Osi on Jason Pierre-Paul: “I don’t know if it’s going to be this year”

AP

While releasing short Instagram workout videos, Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has maintained he’d be ready to play again soon.

But a former teammate who has talked to him seems to be the first to suggest that might not be this year.

Former Giants pass-rusher Osi Umenyiora, who was inducted to the team’s Ring of Honor last night, said he’s had conversations with the injured franchise player, who lost his right index finger among other injuries in a Fourth of July fireworks accident.

“If anybody could do it, it’ll be him,” Umenyiora said, via Brian Lewis of the New York Post. “He’s a powerful, athletic football player. I relied more on technique: He was just more athleticism. A guy like that, he’d be able to.

“He’s still young. He’s going to be able to play football. I don’t know if it’s going to be this year, but he’s going to be able to play.”

The Giants effectively sent him back to work out some more after meeting with him on Labor Day. Since then, we’ve seen grainy video of him pulling a sled and bench pressing (sort of), but no indication that he might be close to coming back. Teammates are largely in the dark, but Umenyiora has been in touch.

“I talked to him. He’s in good spirits,” Umenyiora said. “He seems happy. I think he’s just happy he’s alive, you know what I mean, [after] all the stuff that he went through. As soon as he gets out here, he’ll be OK. He just needs to get healthy first. As soon as he does, then he’ll get out here.

“Obviously, the team needs him. I think it’s obvious for everybody to see that. You know what type of player he is. As soon as he’s healthy, he’ll come out; and hopefully before the end of the year he’ll be out there helping.”

But that timeline is far from certain, as he continues to not make $870,000 per week and the Giants continue to not have the kind of pass rush they need.

29 responses to “Osi on Jason Pierre-Paul: “I don’t know if it’s going to be this year”

  1. the Giants should just cut their loses. Even last season, he was more trouble than he was worth.

  2. For some reason, I have felt that Osi should get back or try to stay in playing shape in case they need a situational guy.

    You never know who the Giants could need.

  3. If we’d had a healthy JPP and Beatty the Giants may have actually been a legit threat this season. Oh well….we’ll have lots of cap space next year at least.

  4. When do we get to see more pics of those decimated digits? That mangle mitt? Is he a flipper now, or more of a T-Rex? Maybe he can get something from ebay, like Chuckie on
    Sons of Anarchy?

  5. After all the stupid stuff I did when I was younger with fireworks, M-80s, etc, I’m amazed I still have all my fingers. Now I’m content to just watch others set off fireworks. I’m done and hopefully other high profile athletes are too.

  6. Osi on Jason Pierre-Paul: “I don’t know if it’s going to be this year”

    Well next year’s season starts after July 4th, correct?
    Let’s wait and see if JPP has another 4th of July party.

  7. All you dullards saying “Giants should move on” do realize that they aren’t paying him a cent right now, right?

  8. It was a great night for the Giants and the fans having Osi come home and be added to the ring of Honor along with some other great giant legends.

    2 of which were not well know one being a trainer who had spent 60 years with he team and one who has a life long fan I had never heard of Jack Lummus who only played 9 games in the NFL and left to join the Marine and lost his life during the battle of Iwo Jima

    Did the trainer or Mr. Lummus win championships no they did not but they are Giants and the team does not forget
    That is why they are the class of the NFL

  9. JPP’s hand fits into that space where it turns on the machine that makes oxygen on Mars.

  10. its not like hes a game changer. hes very overrated.

    ——

    he single highhandedly (pun intended) got hem into the 2011 postseason when he blocked the game winning field goal. they went on to win the Superbowl.

    But no, he’s not a game changer.

  11. It sucks he’s not on the team to help, but, it’s just pathetic that the guys they do have on the team are getting stonewalled so often. They aren’t playing Dallas’ line every week but they sure as hell are making it look that way.

  12. mezanine10 says:Oct 12, 2015 2:31 PM

    JPP’s hand fits into that space where it turns on the machine that makes oxygen on Mars.

    ________

    Underrated and hilarious Total Recall reference.

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