John Fennelly, Lead Writer
With Osi Umenyiora in Atlanta and Justin Tuck coming off two subpar seasons, the Giants were counting on Jason Pierre-Paul to rebound from his uneven 2012 season. With back surgery in his immediate future, that rebound has taken a huge detour.
With JPP’s return uncertain, Tuck becomes the Giants’ top pass rusher. Tuck feels he is ready to regain his old form. There is no guarantee that is going to happen. He is a 30 year-old nine-year veteran that has not been able to stay healthy in recent seasons. Uh, oh.
Mathias Kiwanuka will return to his natural position at DE. That will help. The ongoing development of Adewale Ojomo and Adrian Tracy will now come to light. We will see how far they’ve come the past year. Rookie Damontre Moore, who has been lining up predominantly as a ‘joker’, may be shifted into the DE rotation if JPP has to miss significant time.
The pass rush, which was once was the envy of the league has been reduced to a unit that could use a shot in the arm. What outside options might the Giants have if JPP can’t make it back for 2013?
Here are the top free agent DEs according to Nick Mensio of Rotoworld:
Kyle Vanden Bosch
In other words, get well soon, JPP!