DE Jason Pierre Paul said today that he took himself off PUP after he was free of pain. He will be joining his team in the non-padded practice this afternoon at Quest.
His teammates are obviously pleased their All-Pro DE is back. Last Saturday vs the Jets, the Giants recorded no sacks on Jets’ rookie QB Geno Smith. He will be a welcome sight to many of his mates.
Eli Manning: “Obviously you’d like to have all of your weapons, whether offense or defense. Have them out on the field and JPP is certainly a playmaker and hopefully he can get 100 percent and play at a high level and make some plays for us.”
Antrel Rolle: “JPP, we all know what he means to this defense and what he means to this team. Just having him out there with the guys is just going to make us fight that much harder to get ourselves ready, to make sure we’re on the same page with him and to get him ready, you know, coming Week 1 or whenever he’s going to come back and return to our defense in full form. So, like I said, it is what it is. It’s always better to have our keys guys out there, just going out there and competing… He’s our best defensive play-maker, hands down. I think he shows it week in and week out and, with him having the surgery and trying to get him back in tip-top shape and tip-top form, hopefully we’re going to see a performance that he’s never ever shown us. We’re looking for miraculous things out of JPP and he’s a guy that can definitely give it to us.”
Mathias Kiwanuka: “He’s a very intense player. He comes to work every single day and I think his smile on the sidelines and his ability to get to the quarterback is something that will help our team out…when we’re at full strength, when we have all of our pass rushers on the field, teams have to make a decision as to who they’re going to leave single blocked. We always feel like that one individual who gets that single should win. So having us at full strength will be a good matchup.”