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Dexter Lawrence makes back-to-back Pro Bowls


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Dexter Lawrence has joined a small and very select group of Giants defensive linemen.

The fifth-year pro was named the Giants' only 2023 Pro Bowler. He is the first Giants defensive lineman to receive the honor in consecutive seasons since end Jason Pierre-Paul in 2011-12, and the team's first interior lineman to be selected to multiple Pro Bowls since tackle Arnie Weinmeister went to four in a row from 1950-53. Lawrence is the first Giants player selected to successive Pro Bowls since safety Landon Collins from 2016-18.

Last year, Lawrence was the Giants' first Pro Bowl interior lineman since nose tackle Erik Howard in 1990.

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

Running back Saquon Barkley, a second-time Pro Bowler in 2022, was named a second alternate. Second-year edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux is a third alternate.

For the second straight year, the NFL will not hold a Pro Bowl game.

After the 2022 Pro Bowl was played without tackling, the league announced it was discontinuing the game, which was first played in 1951. It has been replaced by a weeklong skills competition and flag football game and renamed "The Pro Bowl Games," featuring AFC and NFC players showcasing their football and non-football skills over several days in Orlando, Fla.

The flag football game will be played there in Camping World Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 4, one week before Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas – the site of last year's Pro Bowl Games.

Lawrence has again been one of the NFL's most dominant defensive linemen, despite missing the victory against New England and playing limited snaps in three others because of a hamstring injury.

Lawrence was voted a team captain for the second consecutive season. In 15 games, he has tallied a team-high 19 quarterback hits, four more than Thibodeaux. His 4.5 sacks are second on the Giants to Thibodeaux's 11.5. Lawrence has totaled 52 tackles (32 solo), seven tackles for lost yardage, and two passes defensed.

Barkley is 14th in the NFL with 916 rushing yards, despite missing three early-season games with a sprained ankle. He leads the Giants in both rushing and receiving touchdowns with four each.

In addition to his sacks, Thibodeaux is tied with linebacker Micah McFadden for the team lead with 12 tackles for loss. He has 47 tackles (23 solo), three passes defensed, three forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery.

View photos of the all-time history of New York Giants in the Pro Bowl.