Dexter Lawrence is developing into a great player for the Giants
New York Giants’ defensive end Dexter Lawrence is heading into his third NFL season and could be primed for a breakout season after recording 91 tackles, and 6.5 sacks over the past two years, which isn’t bad for a 3-4 defensive end.
Lawrence’s Pro Football Focus grade as a rookie was a 76.2 and then last year it went up to a 79.7. This could be the season that his PFF grade and production on the field really go up.
Patrik Walker of CBS Sports has written an article where he picked a possible breakout player for every NFL team. For the Giants he chose Lawrence.
Dexter Lawrence, defensive lineman
Leonard Williams is secured and rookie linebacker Azeez Olujari is impressing in OTAs, but let’s not go overlooking Lawrence. This time two years ago, he was the first-round pick in New York, and he’s been starting since. That said, it’s fair to demand more from him, seeing as he has only 6.5 sacks in his first two seasons, but four of them landed in 2020 (nearly doubling his production as a rookie) which shows the needle on his potential is aimed due north. With Williams coming off of a breakout season, the presence of Olujari, Blake Martinez (and others) and a seemingly upgraded secondary, Lawrence should see room to impose his will upon opposing offenses more in Year 3. And if he wants the Giants to start considering picking up his fifth-year option, now’s the time to break out and make sure they do.
Even though Lawrence doesn’t play defensive tackle like Dalvin Tomlinson did for the Giants, if he can continue to raise his level of play this season, New York may not miss Tomlinson, who signed with the Minnesota Vikings as a free agent this offseason.
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