EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The Giants will have a full complement of players when they open training camp tomorrow.
At 8:30 this evening, the team announced that first-round draft choice Jason Pierre-Paul signed his contract. A little more than three hours earlier, second-round selection Linval Joseph signed his deal. They were the last two unsigned Giants players, meaning everyone should be in camp when Coach Tom Coughlin holds his first meeting and a conditioning drill tomorrow morning.
Pierre-Paul, a 6-5, 270-pound defensive end from South Florida, was the 15th player taken in this year's NFL Draft. In his only season with the Bulls, Pierre-Paul recorded 45 tackles (27 solo) with 6.5 sacks for minus 29 yards, 16.5 stops for losses totaling 53 yards and a team-high 7 quarterback pressures. He also forced two fumbles, deflected three passes and intercepted another that he returned 18 yards for a touchdown vs. Syracuse. Pierre-Paul also blocked a kick vs. Connecticut.
He will compete with Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka, Osi Umenyiora and Dave Tollefson for playing time at defensive end.
Joseph is a 6-4, 318-pound defensive tackle from East Carolina. He was the 46th overall selection in the draft. A first-team All-Conference USA choice last year, Joseph played in 41 games with 27 starts – 18 at right defensive tackle and 9 at nose guard. He registered 143 tackles (57 solo) with 6.5 sacks for minus 47 yards, 29.5 stops for losses totaling 96 yards and 20 quarterback pressures. Joseph recovered and forced 3 fumbles, deflected two passes and blocked three kicks.
The Giants' first practice is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon at 3:15.
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