After two straight years struggling with injuries and generally poor play, former All-Pro DE Jason Pierre-Paul feels he is ready for a resurgence with the New York Giants.
Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul showed no signs of diminished ability during the Giants’ weekend preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, recording four tackles, a rushed throw and a big hit on Steelers backup QB Bruce Gradkowski. If the former All-Pro is feeling any residual pain, he is doing a great job of hiding it.
”I’m back now, so the only thing that can stop me from being me is me from being a better player,” Pierre-Paul told the Associated Press. ”I went out there with my teammates, running. I’m happy so I’m good.”
Pierre-Paul led the Giants with 16.5 sacks in 2011 en route to the team’s first division title since 2008 and their eventual win over the Patriots in Superbowl XLVI. But the two following years, Pierre-Paul regressed, recording just 6.5 sacks in 2012 and dropping to only 2.0 sacks in 2013 – due in large part to back and shoulder injuries that limited him to just 11 games played.