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Former New York Giants players are betting on JPP for the 2016 season. With all the offseason defensive upgrades, do you believe in JPP too?
Recently retired Giants defensive end Justin Tuck believes Jason Pierre Paul will return to the JPP of old this season. The two-time Super Bowl champion thinks Pierre-Paul’s mind is in the right place now. He’s moved past that horrible Fourth of July accident from last summer. Tuck said he sees a lot of maturity from Jason Pierre-Paul. He’s taking care of his 1 year-old son, Josiah, and JPP has a good, stable relationship with his fiancé Farraw Germain.
A photo posted by Jason Pierre-Paul (@iamjasonpierrepaul) on May 22, 2016 at 3:10pm PDT
Former Giants quarterback Phil Simms also believes JPP will bounce back in 2016. According to BleacherReport.com, Simms believes the Giants wouldn’t have signed Pierre-Paul for $10 million a year if he wasn’t capable of returning to his pro bowl form.
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I agree! I really think Jason Pierre-Paul will breakout this season, and he’ll be the key vocal leader for this defense once again. Pierre-Paul had surgery on his injured hand, which should allow him to play without wearing that club-like padding on his hand. This might allow him to grab and wrap-up tacklers more easily.
Pierre-Paul was given some much needed help with offseason free-agent additions. The former Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon and former Jets defensive tackle Damian Harrison will greatly boost the Giants defensive line. Jonathan Hankins, who’s returning from a peculiar injury, will also allow Pierre-Paul to rush the quarterback. According to NFL.com, the Giants only recorded 23 sacks last season, which was third-lowest in the NFL. This reloaded Giants defensive line should improve on those numbers.
Will Jason Pierre Paul ever be his former self? Could he ever play as well as he did during the 2011 Super Bowl run? I certainly believe so! I’ll predict him to record around 12-14 sacks in 2016. We shall see it all begin this fall. The season opener is on September 11th at Dallas!