3 biggest winners from first week of NY Giants training camp

New York Giants defensive backs Logan Ryan (23) and James Bradberry (Image via The Record)
New York Giants defensive backs Logan Ryan (23) and James Bradberry (Image via The Record) /
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Through the first week of practices, the NY Giants have seen several players turn in standout performances, especially during a strong showing by the defense

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — We’re about to learn even more about the 2021 NY Giants Tuesday, as the pads get strapped on for the first practice of this summer’s training camp, but several key players have already stood out.

Overall, this hasn’t been a crisp camp, and the Giants‘ offense has largely been disjointed as quarterback Daniel Jones struggles to connect with his weapons, especially newcomer Kenny Golladay.

But, the even as the defense has been a standout and offered some promise that it can build on last year’s strong finish, even Patrick Graham’s unit hasn’t been able to escape coach Joe Judge’s ire.

Before the physicality gets ratcheted up, this is a good time to take stock of some of the players who are off to fast starts.

Here’s a look at the three biggest winners from the first five practices of NY Giants training camp:

3) Dexter Lawrence – DL

Expectations are high for Dexter Lawrence as the disruptive defensive lineman enters his third NFL season, and so far in camp, the former first-round pick has done nothing to damper them.

Lawrence, already viewed by several coaches and executives across the NFL as one of the most gifted players on the NY Giants’ roster, seems to have shifted his game into an even higher gear so far this summer.

While we will get a far clearer indication of the NY Giants’ pass-rush and dominance along the front-seven when the pads go on beginning with Tuesday’s practice, Lawrence has consistently made plays in the backfield through the first week of practices.

Monday, Lawrence batted down a pass near the line of scrimmage … Something he’s frequently done so far, and he has frequently forced Jones on the run.

Last season, Lawrence produced 51 total tackles, our sacks, and 29 total pressures, while finishing as Pro Football Focus’ No. 17 ranked interior defender.

Already one of the NY Giants’ most important players, Lawrence has the potential to be a real difference-maker playing alongside Leonard Williams once again this season.