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JASON PIERRE-PAUL RANKED NO. 6 PLAYER IN NFC EAST
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is the third Giant, and first on the defensive side of the ball, to be ranked on ESPN NFC East blogger Dan Graziano’s list of the top 20 players in the division.
Pierre-Paul is the highest-ranked Giant to date at No. 6 , joining wide receivers Victor Cruz (9) and Hakeem Nicks (15).
“His sack total dropped from 16.5 in 2011 to 6.5 in 2012, but watching Pierre-Paul play last year didn’t reveal that significant a drop-off,” Graziano wrote. “He faced more double-teams and shouldered more responsibility due to the struggles of Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora on the other side of the line. And while he might not have been as proficient at bringing down quarterbacks as he was during his breakout sophomore season, Pierre-Paul remained a disruptive presence in the opponent’s backfield. He was credited with 43 quarterback hurries and was strong against the run as well.”
Pierre-Paul fell one spot from his No. 5 ranking in 2012.
Despite missing the entire preseason recovering from back surgery, the Giants are hopeful that he may be able to play in the team’s season opener on Sunday in Dallas.
“Just coming off back surgery period is a lot,” Pierre-Paul said. “It takes time. It’s something that you can’t rush into. And it’s for your health. Right now I’m doing the smart thing and just taking it day by day. So when I come back, I’ll be fully ready to play.”
Here’s what the list looks like so far:
6. Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, Giants
7. Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys
8. Alfred Morris, RB, Redskins
9. Victor Cruz, WR, Giants
10. Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys
11. Jason Peters, T, Eagles
12. Sean Lee, LB, Cowboys
13. Trent Williams, T, Redskins
14. Evan Mathis, G, Eagles
15. Hakeem Nicks, WR, Giants
16. DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles
17. Anthony Spencer, DE, Cowboys
18. London Fletcher, LB, Redskins
19. Brian Orakpo, LB, Redskins
20. Jason Hatcher, DL, Cowboys
“Sunday night, start the season vs. Dallas. You know, it’s hard not to be excited about it. Obviously they’re a very good team with a new defensive coordinator, new defensive scheme, but they still have a lot of good players so we have to go in there and play our best football and see what they’re going to do defensively. I’m sure they’re going to have a few wrinkles that they haven’t shown in preseason but we should be able to adapt to whatever they throw at us and be prepared and go out there and play well.” -QB Eli Manning
TWEET OF THE DAY
AROUND THE DIVISION
COWBOYS: A detailed look at the roster breakdown
EAGLES: Tuesday morning headlines
REDSKINS: RG3 will start Week 1
The Star-Ledger reports: Eli Manning prepares for new-look Dallas defense
ESPN NY reports: Prince Amukamara knows he will be counted on this season
The New York Post reports: Giants full of confidence going into Dallas
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