DL Dexter Lawrence II -- August 20, 2019
Q: Letís start out with obviously the Baker Mayfield comments regarding your roommate. He was saying he was shocked that the Giants drafted him knowing his won-loss record.
A: Really? No, I didnít see that, but all I can say is Iím happy Daniel (Jones) is a part of my team. I played against him in college and he did his thing. You know we can just control what we can control. He comes in and works hard every day and he deserves respect, but I guess heís got to go and earn it.
Q: When we were here last week, you said you requested him as a roommate to help him block out that noise. What will you do about this?
A: Weíll just have our nightly talk. I mean, he doesnít let things like that phase him at all. He knows who he is, he knows how hard he works, he knows where he came from. Itís just people talking again and you canít control that.
Q: Does it bother you that many people are talking about him without knowing him or seeing him play? Not just Baker (Mayfield) but the whole NFL?
A: Slightly, because I know who he is and Iíve been around him for a couple months and weíve grown close and he deserves a lot more respect than that.
Q: Did you play against Oklahoma in college?
A: No, I didnít (laughter).
Q: Does a quarterbackís win-loss record resonate with you?
A: I just kind of play football, he wasnít on my team then, so I wasnít really concerned about what his record was or anything like that. Heís just a player I played against and going into the game, the coach put a lot of respect on him. After the game, I had a lot of respect for him, so thatís all I can really say about that.
Q: Whatís the next step for this defense on Thursday night? What do you want to see from it?
A: Just consistency, you know, coming out strong. We kind of came out not loud enough last week. But just coming out strong and being consistent throughout the whole game.
Q: Youíve had some early drives that have been extended, one was a dropped interception, the other was a penalty on a late quarterback hit. Are those things you want to clean up?
A: Yes, there are definitely things we have to fix throughout the defense. Thatís more of just knowing where you are and knowing that you canít do that to the QBs, or you canít get those flags. So, itís kind of just stuff that youíre kind of practicing throughout practice--when you get there, stay low and make sure youíre below the neck area, and for the PIs, you know itís just 50/50 pretty much.
Q: You said you think the defense came out loud enough. Do you think youíve come out loud enough in these two games?
A: I definitely see myself improving from the first week to the second week, and thatís just a goal I haveókeep getting better, donít be comfortable, stay uncomfortable. That encourages growth.
Q: So you get seven snaps, twelve snaps--
A: The snaps bother me a little bit, I would like more (laughter). But, itís preseason, they have to see everybody play, but itís just doing the most I can with the snaps I have, and thatís what Iíve been trying to take advantage of.
Q: Do you think that with more snaps your physical ability can show itself more?
A: I canít say until Iíve played many snaps, so I canít really say.
Q: Have you gotten more snaps in the middle than the outside?
A: Itís kind of been 50/50. Iíve played a lot inside, Iíve played a lot outside, and they try to see me play all three positions inside, just to see where I fit best and where I can help the team the most.
Q: Where do you think you fit best?
A: Iíd say I fit the best at probably all three, honestly. Just going throughout practice, Iím running in and out of all three positions and being disruptive, making plays, so itís just wherever they feel like they want to put me.
Q: One of the questions about this team is ďWhere do they get the pass rush from?Ē Do you think the front three can generate, or does it have to be the front five, or what?
A: I definitely feel like the way weíve been working and the emphasis we put on it this offseason, itís just been great, the guys just coming out knowing what we have to do to get to the quarterback, and how weíre going to get to the quarterback, so weíve just got to put it all together.