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Giants fans urge team to renew Rising Star: ‘Pay that man his money’

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New York Giants defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence is emerging as an All-Pro Caliber player in 2022, and his contributions were felt in the team’s 24-16 win over the Houston Texans in Week 10.

Lawrence totaled five tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss, and five quarterback hits.

But the box score didn’t paint the whole picture for Lawrence. The Clemson product inflicted a holding penalty on a Texans touchdown and erased six points.

During the fourth quarter, Lawrence recorded a quarterback press on Mills that got Dane Belton to safety.

Lawrence, a first-round pick in 2019, now has five sacks this season, a career high. The Giants received an option on Lawrence’s rookie contract for a fifth year earlier this spring.

Giants fans are demanding that the team renew the Lawrence for a third year on social media.

“Dexter Lawrence needs to be renewed once the seasons are over,” wrote a Giants fan. “He’s not going to want to play with a 1-year, $10 million deal after the year he’s had. The Giants clearly love him. He’s young and rising… get it done.”

“Pay That Man His Money”, Founder of Gotham Sports Network Ethan Levy wrote as answer to PFF’s Doug Kyed tweets that in Week 10 Lawrence had the most pressure (9) in a single game by a player over 320 pounds since 2006.

“Pay Dexter Lawrence now! #TogetherBlue,” wrote another Giants fan.

For the first time since he’s been in the NFL, Lawrence can say he’s enjoying football and winning football.

“Soccer is fun. Losing isn’t fun, but just being here with the boys and enjoying the community we have every day is fun. Losing, you always try to learn from it and grow from it and not let that take away the fun of football. This year we’re winning, and it’s extra fun, you know what I mean, to have that plus,” Lawrence told reporters Sunday of Sports Illustrated’s Patricia Traina.

Prior to the season, Giants defensive line coach Andre Patterson decided that Lawrence should play more as a traditional nose tackle. And so far the decision has worked wonders.

Lawrence is second in nine games in the NFL in pressure (35). He ranks first in the league for quarterback hits (16) and third-leading fullback (91.1) per PFF.

The 6-foot-4, 342-pound Lawrence believes Patterson helped him become one of the league’s top defensemen.

“(Defensive Line) Coach Dre (Andre Patterson) did a good job teaching me how to play with my skill, my skill, my length and my strength, all those things,” Lawrence said Sunday. And that I’m willing to listen to him shows my humility, even though I feel like I’ve been dominating, but that he comes in and just teaches me, trains me to be better. Everything is just coming to fruition.

Still, Lawrence believes he can become an even better player.

“Every year my goal is to grow in my position and learn in my position and this year everything is slowing down for me. It makes sense. I keep building my confidence and preparing properly throughout the week and it just shows. I just want to keep going, stack wins and get others to keep going with me.”

Still, Lawrence believes he can become an even better player.

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