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Giants news, 9/24: Dexter Lawrence, injury report, more headlines

New York Giants headlines for Saturday

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Dexter Lawrence is ‘a problem’

We have said since the offseason that the test for fourth-year defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence is whether he can go from the good player he has been for three seasons to a dominant, top-tier one.

Lawrence certainly has a fan in Giants’ defensive coordinator Wink Martindale. Speaking to media earlier this week, Martindale called Lawrence “a problem” for opposing offenses.

“ ... that play – I told the whole defense on Monday – the play where he chased [Panthers quarterback] Baker Mayfield down and got him short of the sticks on that scramble, I don’t know (if) in my career I’ve ever seen a big man like that make a play like that,” Martindale said.

Lawrence said it’s “fair” for some to wonder how a 340-pound man could be agile enough to make that play.

“One of my goals is to never let a quarterback outrun me,” Lawrence said. “That’s kind of like a competitive little thing I just have in my head all the time. I was just trying to go get him, really.”

Giants’ injury report

The giants held a walk-through practice on Friday, so the injury report is an estimation. Still, it is noteworthy that wide receiver Kadarius Toney was downgraded from limited participation on Thursday to ‘did not practice’ on Friday.

Did not practice

CB Justin Layne (Concussion)
CB Nick McCloud (Hamstring)
CB Aaron Robinson (Appendix)
WR Wan’Dale Robinson (Knee)
WR Kadarius Toney (Hamstring)
DL Leonard Williams (Knee)

Limited participation

S Dane Belton (Clavicle)
C Jon Feliciano (Shin)
OLB Azeez Ojulari (Calf)
S Jason Pinnock (Shoulder)
OLB Kayvon Thibodeaux (Knee)

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Mike McCarthy rebukes Jerry Jones' QB controversy comments: 'Dak is our quarterback' | Sporting News

The Dallas Cowboys’ head coach doesn’t want any part of a quarterback controversy.

Of course I would. Of course. That means we'd have won," Jones said when asked if he wants Rush to create a QB controversy in Dallas, per ESPN. "If he comes in there and plays as well as Prescott played, Rush? Played that well over these next games ahead? I'd walk to New York to get that."

McCarthy simply wasn't having it.

“Clearly, everybody in our locker room and everybody in the building, Jerry included, Dak is our quarterback,” McCarthy said, per The Fort Worth Star Telegram. “We want Cooper to be successful as possible. So, I think it stops right there.”

Ex-Giants QB pokes fun at Brett Favre amid welfare fraud scandal - nj.com

Sage Rosenfels took a shot at Brett Favre on social media. Rosenfels tweeted:

Since retirement, I have been lucky to avoid stealing millions of dollars from the poorest people in my state.

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith promises big change for Giants - nj.com

Here’s what Smith said on First Take:

“The bottom line is he’s been relatively pedestrian. They have the second worst passing attack in football at this particular moment in time ... Brian Daboll, I like him. But I promise you, they [are] going to have a new quarterback next year. They might even have a new quarterback this season. Daniel Jones better get his act together, he’s going to lose his job.”

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