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Growing up just watching them kind of inspired me.”That turned him into a Giants fan and turned being selected 17th overall by the Giants in the 2019 NFL Draft on Thursday into a “great moment.”Now, the 6-foot-4, 342-pound defensive lineman is aiming to take his place among those storied linemen.“My goal is to come in day one and challenge the defensive line as being the greatest unit in the world kind of thing,” Lawrence said. “That’s just kind of what my mindset is going to be and what is has been since I’ve been in high school. Let’s not settle, let’s go get it. Right now, I’m real happy to be a Giant.”Per Sports Info Solutions, Lawrence had zero tackle attempts broken in 2018. Here are some of the other things Lawrence touched on during a brief conference call with New York media on Thursday night.On comparisons to Damon Harrison ...The Giants, of course, traded ‘Snacks’ to the Detroit Lions last season.“I feel like my game is very powerful Ray-Ray Armstrong Jerseys 2019 , a smart player, non-quit effort kind of guy. That’s just my mindset every play, and how I want to attack every snap.”On the idea that he isn’t a pass rusher ...Lawrence had 6.5 sacks in 2016, but only 4.5 over the past two seasons.“I do consider myself a pass rusher,” he said. “I just got to unlock it, that’s all. A lot of times, I didn’t set myself up for things. I know that’ll be the difference, and that’s a big focus of mine is to stop all the doubting.”Lawrence said a 2017 foot injury limited his mobility.“I feel like my sophomore year, I was battling an injury playing on one leg kind of deal. My junior season, I got my confidence back a lot more the second half of the season. The first half of the season, I was kind of timid on it a little bit, but I’ve gotten over that hump,” he said. “I got a screw in my fifth metatarsal, but that had healed. The problem was they did a nerve block in the back of my leg and it irritated the nerves in my leg and I couldn’t do a toe raise or push-off with it or do anything with it for like a year and a month.”On his 2018 suspension for a failed drug test ...Lawrence missed both the Cotton Bowl and the National Championship Game. He said he had to explain what happened in “every meeting, everywhere I went White B.J. Goodson Jerseys , every media source” during the draft process.“It was something I had to deal with. It was unfortunate that happened to me. I was innocent, but God had a plan for me and I felt like that helped people learn who I truly was,” Larence said. “It got people to know me, I got to express myself. I had the choice to go to the media, I didn’t have to, but I wanted to so that I make the narrative kind of deal and not let people put their little spin on things that they do.”On Daniel Jones ...Lawrence has played against the quarterback the Giants took sixth overall.“I like him a lot. Playing against him when we played Duke, I gained a lot of respect for him,” Lawrence said. “He did not quit and he’s deceptively fast. His arm is really accurate, I feel like a lot of his balls were dropped so his stats weren’t really there watching film, but I think he’s really special.” Bethea will be 35 before the season begins" />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteBig Blue Viewa New York Giants communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsLibraryGiantsOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections New York Giants NewsGiants Training Camp 2016Giants vs. Eagles 2015, Week 17Filed under:New York Giants NewsGiants’ 90-man roster: How much longer can Antoine Bethea outrun Father Time?New,49commentsBethea will be 35 before the season beginsEDTShareTweetShareShareGiants’ 90-man roster: How much longer can Antoine Bethea outrun Father Time?Antoine BetheaMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsAntoine Bethea has been a very good player in the NFL for a very long time — 13 years, to be exact. The New York Giants, having signed Bethea to be their free safety, are banking on the idea that the soon-to-be 35-year-old Bethea has at least one good year left.Let’s take a look at Bethea as we continue breaking down the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp.The basicsHeight: 5-foot-11Weight: 206Age: 34Position: SafetyExperience: 132018 season in reviewBethea started and played in all 16 games for the Arizona Cardinals B.J. Goodson Jerseys 2019 , the ninth time in 13 years he has played 16 games. He played more than 1,000 snaps (1,111) for the ninth time. He made 121 tackles, the seventh time in his career he had made more than 100. The fact that 100 of those — a career high — were solo tackles is probably not a good thing. The Cardinals won just three games.Bethea might no longer be able to match the 4.39 40-yard dash he ran coming out of Howard in 2006, but he still showed the range to play free safety for Arizona. He gave up 6.9 yards per reception, per Pro Football Focus, a career low.“It’s all about being consistent, taking care of your body as far as that longevity,” Bethea said when he signed with the Giants. “Coming into the league, I was fortunate to walk in the locker room and be around some greats. (Pro Football Hall of Famer WR) Marvin Harrison, (Former Colts/Broncos QB) Peyton Manning, (Former Colts TE) Dallas Clark, (Former Colts WR) Reggie Wayne. Those guys taught me how to be a pro. I think that’s one of the things I hang my hat on, of being a pro’s pro -- coming to work, and being where my feet are. “Obviously White Aldrick Rosas Jerseys , having some longevity in this league is something a lot of people can’t say, and I hold that close to my heart, but as far as myself, I still feel good. If I didn’t feel good, I wouldn’t put myself in a situation to go out there and put bad film out there. I still believe in my play, I still believe in myself, I still believe I can go out there and play at a high level. So, that’s what I expect to do, that’s what I expect out of myself.”2019 outlookTruthfully, the bar isn’t all that high for Bethea to be an improvement over what the Giants had at free safety a season ago. Curtis Riley missed a tackle once every 3.9 attempts last season. Only ex-Giant Andrew Adams (one every 3.6 attempts) was worse among players who played 300 or more snaps. Riley led NFL safeties with 23 total missed tackles. Riley was also last in the league among 64 qualifying safeties in run defense, with a 37.1 grade.Bethea missed a tackle once every 8.1 attempts.Defensive coordinator James Bettcher coached Bethea in Arizona, He said this:“One of the highest character players I have ever been around, smart, intelligent and an unbelievable leader. As you have an opportunity to wrap your hands around him and embrace him a little bit, you will see what I am talking about with him. I was talking to him the other day and I was joking with him telling him that as time goes on Aldrick Rosas Jerseys 2019 , I get more gray hair. As time goes on, he gets younger. That is just when you see his play, that is what it has been. The years in the league have progressed for him. He has played fast and played young. That what impresses me about him.”Bethea will be asked to stabilize the back of what will be a very young secondary. Jabrill Peppers is a third-year player. Grant Haley is a second-year player. DeAndre Baker, Julian Love, Corey Ballentine and 2018 supplemental draft selection Sam Beal will be taking the field for the first time as NFL players.Here is what GM Dave Gettleman said when he signed Bethea:“You need a guy in the back end that can get everybody lined up and make all the adjustment calls. If you don’t have that, you can’t function,” Gettleman said. “I’ve watched Antoine (Bethea) for years, you talk about a great sixth round pick. He is an adult, he’s a professional football player. He knows what he is doing, he can still play. I have this crazy idea that age doesn’t bother me. I better because my age doesn’t bother me. At the end of the day, it’s about a good football player. Antoine Bethea is still a hell of a football player.”At 35, Bethea is obviously not a long-term solution for the Giants at free safety. The Giants are hoping he can stabilize their secondary in the short term, and help his young teammates learn the NFL ropes.
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