Dexter Lawrence is one of the best players on the New York Giants roster ever since he was drafted in 2019, a rare hit by Dave Gettleman during his reign as the Giants' decision-maker. He has grown into a fantastic two-down defender, anchoring the middle of the line and creating havoc against the running game.
One of the main questions from the new coaching staff has to be whether Lawrence can still develop his pass-rush skills and become a complete three-down player. New defensive line coach Andre Patterson, who worked with the Minnesota Vikings before and oversaw the development of Linval Joseph into a star, thinks that Lawrence has enough potential to do so.
"He (Lawrence) can grow a lot. He can elevate his game, there’s no question about that. You’re starting to see that happen out here now. In this game, you never get to the point where you say this is where I’m tapped out unless you have told yourself this is where I tapped out. You can still reach for more", said the coach, whose players will be tested hard by the aggressive scheme used by defensive coordinator Wink Martindale.
Lawrence is one of those important players who'll never shine as much as others in premium positions, but without him, there's no way you can play good defense, because he's one that's willing to do the dirty work. His athletic profile is fantastic and he occasionally destroys the offensive line in a number of ways. If he can find even more consistency, he's prone to have a great career with the Giants.