A year ago, New York Giants cornerback James Bradberry earned his first-ever Pro Bowl appearance (game cancelled due to COVID-19) after dominating as part of Patrick Graham’s defense throughout the season.
Bradberry recorded 54 tackles, two forced fumbles, a career-high 18 passes defensed and three interceptions while establishing himself as one of the league’s best.
Which of his teammates might replicate that level of success and earn their first trip to the Pro Bowl this coming season? Marc Sessler of NFL.com recently set out to answer that very question and ultimately settled on defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence.
The G-Men quietly allowed the ninth-fewest points league-wide, a feat helped by a gentleman who refers to himself as “Sexy Dexy.” Brute strength, quick feet and a flair for punishing hits make up Lawrence’s game. Check out his handiwork here against a flock of beguiled interior linemen and would-be blockers. This is no wilting flower, but instead a pile of bricks dropping 90 mph off a Gotham rooftop. Chalk up this first-round pick as a win for oft-maligned general manager Dave Gettleman.
Yes, indeed. Gettleman was heavily criticized for the pick of Lawrence at the time with many arguing that he wasn’t a three-down lineman. But not only has Sexy Dexy proven himself to be a three-down lineman, he’s proven himself to be one of the most underrated and overlooked linemen in football… for now.
While we at Giants Wire agree that Lawrence is a prime candidate to make his first Pro Bowl, we also can’t help but to notice that linebacker Blake Martinez was once again forgotten about. He should have made the Pro Bowl in 2020 but was snubbed, and he’s coming back with a vengeance in 2021.
Don’t be surprised if Lawrence and Martinez both make a Pro Bowl appearance this season.