Defensive Lineman Dexter Lawrence
August 10, 2021
Q: I know it’s a practice, but what will it be like when you’re over at the stadium tomorrow night with live bodies in the seats?
A: It’s going to be pretty fun. Obviously, we missed the fans last year. They bring a different type of excitement, a different type of juice. Playing in front of them is just an honor, really.
Q: Did you ever get used to it last year or was it something you never got used to?
A: Yeah, you kind of got numb to it after a while. You’re just out there trying to win games and do your job, keep the spirits up and keep the energy up yourself. We had a lot of games to kind of feel that out and just keep things going for ourselves.
Q: It’s not something you want to get used to.
A: Heck no.
Q: Dex, what did you think of the defense today? It looked like you guys significantly outplayed the offense today.
A: I go every day to have an attitude, a tenacious attitude, and just go out there and get it. You know, a lot of the times we’ve got the players on the other side of the ball, so the work we’re getting is amazing. We’re out there to compete and make each other better every day. That’s just our one goal every day, just to get better, don’t make the same mistake and just compete against those guys and help us all grow as a team and get better.
Q: The last time you played in a preseason game you were just a little rookie. What can take out of the preseason this year?
A: Honestly, what you take out of any preseason game or any scrimmage, honing on your skills, honing on the work that you put in, controlling your emotions -- like you said, it’s a big crowd out there, so just honing on your emotions, your technique and go out there and just get a feel for how things are going to be and get reps.
Q: Decades ago, people would talk about this game as the bragging rights game. Is there such a thing now?
A: I mean, probably. You obviously want to be top in the state in games like that. I wouldn’t say bragging rights, but more of an internal rivalry type of thing, trying to be on top of your state.