Jason Pierre-Paul is listed as questionable for the Giants game Sunday at Cleveland, but there’s no question JPP will play, at least according to the defensive end himself.
“I’ll be out there on Sunday,” Pierre-Paul said Friday. Will his knee, dinged in last week’s win over the Bears, have any impact? “Maybe just a little bit,” JPP admitted. “But I’m fine. I’ll be fine…It is just an injury.”
Pierre-Paul has not practiced all week. Had the Giants practiced Friday, Pierre-Paul would have been limited, head coach Ben McAdoo said. McAdoo said he’d know more about JPP Saturday, but Pierre-Paul believes he’s got the answer already and he intends to help the Giants try to extend their five-game winning streak.
Pierre-Paul pledged earlier this month that while injuries might affect his practice time, they will not keep him out of games. That’s why when reporters first approached him Friday, he said, grinning, “You’ve already got the answer. There you go.”
Pierre-Paul was in a playful mood. Maybe it’s that he’s coming off a monster game against Chicago in which he wreaked havoc, notching 2.5 sacks. Maybe he just digs Thanksgiving leftovers.
He seemed to enjoy his holiday, though it was hard to buy what he was saying about Thursday’s Turkey Day football games — he claimed not to have watched. Nor did he know who played, not even that Dallas beat Washington in a matchup of two of the Giants’ NFC East rivals.
Told the Cowboys beat Washington, Pierre-Paul said, “They did. They’re 10-1 now? Oh, OK. 10-1.”
When someone noted that the Cowboys have set a franchise-record with a 10-game winning streak, Pierre-Paul said, laughing, “I’m happy for them, man. I’m happy for them.”
Would he have preferred to see Washington win, considering the Giants are chasing the first-place Cowboys?
“We don’t care,” JPP said. “We’re going to take care of what we’ve got to take care of. I’m not too much worried about another team.”
Nor, he says, is he concerned that his team will overlook the awful Browns. Cleveland is 0-11 and has allowed 29.5 points per game while scoring only 16.7.
“Nope, because we’re going to go out and play our ball, no matter what their record is,” Pierre-Paul said. “It could be the other way around. It’s a game called football.
“You never know.”
Pierre-Paul is convinced the Browns will be a challenge Sunday, or at least he was paying lip service to that notion, stressing that there was no extra excitement to going against Cleveland’s offensive line.
“No, this is the NFL, man,” Pierre-Paul said. “You have to be a pro no matter how bad your record is. Those guys are pros out there. We have been in the same boat. You still have to come to work and do your job, be the best at your job. This is a business, so I am pretty sure that they are going to give us their best shot, which I hope. After that, just get after the quarterback.”
The Giants have been better at that lately. They were criticized earlier this season for not racking up big sack totals, but the numbers have improved recently — seven of their 18 sacks this season have come in the last two weeks.
“I just think we are playing great ball, man,” JPP said. “Everybody is playing together. Everyone is coming together and playing great ball. That is really it.”
Asked if he’s personally in a rhythm, Pierre-Paul replied: “I am not in a rhythm. I am just playing ball. I will be, soon.”
Could start this Sunday. Doesn’t sound like JPP is going to let his knee stop him from at least trying.
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News