Giants’ pass-rusher trio sees ‘sky’s the limit’ for upcoming season

Brian Burns, who was nowhere near as good as some of the former players who fired Tom Brady after winning the Super Bowl, brushes up on Giants history in the two months since he became the centerpiece of a massive trade. I proved that I did it.

The Giants are known for having a lot of pass rushers, right?

“lots of wonderful Pass rusher,” Barnes interjected.

That’s a good perspective. So how do he and Kayvon Thibodeau and Dexter Lawrence (three former first-round draft picks) start with Lawrence Taylor and Leonard Marshall, then move on to Michael Strahan, Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiola, and Jason Pierre? Will they be able to become a trio that continues the tradition passed down by Paul?

“We’ll find out soon enough,” Burns said. “At the moment we are just trying to improve every day. If you put our status together, there are no limits. We can really do anything and we are all young so I hope that continues for many years to come.” I hope so.”

Brian Burns (right) and Kayvon Thibodeau (left) during the draft party between the New York Giants and New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Michael Karas / USA TODAY NETWORK

Barnes and Thibodeau arrived together Saturday at the Dexter Lawrence Celebrity Softball Game hosted by Giants superfan Joe Luback at Clover Stadium in Pomona.

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The crowd of about 2,000 people matched with championship-winning Giants alumni, including tackle and sack Jay Alford, who totaled four sacks in Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI. , cried out for the attention of Barnes, Thibodeau, and Lawrence. The first of those two upsets.

“You could see the love they were giving us and feel the energy,” Burns said. “They have high expectations for this team, so we’re very excited.”

Barnes, 26, has 46 sacks in 80 career games and just signed a five-year, $141.5 million extension. Lawrence, 26, has 12 sacks over the past two seasons and is considered the best pass-rushing nose tackle in the league, and is on a four-year, $90 million contract.

Barnes (No. 16) was drafted one spot ahead of Lawrence (No. 17) in 2019.

“I love the way he plays,” Lawrence said. “He’s obviously going to bring good knowledge to this room. I can’t say anything. [what we’re capable of.] We must continue to feed each other and continue to grow with each other. ”

Thibodeau, 23, is coming off a season in which he had a record 11.5 sacks in his second year as a pro, and he’s stuck close to Barnes in the weight room and on off-the-field fishing trips.

Giants’ Dexter Lawrence reacts as he steps to the plate during a celebrity softball game at Clover Stadium in Pomona, New York. Bill Kostron/New York Post
Giants’ Brian Burns thanked fans before the Dexter Lawrence Celebrity Softball game at Clover Stadium in Pomona, New York. Bill Kostron/New York Post

“We just train together,” Burns said. “Whenever he’s not there, I go get him and he’s always trying to outdo me, so we push each other. We’ll have to see about that.”

Barnes and Lawrence actually date back to the 2016 Army All-American Bowl, when the two high school recruits were roommates.

“That was the biggest kid I’ve ever seen in my life,” Burns said with a laugh. “I still have a video of me and him sitting on the bus together. He took up the entire seat.”

At 6-foot-4 and 340 pounds, Lawrence hasn’t shrunk yet.

The attention he commands on the interior is key to keeping Barnes and Thibodeau off the edge in one-on-one matchups.

“I know, so it’s fun.” [defenses] We need to thoroughly investigate him,” Burns said. “Also, [Thibodeaux] Contrary to me, they will have to poison who they want to press the keys and who they want to slide. This frees us up a lot in many different situations. ”

Barnes will need to get used to his new teammates before he plays his old team (Panthers) on Nov. 24 in a game relocated to Germany by the NFL.

“I was a little disappointed in that,” Burns said. “I wanted to come back and play in Carolina, but Germany is a new experience for me.”

Burns, Thibodeau and Lawrence will play together for the first time Thursday during an OTA practice session with media attendance.

Barnes’ contract, which the Panthers were reluctant to award after two years of negotiations, is the third-largest among NFL edge rushers, and he is expected to do well.

“I consider everything a blessing,” Burns said. “God put me in this position to accomplish great things and be an inspiration to certain people. If I stay disciplined and keep a routine, everything will be fine.”