The Giants end their 2015-2016 campaign with a 35-30 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had a roller coaster season, sitting out the first eight games of the year due to an off the field fireworks mishap, and playing the remaining eight with a club on his right hand. JPP will be a free agent in the 2016 offseason, and there is no question that this year has hindered his market value.
In potentially his final game as a New York Giant, JPP failed to record a sack, leaving him with only one registered sack on the entire season. Pierre-Paul did however make his presence felt, deflecting two different Sam Bradford throws in Sunday’s game. One of his deflected balls popped five yards forward and was caught for interception by teammate Jonathan Casillas.
The former pro bowl defensive end did record six solo tackles on the afternoon, an admirable performance for a player who is primarily known as a pure pass rusher. However, JPP and the defense did give up a handful of monster plays as well as surrendering 28 points to their divisional rival.
With a mediocre performance against the Eagles, the recovering JPP ended the season with 20 tackles, one sack, four passes defended and two fumble recoveries. JPP saw a majority of double teams on most four man pass rushes in his last game of the season, but a vintage Pierre-Paul was still able to record sacks against fierce double teams.
There is no question that JPP’s play dipped after incurring the damaging hand injury; the USF alum has diminished versatility and can’t use his hands in the same physical manner as he once could. JPP also dropped a pair of interceptions during the season that he may have secured pre-club era.
Only time will tell whether the Giants feel confident enough to give the former pro bowler a long term deal. JPP will definitely have a few suitors in the offseason regardless of his hand injury, as he is still a quality starting defensive end that any franchise could benefit from.
Perhaps the Giants season would have been different with a fully healthy JPP from week 1. The defensive end has definitely learned a permanent lesson in off-the-field conduct and it will be interesting to see what uniform number 90 puts on at the start of training camp in 2016.