Dexter Lawrence and Evan Engram defend Daniel Jones; Engram sees Mayfield’s “scream of attention”
Daniel Jones‘ teammates had enough of the slander. Immediately after Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield’s comments that the Giants “forgot how to win” with Jones’s pick at number 6 overall, the closed wing Evan Engram had a firm defense of the heir evident to Eli Manning.
“There are two types of people in this world,” Engram said, through Matt Lombardo of NJ Advance Media. “There are people who are stunned and cry out for attention and there are people who put their heads down, get to work and do things. That’s all Daniel’s been doing.”
Mayfield was the player Engram was referring to the “cry for attention.” The Browns quarterback admitted in a GQ interview that “I couldn’t believe” that the Giants took Jones and that decision “took his breath away.”
The Giants’ defensive tackle, also selected in the first round with Jones, also had a strong defense from his quarterback and quarter-mate campmate. While Lawrence didn’t see the comments, that didn’t affect the way he sees the future leader of the Giants.
“All I can say is that I’m happy that Daniel (Jones) is part of my team,” Lawrence told the Giants that beat reporters. “I played against him in college and he did his thing. You know we can control what we can control. He comes in and works hard every day and deserves respect, but I guess he has to go and earn it.”
“I mean, he doesn’t let things like that eliminate him at all. He knows who he is, he knows how hard he works, he knows where he came from. It’s just people talking around again and you can’t control that.” .. He deserves a lot more respect than that.”
Jones was indifferent to Mayfield’s comments, using the balanced approach that helped him overcome constant criticism since he was recruited.
“I try not to hear much of what is said. I think I’ve done a good job about it,” Jones said. “I’ve heard that before, I have the same mentality, I certainly have a lot to focus on here, I have a lot to worry about here and I’m focused on that. It’s been good, but only focused on what I’m doing here.
“When you leave the building, I don’t think it’s much to focus on that for me. It certainly focused here.”
Source in Writing from: cbssports