The two month-long Jason Pierre-Paul fireworks fiasco has finally come to an end for the New York Giants.
On Monday, JPP made his highly anticipated return to New York, taking a physical and giving the Giants all the medical reports to team doctors.
He hasn’t yet signed his one year, 14.8 million dollar franchise-tag contact yet, but having JPP back gives the Giants some hope that he can make a contribution to the team this season.
Reports out of camp indicate that Pierre-Paul is 'feeling good', and he believes is ready to go for the 2015 season.
“We need a healthy Jason Pierre-Paul,” Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said about how much a full strength JPP means to the Big Blue defense. “He’s a guy that would add to our team provided he’s healthy and he can play at the level he’s played at.”
The fact of the matter is, the Giants defense needs JPP more than ever right now.
The Big Blue defense has been decimated by injuries all training camp long. They have seen two projected starters already go down with season ending injuries, and the status of middle linebacker Jon Beason and defensive end Robert Ayers Jr, is still unknown for the season opener against the arch rival Dallas Cowboys and for the 2015 season itself.
“He’ll have some time to spend to get ready,” Coughlin stated on JPP timeline before he gets on the field for the Giants this season. “I think he’ll come quickly through the football part of it. Of course, the other thing is he’s coming into a game plan situation, so it’s very specific. He has to learn specifically what his responsibilities are as we get into the regular season rather than the entire playbook.”
For all intensive purposes, the rift between JPP and the Giants ended on Monday when the star defensive end came back to New York.
The Giants can now focus on getting JPP up to speed with everything, so that when they feel he is healthy enough to get back on the field, he can help the Giants win some ball games this season.
A healthy JPP like coach Coughlin said, can really make an impact on the Giants defense. It will give them a playmaker on the defensive side of the ball, and help make their defense as a unit enormously better.
Things might have looked disastrous back in July for both parties, but things are looking up now for JPP and most importantly for the G-Men.