Playoffs a ‘realistic goal’ in 2022

Playoffs a ‘realistic goal’ in 2022

With practically the identical drive he delivered to a current struggle in apply, Dexter Lawrence rejected the phrasing of a query concerning the Giants not reaching the playoffs over the primary three years of his profession. 

“But,” Lawrence mentioned after apply Tuesday. “It hasn’t occurred but.” 

Lawrence’s tone raised one other query: Why such a robust emphasis on that one phrase? 

“As a result of that’s the aim,” Lawrence mentioned. “You may’t sit on what occurred years prior. You’ve obtained to go for what you’re capturing for now. Everyone’s aim is to make it to the postseason. If all people has the identical aim, we’re all going to have the identical work ethic to attempt to get there.” 

The Giants are 14-35 since Lawrence — a first-round choose — and different members of the 2019 draft class arrived, they’re 22-59 (tied with the Jets for worst) since 2017 and so they’re 61-100 with one playoff look (a loss) since 2012. 

Giants defensive sort out Dexter Lawrence ll reacts at coaching camp.Corey Sipkin/New York Publish

Most preseason forecasts count on the distress to proceed within the short-term because the first-year tandem of normal supervisor Joe Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll lay the groundwork for a greater future. 

So, when Lawrence opened his mouth, it nearly warranted a Jim Mora-like response: “Playoffs? … You kidding me? Playoffs?” 

“It’s a sensible aim,” Lawrence mentioned. “It’s all people’s aim.” 

Anybody who desires to problem Lawrence’s logic ought to pay attention to what occurred when he tussled throughout apply final week with offensive guard Shane Lemieux. Fellow defensive sort out Leonard Williams intervened and body-slammed Lemieux. 

Giants lineman Shane Lemieux (66) goes down after a scuffle with defensive linemen Leonard Williams (99) and Dexter Lawrence (97) throughout coaching camp.Noah Ok. Murray/New York Publish

“I didn’t begin it, I completed it,” Lawrence mentioned with amusing. “I assume, in some way, [Lemieux] ended up on the bottom and he thought it was me. That’s the way it occurred. We simply squashed it [afterward]. We’ve lockers proper subsequent to one another, so it was nothing.” 

The 342-pound Lawrence’s power additionally has been on show in 1-on-1 drills, the place he’s routinely successful together with his energy transfer. 

“That’s what I do,” Lawrence boldly declared. 

Whether or not he’s leaving linebackers within the mud on routes or bouncing carries to the surface, Saquon Barkley seems to be extra like his previous self on the apply subject than he did at any level final season — together with earlier than an ankle sprain additional sophisticated his return from ACL surgical procedure. 

“Yeah, he seems to be explosive,” coach Brian Daboll mentioned. “He hit one [Monday] and obtained out into the open subject. I don’t know what his GPS numbers had been, but it surely was excessive. … He was transferring fairly good. He’s fast. He’s robust. He seems to be good to me.” 

Defensive position coach Andre Patterson is away from the group as he offers with a medical situation, The Publish confirmed. He’s anticipated to return when prepared, however assistant Bryan Cox is in control of arguably the Giants’ greatest place group till then. 

Middle Jon Feliciano (warmth exhaustion) returned to the sector with trainers, however missed a fourth straight apply. Ben Bredeson was the newest fill-in because the beginning middle, following turns for Jamil Douglas and Shane Lemieux (with Josh Ezeudu changing Lemieux because the beginning left guard) in current days.

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