New York Giants defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence had six tackles and four QB hits in the team’s wild card win over the Minnesota Vikings and also went viral for some of the trash talk he did on the field. .
Lawrence’s talk to his Vikings opponents was published Wednesday. He faced Vikings center Garrett Bradbury throughout the game. He was heard talking about his greater flexibility and had some business to give the Vikings.
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«Five, six, are you going to get me out?» he asked Bradbury. «You give me more hugs than my girlfriend gives me. Come on, man. I know it’s hard. You signed up for this.»
Lawrence was the Giants’ first-round pick in 2019 and has developed into a fearsome pass-rusher, with the 2022 season being his best year yet.
He had career-highs in sacks (7.5), tackles (68) and QB hits (28). He earned a second-team All-Pro selection and made the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career. The NFLPA also named him to the Players’ All-Pro Team.
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«It means more,» Lawrence told the team’s website on Thursday. «These are people who know the game, respect it and understand it. I think it’s the best kind of recognition to get your peers to vote for you.»
Defensive coordinator Wink Martindale had high praise for Lawrence.
«I think it’s all to Dex’s credit,» he said. «He had a really good offseason, he was here through the whole facility, he’s smart, I think he enjoys playing this defense, and when I took the job here I said he should be a Pro Bowler. You can see in the kid himself. Then after If you met him, I could have guaranteed you that he’s going to be that kind of player because of how much he loves football, how much he loves his teammates. He’s selfless and he’s very responsible to everyone in the room.»
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«Every great defense has a center piece. You go back and look at the defense that we’re building with the great defenses of the past, they always have a great center piece. And it’s definitely become the center piece of our defense, and I think it’s incredible. I’m very happy for him, proud of him, because he’s a good person, he’s smart and he’s worked hard. I think it’s great when you see a player succeed who works as hard as he does.»
The Giants play the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday night.