Bob Glauber of Newsday wrote a good piece last week about how the emergence of second-year player Jason Pierre-Paul in training camp hasn’t helped Osi Umenyiora’s leverage in his contract stalemate.
That was before Pierre-Paul had two sacks and forced an interception with a pass pressure in the first week of the preseason. Keep in mind that Pierre-Paul did his damage against Panthers tackle Jordan Gross, who has made a Pro Bowl.
“Jason did a heck of a job,” coach Tom Coughlin said. “He was very physical, he had the two sacks and he just missed another one. He was a penetrator, he was a force, he really enjoyed playing and I thought he gave us a real spark.”
Glauber and others in New York don’t have a lot of hope that the Giants can make the playoffs this year, but I disagree.
The equation is simple: Year two of Perry Fewell’s defensive scheme + Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka, Pierre-Paul, and Umenyiora should equal a lot of long days for opposing quarterbacks.