He’s been talked about a great deal over the last few days. Jason Pierre-Paul was franchised by the Giants and with the deadline to sign guys who have been franchised tagged, it’s looking like that isn’t going to happen now for the man referred to as “JPP”. He sustained a very serious hand injury in a fireworks accident on the Fourth of July. The injury was more serious than people expected it to be. He would end up having his right index finger amputated but he did vow to play in 2015 regardless of the injury.
At one time, I considered JPP to be a top five defensive linemen in the game. He can stunt on the defensive line, he’s quick and has the advantage against any offensive line defending him because for a guy his size, he’s a very speedy guy that can get to the quarterback with ease because he has such a great first step and he’s excellent at stopping the run. He was a very key piece for the Giants when they won their second Super Bowl over New England in 2012. A good pass rush will spark up your entire team and his presence had an immediate impact not just on the defense, but the whole team. I was predicting for him to have a bounce back season with Steve Spagnuolo returning as the Giants defensive coordinator because they can get back to what got them to the playoffs and that was a consistent pass rush up front.
I’ve had quite a few opinions about this. Point one is this injury could have been easily avoided. Point two is people can’t compare this to the infamous Ronnie Lott injury. Lott crushed his finger while making a tackle and would end up having the tip of his let pinky finger amputated. There is a huge difference between JPP and Ronnie Lott. With Lott, he had to cover a lot of ground, makes plays on the football and tackle people. JPP will have his work cut out for him especially playing a position where you have to push against offensive linemen who weigh 330-350 pounds. You have to be aware of what you’re doing especially when you are in talks contractually.