Last December, Jason Pierre-Paul had season-ending core surgery. With minicamp a little over a month away, questions surrounding Pierre-Paul’s recovery and return are coming in hot.
On July 4, 2015, Pierre-Paul sustained a serious hand injury in a fireworks accident which led to the amputation of his right index finger. He missed the first half of the 2016 season and finished the year with six pass deflections and 26 tackles. He returned to full strength last season and totaled seven sacks and a fumble returned for a touchdown. The Giants gave Pierre-Paul a brand new, four-year, $62 million contract.
So far this offseason, Pierre-Paul has participated in all of the Giants’ offseason workouts. Pierre-Paul even lost weight, reportedly being down almost 15 pounds since last season in an effort to improve his speed off the snap. Giants fans will be keeping an eye on Pierre-Paul and how he returns to the team post-injury.
2. Paul Perkins
Earlier this week, Ben McAdoo announced that Paul Perkins will be the starting running back for the 2017 season.
The Giants selected Perkins in the fifth round of last years’ draft. Perkins didn’t start until Week 17; however, he had a breakout game, running 102 yards on 21 attempts helping the Giants beat the Washington Redskins and advance to the postseason.
With Rashad Jennings becoming a free agent this offseason, Perkins is the best option for the Giants for the number one spot. Will Paul Perkins help New York’s rushing game, which was ranked 29th in total rushing yards in 2016?
3. Evan Engram
The Giants used their first round draft pick this year on tight end Evan Engram out of Ole Miss.
At 6’3 and 234 pounds, Engram was one of the highest ranked tight ends in 2016. In only 11 games at Ole Miss, Engram caught 65 passes for 926 yards and eight touchdowns. At the combine, Engram ran a swift 4.42 second, 40-yard dash.
Engram is certainly going to be yet another receiving asset for Eli Manning and McAdoo; however, will his blocking skills improve? The Giants can’t produce a star offense if Manning doesn’t have time to throw the ball.