3 takeaways from Giants Media Hour

Posted Aug 11, 2014 highlights three things we learned during Monday's Media Hour

1. JPP isn’t trying to return to his 2011 form; he’s aiming to be better than that.
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After being a key piece of the Giants’ 2011 Super Bowl run with 16.5 sacks, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has just 8.5 quarterback takedowns since then as he’s dealt with injuries. Now that he’s healthy, Pierre-Paul has been upbeat and confident this summer about returning to his old form. But is that the bar he sets for himself? “I’m trying to be better than that 2011-2012 year,” Pierre-Paul said. “Each year is a year for you to get better, so that’s what I’m trying to do.”

Asked a follow-up question about how much better, Pierre-Paul responded, “A lot. Every day is a learning process, still learning the game even more and more. You never can stop learning.”


2. We’ve seen very little of the offense so far.
When Eli Manning attempts just two passes in four drives on Saturday and Victor Cruz has yet to have a ball thrown his way this preseason, questions arise about the new system under offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo. But the team hasn’t shown its hand yet. That’s still to come. “You’re seeing very little of it right now,” Cruz said. “The full gameplan isn’t in. We’re not throwing everything out there right now.”

Individually, Cruz isn’t concerned, either. “Just taking it day-by-day, week-by-week, seeing how things unfold,” he added. “It’s still early to be talking about passes and looks and things like that.”
3. It will be strange to see Hakeem Nicks in a Colts uniform.
The Giants travel this weekend to Indianapolis for their third preseason game and will face former Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks and his new Colts team. Nicks was targeted twice in the Colts’ first preseason game against the New York Jets and had one catch for 15 yards. “It’s going to be weird,” said Cruz, who keeps in touch with his former teammate. “I was watching him this past week in that good ole Colts jersey. It’s not the same, but he’s healthy from what I hear. He’s in the best shape in his life from what I hear and see. I’m going to shoot him a text to talk junk to him, too, while I’m at it.”

Meanwhile, it will be the Giants’ first trip back to Lucas Oil Stadium, where they claimed their fourth Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl XLVI. “It’s going to be a little reminiscent to go back there where we won our last Super Bowl,” Cruz added. “We’re excited to go back there and, obviously, to see Hakeem and to be in that locker room where we were. We’re excited for that opportunity and to see Hakeem again is always an added bonus.”