On Tuesday, NFL.com released their annual All-Under-25 Team, which was headlined by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt. But also listed amongst the league's young elite was New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.
"Yes, he had a dip in production in 2012, but that's because teams simply would not let him match 2011. Pierre-Paul still had 6.5 sacks and 21.5 knockdowns/hurries, and even had a pick-six," NFL.com's Elliot Harrison wrote.
JPP was the only under-25 member of the Giants listed on the team, but rightfully deserved a spot. And perhaps more surprising than this honor, is the fact that JPP is only 24-years-old and hasn't even begun to scratch the surface of his full potential.
Although JPP did suffer a considerable drop-off in statistical production in 2012, a large part of that can be attributed to a futile defense and constant double and triple teams. Still, he graded out as one of the NFL's best defensive lineman by Pro Football Focus and was named to his second consecutive Pro Bowl.
In 16 games last season, JPP collected 66 tackles, 6.5 sacks, forced one fumble, recovered one fumble and took an interception to the house.
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