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Giants pass rush rounding into shape

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I picked the Giants to win the NFC East before the season because I thought their pass rush would be the most dangerous weapon in the division.

New York has started 3-1, and we still haven’t seen their pass rush at full strength. But they are getting closer.

Osi Umenyiora returned Sunday and recorded two sacks a forced fumble.  Jason Pierre-Paul has played like a Pro Bowler this season. Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger had JPP recording five pressures against Arizona; he also had a huge pass defensed on the final drive.

The Giants are still waiting for Justin Tuck to be 100%, and Mathias Kiwanuka hasn’t made a huge impact so far. But Chris Canty, Linval Joseph, and Michael Boley have upped their play this year. Sub Dave Tollefson had two sacks against Arizona.

Add it all up, and this group has potential to be special. They are 3-1 and haven’t played their best yet.  That has guys like Antrel Rolle feeling pretty optimistic after the season’s first month.

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27 Responses to “Giants pass rush rounding into shape”
  1. The Commish says: Oct 4, 2011 11:59 AM

    In addition, their 1st rd pick, Prince Amukamara, is due back soon. Possibly even as early as this week.

  2. hus10188 says: Oct 4, 2011 12:19 PM

    I loved Osi’s stare down at the Giants sideline after that sack on Kolb during the final drive. He’s such a pain in the butt but such a damn good pass rusher, but that was funny to see.

    Yeah but would be really nice to see a healthy rotation of Tuck, Osi, JPP, Kiwi and Tollefson.

  3. DonRSD says: Oct 4, 2011 12:20 PM

    GO BIG BLUE!!!

  4. thehouseofho says: Oct 4, 2011 12:30 PM

    Shame they lost Marvin Austin for the season. He could have provided more DT depth and added to the pass rush even more.

  5. zaggs says: Oct 4, 2011 12:31 PM

    When Tuck comes back they’ll be able to have downs where JPP, Tuck, Osi and either Canty or Kiwi on the line. Good luck blocking that.

  6. sicklife1 says: Oct 4, 2011 12:41 PM

    @ The Commish

    We can’t expect much from Prince. Probably the 2nd hardest position (to QB of course) to adjust from College to the Pros & make an impact on the field. As long as Tuck comes back healthy & this neck injury isn’t nagging all year, we’ll be fine. He’s really the one player on D that we cannot afford to lose for a long period of time, no matter how many pass rushers we have.

  7. greymares says: Oct 4, 2011 12:47 PM

    I’m sorry but the Giant fans on this site are only interested in making derogatory post’s on Eagle storys.

  8. bigblueblitz says: Oct 4, 2011 12:47 PM

    resiliency.

  9. bigpara says: Oct 4, 2011 12:48 PM

    The NYG linebacker group is starting to look strong too. Hopefully with Prince coming back that with strengthen their secondary. In a few weeks the Giants D will be scary good.

  10. chocolatebaconbutter says: Oct 4, 2011 12:50 PM

    To think what would have been without all the injuries. That’s football though, we move on dispite them. You won’t hear us complain and make excuses though, unlike some other NFC East team…

  11. willyalistentothis says: Oct 4, 2011 1:23 PM

    With Tuck back, it would be best to have JPP back on the right side. He is unquestionably better against the run than Osi, and nothing is lost in the pass rush. But Osi will inevitably stomp his knees and pout and it might not be worth the drama. Never-the-less, I was pleased to see Osi making plenty of noise on Sunday.

  12. gcsuk says: Oct 4, 2011 1:25 PM

    greymares says: Oct 4, 2011 12:47 PM

    I’m sorry but the Giant fans on this site are only interested in making derogatory post’s on Eagle storys.
    ———————————————————————–
    Sorry, but that should read as:
    “I’m sorry but the Giant fans on this site are ALSO interested in making derogatory post’s on Eagle storys.”

    By the way, “storys” is not the proper plural of “story”. It should be “stories”. And “post’s” needs no apostrophe, as it is the plural.

    Another fine product of the Philly school system.

  13. ronworthdubbs says: Oct 4, 2011 1:47 PM

    I’m more concerned about the inability to stop runs off the edge. That has to stop or else, the pass rush is useless.

  14. cmb79 says: Oct 4, 2011 1:50 PM

    The way I see it, they can ride the defense pretty far. And Eli’s been on point for the past few weeks. Granted, the second half of the schedule is murderous, but you never know with this team. I’m cautiously optimistic.

