NFL.com predicts Dexter Lawrence among likely first-time Pro Bowler
Right in the middle of his breakout season, Dexter Lawrence continues to reap praise from the NFL world.
NFL.com and Next Gen Stats recently compiled a list of the top 10 players most likely to earn a trip to the Pro Bowl for the first time this season, where the Giants' fourth-year defensive lineman landed at No. 5.
"The former Clemson star leads all defensive tackles with 33 pressures and has completely taken over multiple games," the article stated ahead of Week 11. "Lawrence has been unleashed by legendary defensive line coach Andre Patterson and defensive coordinator Wink Martindale, who have moved him to more of a traditional nose tackle role. Lawrence has aligned as a zero-technique directly over the center (as opposed to shaded to the side) on 150 snaps this season, making him one of two players with more than 100 snaps at the position (Raekwon Davis: 205). In his first three seasons, he aligned as a nose tackle on 113 snaps combined.
"In Martindale's blitz-heavy scheme, that sets up Lawrence for one-on-one matchups with the center on a consistent basis. To say he has taken advantage of these opportunities would be an understatement -- he has recorded more than three times as many pressures (17) as any other nose tackle this season."
The 25-year-old has already set new career-highs with his five sacks and 17 quarterback hits, and he still has seven games to go.
Lawrence was voted a team captain for the first time this season. Back in April, the Giants picked up his fifth-year option, which keeps Lawrence under contract through the 2023 season.
Here are all of the players to make the list of likely first-time Pro Bowlers:
- WR Jaylen Waddle, Miami Dolphins
- CB Sauce Gardner, New York Jets
- QB Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles
- QB Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins
- DL Dexter Lawrence, New York Giants
- DT Quinnen Williams, New York Jets
- OLB Uchenna Nwosu, Seattle Seahawks
- WR Terry McLaurin, Washington Commanders
- DT Dre'Mont Jones, Denver Broncos
- S Talanoa Hufanga, San Francisco 49ers
View photos of defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence's career with the Giants.
WR Wan'Dale Robinson suffers ACL injury; out for season
One day after enduring their most unpleasant afternoon of the season, the Giants have neither the time nor the inclination to host a pity party.
Their Sunday included the trifecta of a 31-18 loss to the Detroit Lions, injuries to six players, including a season-ending torn ACL suffered by rookie wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson – who was placed on injured reserve - and victories by their three competitors in the NFC East, including a 37-point road victory by their next opponent.
"You come in after a loss, you don't feel great," coach Brian Daboll said yesterday. "You feel very disappointed. You put a lot of work into it during the week, and you don't get the results you want. You should be disappointed, but you can't let it linger. In this particular case, it's such a quick turnaround. You've got to move on quickly. That's something that we've stressed really since we've gotten here: Take it day-by-day. Learn from the things you can learn from. You're going to hit bumps in the road. Whether that's a practice or a game, a play, a call, a decision, those things are going to happen. And you move on from them."
The Giants have no time to dwell on what happened yesterday because they play again in just three days. Late Thanksgiving afternoon, they will be in AT&T Stadium to face the Dallas Cowboys, who put a 40-3 beating on a Minnesota Vikings team that entered the game 8-1.