ARLINGTON, Tex. — Dallas Cowboys defensive end sacked New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning twice in the team’s 19-3 win Sunday night at AT&T Stadium.
The fourth-year veteran from Boise State spent his off-season recovering from a back surgery, his second such procedure in as many off-seasons.
“It was a blessing and I give all honor to God just to go out there and to be able to be myself,” Lawrence said of his two sacks and five tackles that helped limit the Giants to 233 total yards. “To go out there and play freely and my coaches too putting me in the right position and my teammates.”
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who traded a second and third-round pick in 2014 with Washington to move up and take Lawrence with the 34th overall pick, says he is living up to his potential.
“There is no question that he is player that we hoped for when we drafted him,” said Jones. “We hoped he’d get it together and be what he is on the field now. I’m talking about on the field with his technique and those types of things and not anything else. He’s putting it all together.”
The Cowboys curtailed New York to just four third down conversions out of 12 plays. The three points surrendered to the Giants were the least scored by an opponent on Opening Day going back to Sept. 4, 1995 when the Cowboys shutout the Giants 35-0.
Was Sunday night’s dominance against New York a portent of things to come with the defense?
“We’re just going to keep going one game at a time and get better each and every day,” said Lawrence.