New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese expects his starting defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who had back surgery this past June, to be ready to go for the team’s season opener against the Dallas Cowboys. “JP is on schedule, he’s looking good. He’s going to be out on the field running around a little bit more as we move along. We expect him to be ready for the Dallas game,” said Reese.
Maybe the general manager knows something Pierre-Paul doesn’t know?
Pierre-Paul said something opposite of what Reese said concerning his back and his return date. “At the end of the day, you know that the coaches, general manager and the head coach want you out there to help the team out. But it’s on me, like I said,” said Pierre-Paul. JPP probably knows better than Reese or the coaches—and the staff is probably eager to have him back because without him the Giants lack a dominant pass-rusher—and as of now, he’s not even sure when he’s going to come back. “I’m going to have to get a couple of practices in before, IF I decide to come back before the first game or whatever. I say this knowing I’m already going to be taking on two guys, a triple-team maybe, I’m not in a rush to hurry and come back to put myself in that position,” said the defensive end.
There aren’t any setbacks to his rehab and his lingering pain has subsided, but he wants to be at 100 percent before he gets back on the field, and it doesn’t sound like he’s ready, saying he’s only at 75 percent.
Yes, every game is important, and the Giants want all their best guys out on the field, but JPP is the best player on the Giants defense, and he’s only 24 years old. So why would he put his future in jeopardy just to rush back a few weeks earlier to be able to play in the first game of the season?
Why would the Giants want to rush JPP back and risk losing their best defensive player because he wasn’t ready?