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Coughlin: Pierre-Paul “wants to be the player that he was a couple years ago”

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Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is recovering well from the shoulder injury that kept him out of the final five games of the 2013 season, coach Tom Coughlin said Friday.

“At this point in time he’s on schedule,” Coughlin said at the NFL Scouting Combine. “There was no surgery involved, so hopefully he’s going to return back to feeling the way he has in the past and be excited about himself because he feels good and there’s no limitations.”

The 25-year-old Pierre-Paul recorded just 27 tackles and two sacks in 11 games in 2013. He also had back surgery last June. When in top form, he can be one of the game’s top defensive ends, as evidenced by his 86-tackle, 16.5-sack output in the Giants’ Super Bowl-winning season of 2011.

“Jason, we had good conversations before he left, and he wants to be the player that he was a couple years ago when he returns, and I’m interested in that,” Coughlin said.

Pierre-Paul is entering the final year of his rookie contract. An injury-free, productive season would set up him to be one of the top free agents in the Class of 2015.

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16 Responses to “Coughlin: Pierre-Paul “wants to be the player that he was a couple years ago””
  1. riggz91 says: Feb 21, 2014 4:23 PM

    I always love when ppl kill a guy for not playing through injuries and also kill a guy for playing badly while playing through injuries. This guy was a monster the year the Gmen won the SB. Contract year and another year removed from back surgery he should be in top form.

  2. gbpackbacker says: Feb 21, 2014 4:24 PM

    This guy isn’t half the player Johnny Jolly is.

  3. stercuilus65 says: Feb 21, 2014 5:16 PM

    This guy is a waste, a one trick pony who is done. Cut him.

  4. cards13 says: Feb 21, 2014 5:20 PM

    One year wonder

  5. ravenswhat says: Feb 21, 2014 5:37 PM

    Yeah that ship has sailed.

  6. wishingtonredslur says: Feb 21, 2014 5:55 PM

    JPP will be a force this season just like Flacco was a farce last season.

  7. phukurmouf says: Feb 21, 2014 5:59 PM

    Im sure chris johnson is thinkn the samething….

  8. 1rockyracoon says: Feb 21, 2014 6:02 PM

    So from June to November he had back surgery and a shoulder injury he’s still recovering from. Definitely can expect an injury free season. He’s turning into Gronchowski.

  9. stung4ever1983 says: Feb 21, 2014 6:05 PM

    And I want to be in a threesome with Scarlett Johansson and Kate Upton.

  10. kd75 says: Feb 21, 2014 6:13 PM

    When healthy, JPP is the best defensive player in the NFL. Not just DE or DL. Best player.

    Dude was playing with one arm last season and called a screen pass that he picked off and took to the house.

    Bad backs are a tough injury though and he may never reach his full potential.

  11. billco6192013 says: Feb 21, 2014 6:34 PM

    Contract year coming up we will see.Hope he doesn’t pull a nicks

  12. patriotenvy says: Feb 21, 2014 8:08 PM

    He will have a good year for one of two reasons. He wants a big pay day from the giants, or he wants to get picked up by a team that makes the playoffs more than one a decade.

  13. doe22us says: Feb 21, 2014 9:46 PM

    I can’t even imagine recovering from back surgery, this guy is a force and a year removed from that, there is no question that he will be dominant.

  14. bigbosscrispy says: Feb 21, 2014 11:33 PM

    He needs a Michael Strahan caliber player on the other side of the d line to be effective….

  15. higheriqthanyou says: Feb 22, 2014 10:04 AM

    IF he’s good enough, he eventually beg Seattle for a min. Pay deal.

  16. buljos says: Feb 22, 2014 12:00 PM

    He and his doctors have to make the right decisions about his recovery from these injuries, and those decisions must be made early enough to allow for rehab and then full participation in the off season strength and conditioning program. “I feel great” means very little if there was an abbreviated workout program before camp. JPP has to be at full strength when he reports to camp and then transition to playing shape. Doing less will result in another disappointing season, regardless of how good he feels.

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