John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Giants’ DE Jason Pierre-Paul has gone on an odyssey of sorts since his Pro Bowl season of 2011 when he recorded 16.5 sacks. Injuries to his back and shoulder have reduced the former wunderkind to just a shell of his former self.
But after sinking to unforeseen depths the past two years (only 8.5 sacks in 27 games), JPP is crowing that he’s ready to return to superhero status.
“My mind. I’m 110 percent. I’m not worried about anything,” JPP said last week. “My main goal is to start the season off healthy, which I am, get some preseason games in and play some football. I feel like I’ve been out for a year.”
He’s say he feels better than he has since the end of the 2012 season.
“I came here for minicamp (last year) and I felt terrible and then that’s when I had to go get surgery. That was a long time. Three years ago, right? But now I’m back and ready to go. I’m ready. It is what it is.”
I can personally tell you that he’s in great spirits and health, looking very much like the spry youngster that did all those backflips The beat writers and fans who have shown up have taken notice as well.
From Rotoworld: Per reporter Conor Orr, JPP looks a “lot quicker off the edge.” That’s an absolute must for a team counting on Pierre-Paul to revive what was one of the league’s most anemic pass rushes last season. Heading into the final year of his rookie contract, JPP is still only 25, and supposedly back to 100 percent health.
A healthy JPP would do wonders for the Giants’ suddenly anemic pass rush. Combined with a possible breakout season from Damontre Moore and career-saving performances by Mathias Kiwanuka and Robert Ayers, the Giants could get back to prominence.