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Question of the Day
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Jason Pierre-Paul is no longer the freakish athlete with the big upside.
The second-year defensive end’s days of impressing his New York Giants teammates with his athleticism are over.
What stands out for the rest of the Giants these days more than his one-handed catches in practice while laterally jumping over rectangular foam obstacles is what Pierre-Paul, 23, is doing on the field.
Not only is he the best player on the Giants‘ defense, he is now among the best in the NFL.
Doubt it? How’s this for a list of honors: Pro Bowl. All-Pro. Two NFC defensive player of the week awards. Conference player of the month in December.
Not enough? How about his game-saving block of Dan Bailey’s 47-yard field goal attempt in the most important game of the season at Dallas in early December when the postseason was on the line? Then there’s his 16 1/2 sacks the fourth-highest total in Giants history - to go with 23 tackles for losses and 29 quarterback hits.
So if you are wondering who will make a game-changing play in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots, find No. 90 in the white uniform next weekend in Indianapolis because chances are he’ll be the one making the play.
“He’s a thoroughbred,” said two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who lost his starting job to Pierre-Paul through a combination of injuries and just better play. “His motor, man, just never stops.”
Besides his field goal block against the Cowboys, people tend to forget that Pierre-Paul also had eight tackles and two sacks, including one for a safety, in the game that allowed New York to end a four-game losing streak and get back in the playoff hunt.
The other play his coaches rave about came in a 49-24 loss to the New Orleans Saints. It turned out to be inconseqential, but it was such a good play. The Saints faked a field goal attempt on the opening drive, and Pierre-Paul came from one side of the field to the other to stop Jimmy Graham a yard shy of a first down.
His coaches insist no other linemen in the league could have made the play.
“I’m still learning,” said Pierre-Paul. “I’m taking steps. I have a ways to go.”
That’s scary because Pierre-Paul dominated this season, particularly early on when the opposition had yet to realize his impact and send double-teams his way.
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