DL Dexter Lawrence II -- July 30, 2019
Q: How are things going so far?
A: Iíve been enjoying myself. I tell myself every day that I would hate it if I wasnít doing it, so Iím just happy to be out here helping the team get better each and every day.
Q: How big a job is it?
A: My thing isóI say this kind of every dayóeverybody on defense, do your one eleven. Everybody do their job, and itíll all come together at the end in making a great play.
Q: How is playing on the end in a 3-4 different from (inaudible)? What do you like about it?
A: Just a little bit more space you can work with out there. At Clemson, I was stuck inside a little bit, and now I get to play on the edge. Iím enjoying it a lot, all the different opportunities at the position.
Q: Whatís it been like going against (Kevin) Zeitler, (Will) Hernandez with pads on, both of you guys can use your full strength and mass against each other?
A: Itís been good. Itís just kind of what you expect. Every day you come in, youíre in the elite level now. Everybody is big, and strong, and smart, so itís kind of what my mindset has been. Just to use my strength to help them get better, and then you help me get better, so itís kind of like a collective effort.
Q: Anything you started to figure out, going against these guys every day?
A: Yes, they switch up their pass protections, so they just help me learn how to defeat different ones.
Q: What is your expectation in terms of how you will be used? Do you think youíll be used on all three downs?
A: Yes, thatís kind of what my expectation is. Theyíre working me in in some base, and some dime and nickel, so thatís where I expect to be used in all three downs.
Q: Is that different from your role at Clemson? Were you a three-down player?
A: No, I was pretty much a three-down player there, too. Itís nothing new, just a new scheme that I have to learn. Itís just all about regrouping, and just try and see where you can learn the defense a lot better to see where you can just play with the offensive line a little bit more.
Q: You hear about a lot of front seven players talking about stopping the run on the way to the quarterback. Is there anything similar maybe youíve adopted in your career, or how much do you think you can give a pass rush (inaudible)?
A: Yes, at Clemson it was kind of like doing a lot of read stuff, and now itís like vertical steps every time. So, my first thought is getting vertical, and then react to the offensive line.
Q: Is it a whole new learning situation when youíre on the outside--you have more space, your arms are out more?
A: I canít sayóI donít feel the difference. Like you said, just more space. Itís kind of just a comfortability. I feel comfortable all through the line, I feel natural at every position.
Q: Dex, are you rooming with Daniel (Jones)?
A: Yeah, thatís my guy.
Q: So whatís that like, because youíre not comparing notes on what youíre supposed to be doing with him, are you?
A: No, weíre not doing that. I just ask him how his day went, what things he feels likeójust normal roommate stuff, like how he did, what he could have done better. We kind of just talk about that, not about whatís the script the next day.
Q: Howís he like?
A: Probably how he is with you all, a little quiet, but I got him to open up more. Heís accepting that Iím his roommate, and I talk a little trash. I asked him, ďDo you see us in your face all the time?Ē He said, ďNo, because you all canít touch me,Ē or something like that. Just a little trash talk.
Q: Does he talk trash back yet?
A: On the field?
A: In the house he does.
Q: Seems out of character for him.
A: No, Iím getting him to open up a little more.
Q: I think Dave Gettleman said, ďYouíre entering a violent world.Ē Is that a world that youíre welcoming?
A: I mean, yes, thatís my position. Itís been like that in college as well. I canít say thatóthe difference is that everybody is just smarter. I feel like I can hang with anybody in physicality, thatís not really a downfall in my game, itís more just these guys here are a little veteran, a little smarter, so Iím just taking practice reps against some of those vets and just talking to them, listening to them, seeing the different things they do to defeat blocks and stuff.
Q: One thing this team lacked big time last year was pressure on the quarterback. Can you guys generate that with a pretty new group?
A: Yes, thatís the emphasis for the whole D-line. Weíre pushing each other every day in drill works, in individuals, to get up field, create pressure. When we go good on good--team reps--get in the backfield, create pressure, because if weíre flushing them out, the ends got them. If the ends are flushing them in, we got them. So, itís just us working together.
Q: Dexter, traditionally in this league, men your size though donít have great success rushing the passer, theyíre much more of run-stoppers. What makes you think that you can have success rushing the passer at this level?
A: Iím not everybody else in the league, Iím Dexter Lawrence II. Iím different, I bring a different attitude to the game. Thatís kind of what this summer, well, this springóthatís what they called it, a summer event for me--just working on my pass rush, trying to be a three-down guy for the team, just to help win games.
Q: Is there a guy in the league you look at and say, ďThatís who I want to be.Ē
A: I used to, not anymore. Now Iím just picking up little things from my teammates because theyíve been playing for some years, some of the edge guys, the interior guys, just seeing what helped make them successful.
Q: Who was the guy you wanted to be?
A: I donít know.
Q: Do you like how much pressure and high expectations (James) Bettcher and the Giants are putting on not just you, but a lot of young players to make this great?
A: Yes, I kind of got it a lot when I was in college, and I like the pressure simply because I feel like everything starts up front on the D-line. Thatís the attitude that we all bring into practice every day. It starts with us, we have to bring the energy and the back seven is going to bring their energy. So, weíre just putting the pressure on ourselves before anyone else puts it on us.