  15. Fan On Fire_Maurice Barksdale says: Oct 4, 2011 2:01 PM

    The Giants pass rush ability is the main thing that keeps them relevant and Superbowl contenders.

    When they get it going, they have the talent to make life miserable for any QB in the league.

  16. texastornado82 says: Oct 4, 2011 2:13 PM

    It’s hard not to like giants and what they’re doing. I think most of us didn’t exspect much, when they started the season with like 7 startes on IR.

    As those startes come back, they’ll just get stronger and stronger.

  17. n0hopeleft says: Oct 4, 2011 2:45 PM

    greymares says:
    Oct 4, 2011 12:47 PM
    I’m sorry but the Giant fans on this site are only interested in making derogatory post’s on Eagle storys.

    ___________________________________

    The EMPTY TROPHY CASE CLAN shows up, finally!!!!

    Im sorry – but your team SUCKS!!!

    Hope that punt return made you feel great all summer long!

    CHOKE ARTISTS OF THE CENTURY!

  18. n0hopeleft says: Oct 4, 2011 2:46 PM

    I hope all the Skins fans on this site feel very confident right now.

    The GMeN are coming for you – and we are very, VERY PISSED OFF about week 1.

  19. armchairqb says: Oct 4, 2011 2:52 PM

    Well, as a Jints fan let me remind my brothers of the Big Blue Faithful that NYG is living fat an happy on the light part of their schedule. Want a wake-up call? Check out the murderer’s row that awaits them after Week 7 … not pretty. They need to win now, because the sledding gets pretty tough after mid season.

  20. greymares says: Oct 4, 2011 3:31 PM

    nohopeleft, actually it’s the 6 out of 7 with 7 out of 8 in my near future.

  21. greymares says: Oct 4, 2011 3:37 PM

    gesuk, actually when you retire at 47 a self made millionaire and thats 25 years ago you don’t worry to much about spelling and punctuation. is to late for you to go to school in Philly?

  22. bigbluefan1 says: Oct 4, 2011 4:35 PM

    Greymares
    As you like to talk about the past wins and losses here is a little something for you to chew on

    81-69-2 Life time againest your epukes

    Have a nice day !!!!

  23. youdownwithjpp says: Oct 4, 2011 4:58 PM

    greymares says: Oct 4, 2011 3:37 PM

    gesuk, actually when you retire at 47 a self made millionaire and thats 25 years ago you don’t worry to much about spelling and punctuation. is to late for you to go to school in Philly?

    ———————————————

    If you’re a millionaire and your grammar and punctuation is this bad I expect you made your money in construction or waste management.

    It would also explain your ignorance in learning to write and speak the English language properly.

    As I can tell with your situation just because you have money does not mean you can buy class or intelligence.

    In my experience most of those who DO have money don’t make it overtly known or throw it in others faces.

    But then again those few individuals that I do know who are monetarily advantageous are also very socially conscious and responsible, so they may be the minority of the group you consider yourself a part of.

    But hey what do I know. I’m just a hard working chump who doesn’t gain my self worth from my financial statements.

  24. kev86 says: Oct 4, 2011 5:00 PM

    11-5 and one home playoff game would work for me. Anyone see Eli’s home/away stats that include wins and losses too?? Nearly IDENTICAL. Easy Eli has ice in his veins. Keep abusing him if you want and keep reminding us how bad he is. It helps.

    GO BLUE!

  25. duncanthecat says: Oct 4, 2011 5:10 PM

    You guys sure talk a big name when every year it’s big bark and no bite.

    If not for the refs hosing the Cardinals The G men would be going no where fast.

    Not sure any of the injured players make much on a impact. They’ve been around a while and its the same ole same ole.

  26. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 4, 2011 6:40 PM

    Tuck missing every other game… DAVE contributing… Osi just coming back… we get Prince back this week… Ross finally playing worth a damn for the first time since ’07… JPP playing out of his mind (needs to rotate snaps with Osi and play DT at times, he doesn’t have the technique necessary to play LE yet).

    We’re the best line in football and not even at 100% yet.

  27. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 4, 2011 9:58 PM

    We have no home field advantage because these pantywaists that go to the games and buy up the tickets from the REAL fans. These clowns mostly sit on their hands all game like they’re at an opera.

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