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Dexter Lawrence named AP second-team All-Pro

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The accolades keep coming for Dexter Lawrence.

The defensive lineman was named second-team All-Pro by The Associated Press on Friday, marking the second consecutive year he has achieved this milestone.

Earlier this week, the fifth-year pro was recognized by his peers when they voted him to the NFLPA Players' All-Pro Team for the second straight year. Last week, he was also selected to consecutive Pro Bowls for the first time in his young career. Now, those in the media are honoring Lawrence for his strong campaign.

The 26-year-old was once again one of the most dominant interior defensive linemen in the NFL this season. He registered 4.5 sacks, seven tackles for loss, 21 quarterback hits and two passes defensed to go with his 53 total tackles (32 solo). He did this despite missing the game against the Patriots and playing limited snaps in the final five games of the season.

"He's a really good football player. He's dominant in the interior part of the defense," coach Brian Daboll said in his weekly sit-down with Giants.com before the season finale. "I would say a lot of things set him apart. He's got great size, length, athletic ability, quickness, power and explosion. That's why he's getting recognized, because he's an exceptional football player, but he's an even better person."

According to Pro Football Focus, Lawrence also picked up 65 total pressures, which topped his previous career-high of 63 set last year.

"I think I got better in some areas," Lawrence told the media last week when asked to compare this season to his 2022 campaign. "Still got room to improve, still got to continue learning my position and crafting it up. There are things that now I get all this attention, it's different things that I've got to learn how to play through and different schemes I've got to learn how to play through, stuff like that. All I can do is just keep going out there and giving everything I've got every time I step on the field and that's what I'm going to do."

View photos of defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence's career with the Giants.

The Associated Press 2023 NFL All-Pro Team as selected by a national panel of 50 media members:

FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE

Quarterback - Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens

Running Back - Christian McCaffrey, San Francisco 49ers

Fullback - Kyle Juszczyk, San Francisco 49ers

Tight End - George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers

Wide Receivers - Tyreek Hill, Miami Dolphins; CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys; Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions

Left Tackle - Trent Williams, San Francisco 49ers

Left Guard - Joe Thuney, Kansas City Chiefs

Center - Jason Kelce, Philadelphia Eagles

Right Guard - Zack Martin, Dallas Cowboys

Right Tackle - Penei Sewell, Detroit Lions

FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE

Edge Rushers - Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns; T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers

Interior Linemen - Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams; Chris Jones, Kansas City Chiefs

Linebackers - Fred Warner, San Francisco 49ers; Roquan Smith, Baltimore Ravens; Quincy Williams; New York Jets

Cornerbacks - DaRon Bland, Dallas Cowboys; Sauce Gardner, New York Jets

Slow Cornerback - Trent McDuffie, Kansas City Chiefs

Safeties - Kyle Hamilton, Baltimore Ravens; Antoine Winfield Jr., Tampa Bay Buccaneers

FIRST-TEAM SPECIAL TEAMS

Placekicker - Brandon Aubrey, Dallas Cowboys

Punter - AJ Cole, Las Vegas Raiders

Kick Returner - Keisean Nixon, Green Bay Packers

Punt Returner - Rashid Shaheed, New Orleans Saints

Special Teamer - Miles Killebrew, Pittsburgh Steelers

Long Snapper - Ross Matiscik, Jacksonville Jaguars

SECOND-TEAM OFFENSE

Quarterback - Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

Running Back - Kyren Williams, Los Angeles Rams

Fullback - Patrick Ricard, Baltimore Ravens

Tight End - Sam LaPorta, Detroit Lions

Wide Receivers - A.J. Brown, Philadelphia Eagles; Puka Nacua, Los Angeles Rams; *Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisco 49ers; *Mike Evans; Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Left Tackle - Tyron Smith, Dallas Cowboys

Left Guard - Tyler Smith, Dallas Cowboys

Center - Frank Ragnow, Detroit Lions

Right Guard - Chris Lidstrom, Atlanta Falcons

Right Tackle - Lane Johnson, Philadelphia Eagles

SECOND-TEAM DEFENSE

Edge Rushers - Micah Parsons, Dallas Cowboys; Maxx Crosby, Las Vegas Raiders

Interior Linemen - Justin Madubuike, Baltimore Ravens; Dexter Lawrence, New York Giants

Linebackers - Demario Davis, New Orleans Saints; Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks; Patrick Queen, Baltimore Ravens

Cornerbacks - Jaylon Johnson, Chicago Bears; Charvarius Ward, San Francisco 49ers

Slot Cornerback - Taron Johnson, Buffalo Bills

Safeties - Jessie Bates III, Atlanta Falcons; Justin Simmons, Denver Broncos

SECOND-TEAM SPECIAL TEAMS

Placekicker - Jake Elliott, Philadelphia Eagles

Punter - Bryan Anger, Dallas Cowboys

Kick Returner - Marvin Mims, Denver Broncos

Punt Returner - Derius Davis, Los Angeles Chargers

Special Teamer - Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Detroit Lions

Long Snapper - Andrew DePaola, Minnesota Vikings

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