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Giants Now: Three Giants land on PFF's top 101 players of 2022


Three Giants land on PFF's Top 101 players from 2022

While the focus has flipped to the offseason, Pro Football Focus recently took one last look at this past season to highlight the NFL's top performers.

PFF's Sam Monson released his list of the top 101 players from the 2022 season, where three Giants landed on the list.

Dexter Lawrence, who Monson called "virtually unstoppable" this past season, was the highest-rated Giant, coming in at No. 15.

The fourth-year defensive lineman enjoyed a true breakout campaign on his way to being named Second-Team All-Pro. He set new career-highs with 7.5 sacks and 28 quarterback hits, shattering his previous high marks of 4.0 sacks and 11 QB hits. Lawrence has also set new career-bests in total tackles (68), tackles for loss (seven), pass breakups (three) and forced fumbles (two), which led to his first selection to the Pro Bowl.

Lawrence also registered 70 total pressures, including the playoffs, and 42 defensive stops, according to PFF.

After never topping 69 percent of defensive snaps played in his first three seasons, Lawrence played 82 percent of the Giants' defensive snaps in 2022 (864 snaps).

Finishing right behind Lawrence at No. 16 was left tackle Andrew Thomas, who Monson described as "consistently one of football's best tackles."

After improving in 2021, Thomas took a significant step in his development this past season. The 24-year-old recorded just two penalties all season and allowed a mere three sacks and 21 total pressures on over 600 pass block snaps.

Similar to Lawrence, Thomas was also named Second-Team All-Pro for the first time in his career.

The 24-year-old started the first 16 games of the year before sitting out the regular-season finale in Philadelphia. The left tackle played 100 percent of the team's offensive snaps in 14 games, while on the field for over 80 percent of the other two contests. The only snaps Thomas missed were due to games being out of hand late in the second half.

View the best photos from the career of Giants All-Pro left tackle Andrew Thomas.

The third and final Giant on the list was Saquon Barkley, who came in at No. 62 after making the Pro Bowl for the second time in his five-year career.

Monson said "Barkley had a career year this past season and was one of the leading candidates for Comeback Player of the Year... He broke 41 tackles overall and helped propel the Giants past the Vikings on the road in the playoffs."

Barkley did not miss a single game due to injury, marking the first time he's remained healthy throughout the season since his rookie year. The fifth-year running back ran for a career-high 1,312 yards, the fourth-most in the NFL this season, and scored 10 touchdowns to go with his 57 receptions for an additional 338 yards.


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