26-Year-Old Defensive End – New York Giants
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
Consistency has been Pierre-Paul's biggest problem the last four years as he had two excellent IDP seasons and two busts. His down years in 2012 and 2013 were related to a back injury, however, and Pi...
Jason Pierre-Paul Contract Information:
Received the franchise tag from the Giants in March 2015. Will be tendered a one-year, $14.8 million contract.
Pierre-Paul (hand) plans to return to Giants next week, ESPN's Dan Graziano reports.
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Jason Pierre-Paul: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)At this point, his status is unclear. He was placed on the reserve list for now and doesn't count as a member of the roster, but that will change if and when he signs his franchise tender. It would surprise us if he were ready for Week 1, but the range of outcomes seems pretty wide, i.e., he could have a roughly normal season or never really make it back. Either seems plausible to us, and the Giants either don't have or aren't offering much in the way of concrete information.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Pierre-Paul touched base with Coughlin recently to relay the news, but any timeline for his return remains up in the air. As a result, Pierre-Paul's recovery effort delays inking a contract with the Giants and leaves the organization without its premier pass-rushing threat.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Pierre-Paul, who was recently released from the hospital after having a finger amputated, made contact with members of the Giants' front office over the weekend. Despite finally touching base with the team, his situation remains unclear, since he's still without a contract for this season. Additionally, Pierre-Paul's physical condition remains in question, thus complicating matters. So while no immediate change in his status for the upcoming season surfaced over the weekend, it's at least encouraging that he and the Giants' organization have recently engaged each other to discuss his future with the team.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Pierre-Paul spent more than a week in the hospital, ultimately having his right index finger amputated in addition to undergoing surgery to stabilize fractures in his thumb. He isn't expected to sign his $14.81 million franchise tag until he can pass a physical, which probably won't happen anytime soon. His status for Week 1 remains in question, and it's also unclear how he'll adjust to playing without one of his fingers.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Meanwhile, the star defensive end is unlikely to sign his $14.81 million franchise tender with the Giants until he's confident that he can pass a team physical. While a precise timetable for Pierre-Paul's potential return to action has not yet been outlined, the report does suggest that his fractures will require about six weeks of healing.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There is no greater enigma among IDPs than Pierre-Paul, and it's probably not close. It appeared in 2011 as if he would establish himself as one of the league's best players at any position. Some observers may have even had the Hall of Fame in mind after the 22 year old Pierre-Paul had 86 tackles and 16.5 sacks during the 2011 season. In the two seasons since then, Pierre-Paul has been one of the league's biggest disappointments. He has just 93 tackles and 8.5 sacks in 27 games, including just 27 tackles and two sacks last year. There are a couple reasons to expect a bounce back in 2014, however. The first is that he's in a contract year, and if motivation was a problem the last two years, the prospect of a big pay day should get his attention. Second, injuries may have had a lot to do with JPP's struggles the last two years. An offseason back surgery may have hurt his effectiveness last year, and he played through a back issue for part of 2012. He's supposed to have a clean bill of health now, and he has no excuse for another failed season.
Pierre-Paul was a colossal disappointment in 2012 after his remarkable 2011 set the expectations sky high, but it would be wise to expect a bounce-back season in 2013 for two reasons: (1) Pierre-Paul played through a back issue all December, which could partially explain why he didn't have a sack in that month; and (2) With Osi Umenyiora gone in free agency, Pierre-Paul should see his snap count approach 950 after playing 879 last year. Even if Pierre-Paul doesn't repeat the 16.5 sacks he had in 2011, he's always an excellent source of tackles for a defensive lineman. Pierre-Paul, however, underwent surgery in June to address the lingering back problem (a herniated disk), and his Week 1 status is uncertain.
The Giants insist that Pierre-Paul still has a lot of room to grow as a player. Given how freakishly dominant he was in 2011, thatís setting the bar high, to say the least. Pierre-Paul could probably regress slightly and still be the best defensive lineman IDP. In fact, he is arguably the top IDP at any position after finishing his sophomore season with an unreal total of 86 tackles (65 solo), including 16.5 sacks and one safety, as well as seven passes defended and two forced fumbles. There might be some concern Pierre-Paulís numbers drop as a result of offensive lines devoting more blocking resources toward him, but itís difficult to see how that would be likely. Osi Umenyiora didnít play the first three weeks, and Justin Tuck missed one of those games while playing injured in the other two with a neck injury. Pierre-Paul would have, therefore, been the top concern of offensive coordinators in those three weeks. Despite that, Pierre-Paul produced 17 tackles (13 solo), 4.5 sacks, two passes defended and one forced fumble over that span. It doesnít look like he can be stopped.
Last year's explosive first-round draft pick, Pierre-Paul will be in the defensive line rotation and could see extra action if Osi Umenyiora signs elsewhere.
Rookie pass-rusher is raw, but has a ton of ability and upside. Will be worked into the team's deep defensive line rotation slowly unless he blows the coaches away.