“I feel great,” Pierre-Paul said following an organized team activity – a fancy term for spring practice – this week. “I’ve been running. I feel good. Nothing’s been bothering me, so that’s a good thing.
“I’m definitely at full-go. I’m out there practicing with the team and nothing’s affecting me, so I’m good.”
Pierre-Paul has all but deleted the 2013 season from his memory bank.
“It’s behind me,” he said. “It’s a whole new year. I barely played last year. I wasn’t at 100 percent. It is what it is. That was last year. This is a new season, new faces. I’m ready to get out there and show everybody.”
The Giants believe Pierre-Paul can again be one of the NFL’s very best defensive ends in 2014. With Justin Tuck having taken his talents to Oakland as a free agent, JPP and nine-year veteran Mathias Kiwanuka are expected to start. Offseason acquisition Robert Ayers and second-year pro Damontre Moore should be part of the rotation.
But it’s Pierre-Paul who can make the biggest impact, not only with consistent harassment of opposing quarterbacks but also by helping to fill the leadership void created by Tuck’s departure.
“I’m already a leader,” Pierre-Paul said. “I’ve been that since my second year. That’s basically it. People look up to me on this team and I’ve just got to show them what I can do and they all follow in my footsteps.”
JPP said his weight is down to 275 pounds.
“My weight’s good,” Pierre-Paul said. “I’m out there running and nothing’s bothering me, so I’m in pretty good shape.”
Then the Giants’ defensive end situation should be as well.