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Cowboys DeMarcus Lawrence answers Giants shade thrown at Dak with some at Eli

Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, left, recovers a fumble by Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey during first quarter action at Bank of America Stadium on September 9.
Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, left, recovers a fumble by Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey during first quarter action at Bank of America Stadium on September 9. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

The New York Giants defense aren’t the only ones throwing shade. Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence said he dreams of games like the Cowboys’ home opener against the Giants Sunday night at AT&T Stadium.

Specifically, facing a pocket passer such Eli Manning who is less mobile than others when he’s under pressure.

“You dream of nights like this. Sunday night football, all the lights … No. 10 just sitting back in the pocket,” Lawrence said, with the proverbial drool dripping out of his mouth. “But we have to stop the run first in order to get to third down. We can sit here and wish, hope and pray but we have to go out do that work.”

That starts with stopping rookie running back Saquon Barkley and forcing Manning to drop back. Lawrence, of course, meant no disrespect to Manning. Just as Giants’ safety Landon Collins meant no disrespect to Cowboys’ quarterback Dak Prescott when he said New York wanted to force Prescott to beat them with his arm.



“He’s a Super bowl champ so you can’t sit here and talk bad about Eli,” said Lawrence, who has been nursing a groin injury this week. “but then again he is a pocket quarterback and he’s going to look down his targets and once they’re not there he’s got to take the sack.”

Lawrence had one sack against the Carolina Panthers and led the team with 14.5 sacks in 2017.

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