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Giants Now: Dexter Lawrence named PFF's Defensive Player of the Week


Dexter Lawrence named PFF's Defensive Player of the Week

Defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence has been named Pro Football Focus' Defensive Player of the Week for his dominant performance against the Jets.

Lawrence spent a large portion of Sunday's game in the Jets' backfield. The fifth-year lineman had a sack, one tackle for loss and five quarterback hits while totaling an impressive 15 pressures.

According to the analytics site, he finished with a pressure on an incredible 42.9 percent of his pass-rushing snaps. Lawrence also performed well against the run, picking up two tackles that resulted in a defensive stop on 14 run defense snaps, according to PFF.

His 15 total pressures tied the record for the most in a single game by an interior defensive lineman.

The 25-year-old lined up at nose tackle for 28 pass rush snaps and recorded 12 pressures on those plays. To put that into perspective, the entire rest of the NFL had 20 pressures on 251 rushes from the nose tackle position this week, according to PFF's Steve Palazzolo.

After a slow start to the year that saw him register zero sacks, five quarterback hits and 21 total pressures through the first six weeks of the season, Lawrence has been on a roll over the last two games. During that span, the All-Pro lineman has picked up three sacks, nine quarterback hits and 23 total pressures.

With his 44 total pressures on the season, Lawrence is now tied with San Francisco's Nick Bosa for the most in the NFL heading into Monday Night Football. His 92.4 overall grade on the season from PFF is also the highest among all interior defensive linemen.

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