With a 2-7 record halfway through the 2023 season, the New York Giants under second-year head coach Brian Daboll have been an embarrassment.
The Giants are on track to establish multiple undesired franchise records and are having one of the worst offensive seasons in team history. Conversely, Wink Martindale’s team has shown a lack of consistency at best; they may be dominant one week and completely outplayed the next.
The Giants’ current state is far from what many had anticipated, and last week’s loss of starting quarterback Daniel Jones due to an ACL tear made matters worse.
In spite of the pointlessness and the extreme underperformance, one player has persisted in rising up the ranks and can now legitimately call himself the best in the league for his position.
At this point in the season, Dexter Lawrence is having one of the most dominant nose tackle performances in NFL history. And aptly, that earned him a spot on the Midseason All-Pro Team of Pro Football Focus.
As a pass-rusher from the nose tackle position, Lawrence has the second-highest PFF grade of any defensive player this season.
In 247 pass-rushing snaps, he has accumulated 44 total pressures, good for a position-leading 92.2 PFF pass-rushing grade.
Jalen Carter, a defensive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles, lost to Lawrence for the title.
The extent of Sexy Dexy’s dominance this year cannot be overstated. When he plays at his peak, he humiliates opponents by winning every snap. Even in his lowest moments, he remains one of the top players on the pitch.
Lawrence has proven to be one of the league’s most influential defenders and unquestionably the best interior defender, going beyond simply being selected for the PFF Midseason All-Pro Team.
Of course, none of the other Giants were on the list.