Inside The Bills

Lawson eager for matchup with Gronk

Posted by johnmurphyshow on March 13, 2013 – 8:40 pm

The Bills signed LB Manny Lawson to play strong side-outside linebacker.  And that means he’s likely to spend a fair amount of time matching up against opponents tight ends.

Twice a year, Lawson will run into New England Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski, who’s enjoyed some of his biggest days in the NFL against the Bills.  But that doesn’t seem to faze Lawson.

In an appearance Wednesday night on The John Murphy Show, Lawson said he’s eager to line up and play against Gronkowski.

“I think I match up well against him, I really would like that challenge,” Lawson said.  “I think he weighs a little bit more.  He can’t out-run me.  It’s whether or not Brady can put the ball to where I can’t catch it, and where he can.  You can’t just throw the ball over my head and he can get it.  You gotta throw it really, if I extend my arms, it’s probably nine feet straight up.”

At 6-5 1/2, Lawson does have the height to match up with Gronkowski.  And he should be able to stay with him downfield, given his combine 40-times when he came into the league in 2006.

And even though Gronkowski seems to feast on the Bills defense, Lawson tells host John Murphy he won’t be losing any sleep about the matchup.

“Should I worry?  It is twice a year, and I look forward to it, going against somebody who is good.  We don’t know where he’s going to go down in history, but we respect him as a player, and a player who is good.  I want to go against him.”

The entire interview with Manny Lawson is available at

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