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Jason Pierre-Paul: I’m ready to go

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There wasn’t much to like about the Giants in 2013 and the performance of defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was one of the reasons why the season wound up in the dismal column.

Pierre-Paul was expected to be a driving force for the team’s pass rush, but he managed just two sacks before being shut down for the final five weeks because of a shoulder injury. That came after offseason back surgery, criticism about being overweight from coach Tom Coughlin and a 2012 campaign that was also off the standard that Pierre-Paul set in his second season.

After that season, there wasn’t anyone that would have predicted Pierre-Paul’s future with the Giants was anything but secure. Pierre-Paul is entering the final year of his contract, though, and he’ll need to show much more than he did last season in order to remain a major part of the team’s plans in 2015 and beyond. Good thing, then, that Pierre-Paul deems himself “fully healthy and ready to go” for the kind of performance that eluded him last year.

“I don’t feel pressure at all,” Pierre-Paul said, via the New York Post. “I’m ready to get out there and do what I do best, sack the quarterback and stop the run. I’m ready to get out there and show everybody.”

The Giants defense has moved away from the overload of pass rushers they rode to a pair of Super Bowl titles, opting to spend their offseason loading up in the secondary. Pierre-Paul might not feel pressure, but those choices put the onus on him to thrive without the running mates of the past and an inability to do that won’t bode well for the Giants defense.

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13 Responses to “Jason Pierre-Paul: I’m ready to go”
  1. thevikingslol says: May 30, 2014 9:19 AM

    You know who’s “ready to go” every offseason? The Minnesota Vikings.

    You know who can’t wait for next offseason once every real season begins? The Minnesota Vikings.

  2. paulsmith107 says: May 30, 2014 9:22 AM

    Since he has been the focal point of the most important person to stop on that giants d he’s been nothing.

  3. bigdbaby says: May 30, 2014 9:53 AM

    One year wonder!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. logicalvoiceslogicalvoice says: May 30, 2014 9:57 AM

    He’s ready to go to the PUP.

    This guy is a chump, I’m glad the Giants are putting so much faith in him. Get ready for another disappointing season JPP. Jason Peters has you on lock down twice a year.

  5. justintuckrule says: May 30, 2014 10:03 AM

    Blame the team for rushing him back last year. Had back surgery two days before training camp and started game 1. He shouldn’t have seen the field until thanksgiving if at all. By then, the back finally healed and he had a monster game vs oak. Hurt his shoulder next game on a hustle play and that was it. Rest assured fans of those other loser teams in our division who haven’t won anything since journey was still together. He’ll be assaulting your win-never qbs real soon.

    Cheers.

  6. dallassux says: May 30, 2014 10:03 AM

    Overrated

  7. greymares says: May 30, 2014 10:27 AM

    Prime example of why the avg. nfl lifespan is 4yrs.

  8. charmcitychampions says: May 30, 2014 10:49 AM

    Contract year? If so, expect big things. If not, he’ll be dinged up when you need him.

  9. chalkruz1989 says: May 30, 2014 11:23 AM

    With Justin Tuck now in Oakland, Jason Pierre Paul will be the leading rusher for the New York Giants as his supporting cast consists of Matthias Kiwanuka and Damontre Moore.

    I expect an improvement with the inclusion of some monster defensive tackles to help the ends get one-on-ones.

  10. ctgiant says: May 30, 2014 11:33 AM

    Giants fans will find out this year if JPP on his own, without Osi, Tuck, and just Moore a rookie, or Ayers if he is really one guy that can’t be stopped. Most teams over-loaded on his side when he got those 16.5 sacks in 2012, he remains, a question mark, though he is at 275 lbs, which is good for him.
    If he can have another good year, say 10+ sacks, giants will be a solid run stopping group.
    Will see.
    CT GIANT

  11. lic112014 says: May 30, 2014 3:43 PM

    He has to show that desire he had his rookie season.I think he relied to much on his natural talent.That only takes you so far.He’s says he’s healthy and ready to go so hopefully Perry Fewell will blitz more and not just rely on the front four all the time and that can free him up more.

  12. kev86 says: May 30, 2014 6:46 PM

    You would take him on your team in a heartbeat. JPP is a beast. He could have a big year. Go Giants.

  13. droopy925 says: May 31, 2014 6:17 PM

    Jpp won’t have a good season but only because he will see double team all season long

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