Pierre-Paul to Have Breakout Season?
ProFootballWeekly.com reports that New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul will have a breakout season this year. The report comes from an 8-part division analysis of all possible breakout stars from every team. The presumed breakout stars from the NFC East include Pierre-Paul, Eagles' defensive tackle Antonio Dixon, Redskins' offensive lineman Trent Willaims, and Cowboys' lineback Sean Lee.
The ProFootballWeekly staff states that Pierre-Paul is a "freakish athlete who is dripping with upside." Pierre-Paul who only played one full season of football before his rookie season with the Giants last year is known for his raw talent and athleticism.
At the 2009 iBowl, Pierre-Paul wowed scouts and fans by performing 14, yes 14, consecutive back-flips in a competition against then current USF teamate Kion Wilson. Pierre-Paul claimed however, that he could have done 23, "I can do 23 if I have to,'' Pierre-Paul said during a break between combine workouts. "I only did 14 that day because that's all I needed to do to beat (challenger and teammate) Kion Wilson. If Kion had somehow done 15, I would have done 23. I can do 23 no matter what - without stopping.''
Giants General Manager Jerry Reese, afte drafting Jason-Pierre Paul in the 16th pick in the first round last year said, "We think [Pierre-Paul] has the biggest upside of any player in the draft. We think the sky is the limit. With the speed that he has, the long arms that he has, the athletic ability that he has, those kinds of things come naturally ... raw, oozing with that kind of talent. The motor that he has, it is hard to find a package like that. He has some freakish athletic skills, which we are excited about trying to hone."
First dripping, now oozing, what is it with these adjectives? Anyway, although Pierre-Paul does have a lot of upside to him, there are some drawbacks when discussing this young raw player. He has only played football for three years, most of these guys in the NFL have played their whole lives. In their assessment of presumed breakout stars, ProFootballWeekly states that, "Pierre-Paul is just starting to scratch the surface and has much to learn."
His athletic ability and talents are not the only reasons why he has been a predicted breakout star. Other variables including the fate of fellow Giants defensive ends Osi Umenyiora and Mathias Kiwanuka were also brought into consideration. Both Umenyiora and Kiwanuka have a questionable future with the Giants in the near future.
Umenyiora has been frustrated for three years now with his contract situation and is believed to be fed up with the way Reese has handled it. Umenyiora in fact filed an affidavit stating that Reese did not make good on his promise to renegotiate Umenyiora's contract following the 2008 season.
Part of that affidavit reads, "After about an hour of discussing my current contract, as well as the contracts of other defensive ends currently playing in the National Football League, Mr. Reese told me that two years from the start of the 2008 league year, if I was currently playing at a high level, we'd either renegotiate my current contract so that it would be equal to that of the top five defensive ends playing or I would be traded to a team that would do that."
Kiwanuka's future with the Giants also remains blurry. The injury prone defender has a good relationship with the Giants organization but his declining production and health remains a concern. Kiwanuka had his season cut short again last year to a serious neck injury after losing his starting job to Umenyiora.
If either one does not remain a Giant, Pierre-Paul will see his snaps greatly increase from last season, and if neither are brought back, the Giants may have no choice but to thrust Pierre-Paul into a starting role along side of Justin Tuck
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