You can't put into words how much offensive tackle Andrew Thomas and defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence mean to the NY Giants and head coach Brian Daboll. These two played at an All-Pro level this season, helping the G-Men book a trip to the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
Lawrence's strong year led to general manager Joe Schoen giving him a four-year, $90 million extension. Thomas' payday will be coming soon enough as well. With that said, no one can argue with the fact that they're true talents.
Pro Football Focus agrees. PFF is dropping its Top 50 list this week and they have Lawrence checking in at No. 29, while Thomas is their No. 32 standout. This is well-deserved for the two.
Andrew Thomas and Dexter Lawrence are absolute studs for the NY Giants
"Lawrence became one of the most unstoppable defensive linemen in the game last season. His 92.0 overall grade tied with Chris Jones for the best among interior linemen in the regular season, and he finished with 63 total pressures. Unlike most pass-rushing interior linemen, Lawrence still spent over 500 snaps lined up in the A-gaps as a true nose tackle at over 340 pounds.- PFF's Sam Monson
Lawrence put together the best year of his young career in 2022 and it was amazing to see. Sexy Dexy posted 68 total tackles and 7.5 sacks, both career highs for him. Now, he's hoping to do more of the same in '23 after inking his mega-deal.
As for Thomas, goodness, he was fantastic during his sophomore campaign with the G-Men and then he only got better for Year 3. The offensive line play as a whole was rough for Big Blue, but Thomas was simply brilliant. Again, his extension from Schoen will be coming soon.
"The 2022 season marked the arrival of Giants left tackle Andrew Thomas as one of the very best in the game. Thomas has consistently improved after an ugly start to his rookie year, and last year he was a dominant force. He allowed just 23 total pressures across 18 games and earned an 81.0 run-blocking grade, making him one of just three tackles to grade above 80.0 in both facets of play.- PFF's Sam Monson
With Thomas and Lawrence, the Giants have two young playmakers who only have their best football ahead of them. Knowing that both of these guys will be in East Rutherford for the long haul is great news for the fanbase.