This week’s spring workouts have three major storylines to keep an eye out for with Jason Pierre-Paul, Victor Cruz, and new free agent Olivier Vernon working out with the team. The New York Giants should have a lot of optimism as Jason Pierre-Paul and Victor Cruz both are claiming to be healthy after their major season ending injuries, and with Olivier Vernon joining the team.
Pierre-Paul the star defensive end for the Giants is returning to the 2016 season after his second surgery on his right hand to improve his grip, and eliminate the need to wear the cast like wrapping that limited him from sacking QBs during the end of the 2015 season. It will be key to see how he performs during this weeks spring workouts, and how game ready he is even before training camp starts.
Cruz will be returning from injuries that kept him out of play during the 2015 season. He seems to be healthy via his Instagram post of him running, jumping, and squatting on his injured knee, and calf. It is extremely important that Cruz has a positive week of spring work outs since he has not played in a game for 18 months.
Lastly, seeing how Vernon performs and fits in with the team is cause for great excitement for the Giants. Vernon was signed as a free agent to a five-year contract worth supposedly $85 million with $52.5 million guaranteed. He just finished a great season with the Miami Dolphins leading the team in tackles (61), and sacks (7.5).
Vernon said he had previous discussions with Pierre-Paul about what it is like to be a Giant when he spoke to Rick Laughland of The Giants Beat, and it was all good news Vernon reported. This can hopefully mean good relations between the two high-caliber defensive ends, and along with the rest of the team as Oliver Vernon settles into his new home.
The Giants can only be optimistic about all the off season buzz going on right now, and hope that these players show up to this weeks spring work outs ready to get to work.