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Giantsâ€?Jason Pierre-paul Trying To Regain Form After Surgery
Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul Trying To Regain Form After Surgery
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. When Pierre-Paul had disk surgery in June, the assumption was he would dominate games once again when he returned. When It didnt happen in the season opener against Dallas, many felt it was because he missed training camp. Heading into Week 5 against the Autographed Jason Pierre-Paul Youth Jersey Eagles (1-3) at MetLife Stadium, the Giants wait for JPP continues. He has 12 total tackles, one sack and hes been pushed around more than he has pushed. Pierre-Paul, who had 16 sacks in his second season, insists hes not wondering where the dominant JPP went. You could sit here and dwell on the past, said the 24-year-old who had a slight MLC injury last week.
Jason Pierre-Paul: Iâ€™m improving, but it isnâ€™t there yet
The Eagles will certainly give him chances. Michael Vick has been sacked 14 times this season and been hit a lot more than that. Im trying to get better every day, Pierre-Paul said. I wish I didnt have surgery, but I had to do it. Im getting better every day. Everybody says Im improving and that the thing.
Jason Pierre-Paul has surgery
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.
Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul still looking for old self after back surgery
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, left, works out during NFL football practice, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. The surgery was being performed by Dr. Robert Watkins. "The timing of his return to football will depend on his response to the rehabilitation program. We anticipate a full recovery," Watkins said in a statement. Pierre-Paul said in April that he was not out of shape last season when his production dipped from 16.5 sacks in 2011 to 6.5 sacks in 2012. The Pro Bowl pass-rusher was responding to comments made earlier in the offseason by coach Tom Coughlin. The coach said at the owners meeting in Arizona, "He didn't play as well as the year before.
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Get Adobe Flash player He has one sack in those games, which leads the Giants after two unimpressive efforts from their pass rush, but has otherwise looked like a depowered version of the player he was over the last couple of seasons. Pierre-Paul agreed with that assessment on Wednesday when he said he isnt all the way back to game speed after recovering from the surgery. Im fine, my back does not hurt at all, Pierre-Paul said, via Bill Pennington of the New York Times. Thats a good thing. But that doesnt mean everything is back from a football-playing standpoint. Im not playing like I used to, because my brain is thinking what to do, but my body isnt responding yet.Im getting healthier, and its getting better, but it isnt there yet. Pierre-Paul said he was terrible in the season opener and bumped himself up to average in the loss to the Broncos. For the Giants defense to be as potent as it needs to be this season, Pierre-Paul has to be much more than that. As the most talented player in the front seven, the Giants rely on Pierre-Paul to draw extra attention from blockers to free up teammates while also using his athletic ability to make plays in the face of that extra attention.
Right now, theres nothing to be said about whether I'm going to play come the opener. The Giants may need their most fearsome pass rusher more than ever right now, but he maintained on Monday that hes still taking things cautiously. He called his return from the PUP list a big step but added that theres no goal for his return to game action. He said he plans to practice this week, then come back next week and Ill practice and see how I feel. Im taking it day by day, he said. Im not trying to rush back. A back is a serious thing. Back surgery is a serious thing. You cant try to come back too early, or you can mess it up even more. And thats the last thing that JPP wants, after whats been a solid recovery thus far.
Pierre-Paul had just two tackles, and was held without a sack for the fifth game in a row. Pierre Paul has just 13 tackles and one sack in six games. Eight Giants players cleared to play Week 5 by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (10/6/13) Giants defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins (Achilles, knee), tackle David Diehl (thumb), linebacker Mark Herzlich (toe), defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (knee), defensive tackle Shaun Rogers (back), safety Cooper Taylor (shoulder), cornerback Terrell Thomas (knee) and linebacker Jacquian Williams (knee) were all cleared to play Week 5 vs. Philadelphia. Jenkins, who was listed as questionable, was the only player not probable. Jason Pierre-Paul deemed probable by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (10/4/13) Giants DL Jason Pierre-Paul is probable against the Eagles Week 5.