They share the Lawrence surname, a championship and an alma mater. Maybe an NFL city will be next on the list.
Giants defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence won a national championship in his final year at Clemson, when quarterback Trevor Lawrence first was introduced to the nation. There is no relation, though Dexter joked they are “long lost, long lost” brothers.
Trevor, who has blossomed into the biggest star in college football and the presumptive No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, is considered a can’t-miss prospect along the lines of John Elway, Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck. That’s a lot of weight to carry — just not the same type of weight the 342-pound Dexter uses to clog running lanes as a 2019 first-round draft pick.
“Honestly, he’s just laid back,” Dexter said. “I don’t think he buys too much into it. He’s going to be himself regardless. That’s kind of why I think he can hold that weight on his shoulders. He’s always the same guy every day — funny, chill, a team guy. Everybody loves him. That’s just who he is.”
As the only winless team in the NFL, the Jets are positioned to win the Trevor Lawrence Sweepstakes, which would mean moving on from Sam Darnold. If they win a game, the Jaguars could slide into the No. 1 overall pick.
Is the Golden (haired) Boy better suited for the New York pressure-cooker or staying in the southeast?
“Any environment I feel like he’s put into, he can make the best of it. That’s the type of guy he is,” said Dexter, who has 30 tackles and three sacks in his second NFL season. “He has the Lawrence blood in him. Come on now.”
Will Hernandez went from watching Giants game film to watching television.
After testing positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 29, Hernandez spent two weeks away from his teammates and missed two games. His “craziest story” from quarantine was when he drove a car, but he mostly channel-surfed or found ways to stay in shape at his apartment when he wasn’t signed into virtual team meetings.
“I went through the standard sickness and all that,” said Hernandez, who returned to his familiar left guard spot in the fourth quarter on Sunday. “At the end of the day, I just kind of got over it and I feel good as new.”
It does not appear Hernandez passed the virus to any teammates, though kicker Graham Gano, punter Riley Dixon and long snapper Casey Kreiter are on the reserve/COVID-19 list now.
“It already sucks enough that you get it as an individual,” Hernandez said. “But to know that you infected other people, that’s probably the worst feeling about it. That’s something I definitely did not want to happen, and I’m glad it didn’t.”
So, how did Hernandez contract the virus in the first place?
“Nobody knows how,” he said. “It could have been 1,000 different ways. We can’t figure it out. I just did. They say you can get it just from breathing, so there you go.”
Because the Giants had to cancel Tuesday’s walk-through and Wednesday’s practice and shift to virtual meetings under COVID-19 protocols, coach Joe Judge lost an opportunity to evaluate how close defensive players Xavier McKinney, Oshane Ximines, Ryan Lewis and Tae Crowder are to coming off injured reserve.
The Giants are off through Sunday during their bye week.
“Monday will be an important day for us to kind of take a look at a lot of these guys moving around,” Judge said. “We’re optimistic we should see the majority of those guys, if not all of them, at some point down this stretch.”
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