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Dexter Lawrence plans to bring the energy to Giants in Jabrill Peppers' absence

Giants defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence during training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Aug. 19. Credit: AP/Evan Pinkus

Dexter Lawrence will try to replace Jabrill Peppers this Sunday.

Certainly not in the secondary, although the 342-pound defensive lineman did volunteer his services there if he is needed. "I can play safety," he said confidently, with only the hint of a grin.

But with Peppers’ availability against the Rams not looking good — he missed a second straight practice with an ankle issue on Thursday — Lawrence is far better suited to help occupy a different role that Peppers’ absence vacates.