The former Clemson product was selected 19th overall by the Bills.

After signing his deal, Lawson said the following to BuffaloBills.com.

"It felt great to finally get the deal done and be part of the Buffalo Bills," Lawson said. "I’ve been waiting for this opportunity. It’s something I dreamt of as a kid-have a chance to play in the National Football League."  

Lawson recently underwent shoulder surgery that is expected to keep him out of action for the first 4-6 weeks of the season. Although Lawson won't be on the field anytime soon, he's still very involved off the field.

Lawson stated, "I’m still engaged in meetings and things like that. Engaged in practice and watching film. I continue to watch film like I’m still out there playing. I’m taking a lot of mental reps. I’m not physically able to do it, but a lot of mental reps. Seeing things with the older guys, things like that."

As for his recovery and rehab, Lawson said it's going well

“It’s going great,” Lawson said. “I’m just taking it a day at a time—rehabbing. Our staff, the great training staff, they’ve got me doing great rehab on everything.”

During his career at Clemson, Lawson registered 123 total tackles, 45.5 tackles for loss, and 20 sacks. In 2015, Lawson was a disruptive force on the field with 24.5 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks.

Cardale Jones is now the only unsigned rookie from Buffalo's draft class.


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