Four sacks lift Justin Tuck to NFC defensive player of the week

AP

Giants defensive end Justin Tuck was a guest on PFT Live on Tuesday, which means he stopped by a day too early to find out how he feels about being the NFC defensive player of the week.

The NFL announced Tuck as the honoree on Wednesday and the choice doesn’t come as much of a shock. The Giants and Redskins may have been playing out the string on Sunday night, but four sacks still wind up catching the eye when it comes to things like determining the best defensive performer of the week.

What will they mean for Tuck’s contract in 2014? Tuck and the team have not started talking about a contract ahead of what is shaping up as a transformative offseason for the Giants, leaving Tuck with nothing more than a plan to keep playing.

“Oh, I’m definitely not retiring. I definitely will continue to play,” Tuck said, via the Newark Star-Ledger. “My body feels great. I definitely have a huge passion for the game, and we’ll see where everything stacks up at the end of the year.”

Four more weeks of strong production won’t hurt Tuck’s contract chances with the Giants or anywhere else, but a slow finish will only serve to remind potential suitors of how little Tuck was able to accomplish before facing a bad Redskins team in Week 13.