Jason Pierre-Paul: My right hand feels like my left hand

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Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul saw the additions that the team made to the defense in free agency and he’s heard the predictions of better results this season, but he said Thursday that he’s aware “we don’t know” what the unit will be at this point in time.

One thing that would help the unit achieve their goals would be a return to form from Pierre-Paul after he missed half of last season while recovering from the fireworks accident that mangled his right hand. Pierre-Paul had some good moments, but wearing a club on his right hand limited his ability to make plays when he got to the quarterback. He’s not wearing the club this year and says everything feels like it is back to normal on the field.

“My hand feels great,” Pierre-Paul said, via ESPN.com. “No complaining, no nothing. I’ve been training hard, been getting after it and getting ready to play some football. The club isn’t going to be an issue or anything. My right hand feels like my left hand. I don’t have to prove anything. It’s free will. I know I don’t need nothing to go out there to protect myself. I feel comfortable in using my hand and striking with it and hitting with it. I’m very excited to show people, ‘Hey, nothing has changed.'”

The Giants will be thrilled if that turns out to be the case because the pre-fireworks Pierre-Paul was an integral part of their defense for most of his first five seasons with the team.

33 responses to “Jason Pierre-Paul: My right hand feels like my left hand

  1. Although it was certainly a foolish injury, I would certainly struggle to live without my right thumb and index finger. Got to respect the way the guy has taken ownership of his injury and gets on with it, without making excuses or being a victim

  2. Technically he is correct. He feels with both hands the same way…well, less a few digits on one of them but the act of feeling works the same either way.

  3. Im betting the over that he gets 8 sacks and over 70 tackles this year… Fingers crossed he may even make it to the pro bowl…
    I have to hand it to him for not letting this accident blow up his promising career… his future seems pointed in the right direction and im all out of hand puns.

  4. If you had to lose a finger, the index would be the one to go. The middle finger can fill in for almost any use of the index finger, and losing your pinky, ring, or middle finger, significantly reduces your grip strength.

    That said, a thumb is still necessary to function like a normal hand.

  5. judalation says:
    Jul 28, 2016 3:55 PM

    Im betting the over that he gets 8 sacks and over 70 tackles this year… Fingers crossed he may even make it to the pro bowl…

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    Cmon man, you know he can’t cross his fingers.

  6. Giants fans don’t give a damn what it looks liked and don’t give a damn what it feels like but we do care a lot about about how well it works

  7. I laughed when I read the headline. “My right hand feels like my left hand and my left hand feels like my right foot and my right foot feels like my left ear.”.

  8. I love that guy. I wish him all the good fortune in the world. As for you stupid ignoramuses that think your dumb jokes are funny, I have news for you: when you or someone you love suffers a significant injury, that’s when I’ll laugh. I will laugh so hard, and then write jokes on the internet about you. I can’t wait.

  9. As long as the Giants don’t continue to cheat by turning that nub into the size of a giant mummified oven mitt, I’ll be perfectly fine with it and wishing him the best.

  10. judalation says:
    Jul 28, 2016 3:55 PM

    Im betting the over that he gets 8 sacks and over 70 tackles this year… Fingers crossed he may even make it to the pro bowl…
    I have to hand it to him for not letting this accident blow up his promising career… his future seems pointed in the right direction and im all out of hand puns.

    I go with the over on the 8 sacks, but the under on the 70 tackles.

  11. he continues to try to bluff people into beliving he can do something with that hand

    if he could be doing something with that hand, he wouldn’t have needed straps to lift a 30 pund bell with it in that video he did

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