GM Reese: JPP on schedule for return

Posted Aug 6, 2013

GM Jerry Reese said he expects Jason Pierre-Paul to continue his progress and is hopefully he will be ready for the opener vs. Dallas

The Giants activated two players off the physically unable to perform list before Tuesday’s training camp practice, which leaves three still sidelined, including Jason Pierre-Paul.

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However, general manager Jerry Reese said today that he expects the Pro Bowl defensive end to return hopefully for the start of the regular season. Pierre-Paul underwent a procedure in early June to repair a herniated disc in his lower back.

“JPP’s on schedule,” Reese told “Boomer & Carton” on WFAN. “He’s looking good, he’s running around a little bit. He’s going to be out on the field a little more than usual as we move along. We expect him to hopefully be back, ready to go for the [Week 1] Dallas game.”

Reese was asked about Pierre-Paul’s current weight, which the team wants around 275 pounds.

“His weight is good,” Reese said. “His weight, to me, it should be around (2)72-75. I thought last year, he was a little heavy. He’s a big kid, he’s a young kid, so he’s just growing into his body. So we’ve got to watch his weight and make sure he’s down at the 275 range.”

Pierre-Paul played all 16 games last season, but after a breakout year in 2011’s Super Bowl run, his sack number more than halved in 2012. While opposing team’s built a playbook on the defensive end, Reese knew another reason was the injury, which he wasn’t sure when it happened.

“It’s hard to say,” Reese said. “With players these days, it’s hard to say because they always want to play. But he’s kind of got that sway in his back, so I’m not sure exactly when he got hurt. But obviously he wasn’t playing at full speed last year and we’re hoping to get him back at 100 percent.”