After being out with a 4th of July fireworks related injury and a myriad of miscommunications from then until now, Jason Pierre-Paul is finally able to rejoin his team after signing an extension today.
It has been well documented the incident that resulted in JPP having his right index finger amputated. Equally well known are the following actions taken by JPP and by the Giants. Jason Pierre-Paul was franchise tagged going into this season and would have been well on the way to signing a new contract before the incident. After losing his fingers JPP stayed away from media and Giants medical staff, mainly refusing anyone to see the extent of the damage. The main contract concern was the fact that the franchise tag offer was never signed on Jason Pierre-Paul’s part. Now all of that is in the past and the Giants can look forward to having their Pro Bowl defensive end back on the field sooner than later.
Currently sitting on top of the NFC East, the New York Giants haven’t had the defensive front that their fans are accustomed to seeing. Through the season they’ve only managed to amass nine sacks (second fewest in the league) and haven’t been able to create the type of pressure a Steve Spagnolo run defense is known for. Jason Pierre-Paul instantly adds to the defensive line’s effectiveness, currently sitting at number eight on the Giants all time sack list.
JPP should start working with Giants medical staff this week.