Dexter Lawrence wants ‘legendary’ Giants pass-rush production

They walked onto the grass to observe Joe Judge’s Giants, three predators of yesteryear who caught the baton from Lawrence Taylor and have become Michael Strahan’s companions in crime in the course of the championship glory days with Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning.

Dexter Lawrence knew who they had been all proper. He knew he wasn’t seeing ghosts. He knew that was Osi Umenyiora standing alongside Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka. He knew all concerning the Big Blue custom of relentless, terrorizing go rush that they restored and represented.

“It definitely made me a fan of the Giants growing up,” Lawrence advised The Post, “ ’cause I saw the pass rush … very inspiring guys like Strahan, Tuck, Osi, Jason Pierre-Paul, like all of those guys growing up watching them rush the passer. That’s what inspired me to try to keep the tradition going kinda thing.”

When Lawrence posed for images with common supervisor Dave Gettleman, following his drafting with the Seventeenth-overall decide in 2019, Gettleman beamed and stated to nobody specifically: “I got me a Hog Molly.”

He bought him a Hog Molly who’s greater than a one-dimensional run stuffer. Leonard Williams might be a marked man following his breakout 2020 season (career-high 11.5 sacks) and Judge and defensive coordinator Patrick Graham might be relying on Lawrence (2.5 sacks a rookie, 4 sacks final season) to affix the likes of Lorenzo Carter and rookie Azeez Ojulari to make the outdated Giants go rushers proud once more.

Lawrence’s child fats has been diminished, his face seems thinner, a private chef might be employed quickly following some check runs and Sexy Dexy is as conditioned as a 6-foot-4, 340-ish pound man can presumably be.

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Dexter Lawrence leads the road throughout Giants coaching camp.
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“Last year I felt better than my first year, this year I feel better than my second year,” Lawrence stated.

Lawrence chuckled when requested how a lot double-teaming he encountered final season.

“I don’t really know the percentage or how many snaps, but it’s just learning how to play through a double team, learning how to not let it affect my game,” Lawrence stated, “little things like that kinda take me to that next level.”

That subsequent stage that means what?

“Ultimate goal just to be legendary,” Lawrence stated. “Whatever it takes to be legendary.”

No one ought to anticipate Sexy Dexy to be a double-digit sacker, however he’ll push the pocket for sure, and unlock Williams and Ojulari and Carter for mayhem on the quarterback.

“I set my goals to dominate,” Lawrence stated. “Just knowing that I did everything I could, I just exhausted every moment. I gotta line with the results after that.”

He is The Jolly Blue Giant, beloved by his teammates. And by his coaches.

“He’s a tremendous teammate, number one, and he’s obviously very physically talented,” Judge stated. “He’s a big, athletic man, but when you’re with him in the locker room, when you’re with him in the cafeteria, traveling, he’s a guy that can really lighten the room. He’s got that ability to flip the switch on the field and go from being that big, jolly guy to locked in and playing intense on the field. … We expect him to take daily steps going forward with daily improvement in the system on defense.”

Asked how a lot of a assist he will be dashing the passer, Judge stated: “Well, all those guys can be a help. That ties together with how the back end plays as well to buy the time to get to the passer up front, but we’ve got to stop the run first, put them in passing situations.”

But he does have some go rush potential, appropriate?

“Yeah,” Judge stated. “absolutely.”

The Big Blue go rush might be aided by the genius of Graham and by a loaded secondary.

“Give us a little extra time, give them a little less time to cover,” Lawrence stated. “Everything like that works together.”

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Dexter Lawrence sacks Baker Mayfield final season.
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Ojulari is a smaller freakish athlete who may make a direct affect.

“Definitely fast off the ball,” Lawrence stated. “He gives a lot of effort and is getting better every day.”

Ojulari, who skilled over the offseason with left sort out Andrew Thomas, his former Georgia teammate, and tight finish Evan Engram, is a prepared listener and learner.

“I’m just trying to grow every single day,” Ojulari stated.

In 2020, Carter’s third season was sabotaged by a ruptured Achilles tendon in Week 5. It is time for him to be greater than a tease and higher his profession sack excessive of 4.5 from 2019.

Lawrence didn’t take note of the critics who labeled him strictly a run-stuffer popping out of Clemson.

“I know I can stop the run, and I can rush the passer, it’s just developing those skills more,” he stated. “I’m just out to prove myself daily, and just be the best complete football player I can be.”

If they ever begin calling Dexter Lawrence “Sacksy Dexy,” Big Blue might be again in enterprise.

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