Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul still looking for old self after back surgery
“I’m trying to get better every day,” Pierre-Paul said. “I wish I didn’t have surgery, but I had to do it. I’m getting better every day. Everybody says I’m improving and that’ the thing. My conditioning is on point, so it’s just getting back to that football mode. I’m pretty slow off the ball as I watch on film. I’ve got to correct that. I do a great job of playing the run. I think it’s just getting off the ball and being a great pass rusher again.” Veteran defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins said because a player puts on a uniform doesn’t mean he is 100 percent. “I think getting cleared to play just means that they think you’ll make it out without any further injuries, without making it worse or anything serious,” Jenkins said.
Jason Pierre-Paul at ’75 percent’
“I don’t know. I can’t promise nothing. I can’t say I will be back for the season opener.” Giants Blog Looking for more information on Big Blue? ESPNNewYork.com has you covered. Blog Pierre-Paul was placed on the physically unable to perform list to start camp as expected. He did some light running on the side on Friday while his teammates went through a conditioning test. The Pro Bowl defensive end, who is entering his fourth season, underwent back surgery on June 4 after he still felt pain in his back. The initial timetable for recovery has the defensive end potentially being ready to play in the opener against the Cowboys. Pierre-Paul has a history of back issues but he said he first experienced the pain that led to his surgery about two years ago. The defensive end initially thought he could strengthen his core this offseason and ease the pain that way but when the pain returned in minicamp, he opted for surgery.
Jason Pierre-Paul’s concussion-related symptoms could KO NY Giants pass rush
The Giants hope to apply similar pressure on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to compensate for the shortcomings in their defensive backfield. Big Blues secondary lacks a suitable matchup for dangerous tight end Aaron Hernandez, and top corner Corey Webster may not be able to stick with speedy slot receiver Wes Welker, the leagues leader in receptions. The unit is so shaky that Fewell joked that he wished he could get Steelers corner Ike Taylor, who held Welker to 39 yards in Week 8, to play for us this week and do the same thing. The Giants hope to offset that weakness with their dangerous pass rush, much the way they did in Super Bowl XLII. We have to do a good job of constricting the pocket, beating blocks, pressing the pocket into Bradys face, defensive tackle Chris Canty said. Make him as uncomfortable as we can. Now, the Giants may have to do that without Pierre-Pauls 81/2 sacks. But they refuse to get worried. As Mathias Kiwanuka pointed out, Pierre-Paul hasnt yet been ruled out. I havent talked to him, Kiwanuka said, but I still fully expect him to be out there playing. And if JPP isnt there?
NY Giants take Jason Pierre-Paul off the physically unable to perform list
And on Monday, he took his biggest step towards a return to action, finally coming off the Physically Unable to Perform list. More than two months after his June 4 back surgery, the Giants activated their most dangerous defensive weapon in the Jason Pierre-Paul Womens Nike Jersey morning with JPP’s permission, of course. It was my decision to come off PUP, Pierre-Paul said. Im going to go out there and test it out, be with the team and see how it is. Its a move that clears the way for JPP to play the role of savior for a reeling Giants defense. The unit has shown few signs of life throughout the preseason, and things hit their nadir on Saturday against the Jets, when an invisible pass rush barely bothered Jets rookie Geno Smith and the secondary lost its biggest playmaker, interception machine Stevie Brown, to a torn left ACL. Were looking for miraculous things out of JPP, said safety Antrel Rolle. Hes a guy that can definitely give it to us. Still, Pierre-Paul is making no promises about any of that.
Jason Pierre-Paul: ‘I’m pretty sure’ Giants will beat Chiefs in Week 4
(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)The Associated Press New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, top, watches as the defense works out during NFL football practice, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)The Associated Press Next Slide Previous Slide EAST RUTHERORD, N.J. Jason Pierre-Paul might be the most puzzling piece on the winless New York Giants’ much-maligned defense. Pierre-Paul was supposed to be their playmaker, their catalyst. When opposing centers snapped the ball, many expected “JPP” to either swallow up running backs or leap over linemen for game-changing sacks. And why not? Pierre-Paul was freakish in how he dominated games in his first two seasons, only to struggle last year because of a back injury.
The Giants still had better hope that Pierre-Paul is on to something, because their season is already on the verge of slipping away. Last Sundays belly flop in Carolina may have been the low point the Giants certainly want to believe it was. The Panthers sacked Eli Manning seven times and led 31-0 at the end of three quarters, before coasting home. Pierre-Paul, who missed the whole preseason after back surgery, made his first start of 2013 in that game. So perhaps his return to a full-time role will help spark the defense. Through three weeks of the regular season, no team in football has allowed more points than the Giants (115). Each of their past two foes have topped 400 yards. The Giants own offense, meanwhile, has mustered all of 54 points in three games, the 27th best mark in the league. Theres a long way to go in the regular season, obviously, and a Giants win coupled with a Dallas loss in San Diego would leave the G-men a mere game out of first. And Pierre-Paul is kind of, sort of confident his team will deliver its end of the bargain.
The Giants managed only one sack from Mathias Kiwanuka , who had four solo tackles. Defensive lineman Jason Pierre-Paul had five solo tackles (one tackle for loss). Cornerback Aaron Ross , who started for the injured Corey Webster, had the team’s lone interception. Jason Pierre-Paul ‘getting better each day’ by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (9/19/13) Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is 14 weeks removed fromsurgery to repair a herniated disk in his lower back. Pierre-Paul admits he’s not back to the level he was playing at before he started developing back problems, but he’s getting there , according to The Star-Ledger. “Personally, I know Im not playing as well as Ive played in the past but it is what it is,” said Pierre-Paul, who had 16 1/2 sacks in 2011 before back pain contributed to that total free-falling to 6 1/2 last season. Im just coming off back surgery. I just have to get healthy. From the first game to the second game, you can see a big difference. The first game (vs. Dallas), I played like crap.