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New York Giants’ Jason Pierre-Paul Named to’s All-Under-25 Team

February 13th, 2013 at 10:35 AM
By Dan Benton

'Jason Pierre-Paul' photo (c) 2012, Mike Morbeck - license: On Tuesday, 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,"'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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18 Responses to “New York Giants’ Jason Pierre-Paul Named to’s All-Under-25 Team”

  1.  fanfor55years says:

    If I may be so bold, I think that from among David Wilson, Reuben Randle, Jayron Hosley, and Will Hill the Giants should have at least one more player on that team next season, quite possibly two.

    They’d better, or 2013 could be problematic.

  2.  GOAT56 says:


    I mentioned several weeks ago when we were just discussing cuts that part of the reason I would cut Bradshaw is it would send a message that almost anyone can be cut. That was even further enforced by cutting Canty and Boley. These cuts not only serve as financial relief but a kick in the pants to the vets that do remain that they better get their act together or they will be gone too. I think this combined with the 15-20 new faces we will see on roster will create a different feel on the team. Going into 2013 we are no longer even division champs. We will have real doubters and not have to look for disrespect. I’m going to guess that preseason if RG3 is recovering well we will be considered 2nd or 3rd place in this division. Rebuild is the word that others will use and this team will have to make it’s own repetition because going into 2013 their is nothing we do great compared to the rest of the NFL. Going into 2012 we had our passing game and pass rush but after now those areas need to be re-established as elite.

    I would like to see what guys like Tuck, Webster even Eli, Nicks and JPP respond to down seasons. The later 3 are assumed to rebound but 2011 was the best season for all of them and they need to prove that their 2011 levels can be repeated. Tuck and Webster have pride and are not old yet. They both should be able to rebound if their 2012 issues were more mental than physical.

    I do think with the likely make up of our 2013 I’m not worried about hunger and effort like I was in 2012. In 2013, we have concerns about actually being good enough to reach SB aspirations.

  3.  GOAT56 says:

    The more I look at it I don’t like our changes of keeping Bennett unless he really turns down probably 1 mil plus per season offer from a team like Tampa. Last year Jon Carlson signed a 5 year 25 mil deal after missing 2011 with injury. If I was Bennett’s agent that would be my starting point. Remember that two TEs Benentt looks to be comparable to in Marcedes Lewis and Zach Miller each signed 5 year, 35 mil contracts. After seeing Bennett up close last year it’s hard to think he’s not worth 5 mil plus per year based off of last year. I thought maybe we would extend our pockets farther than some thought into the 4 mil per year range. But given our salary cap situation and our prior history with TEs it’s hard to believe that we would step into the 5 mil range.

  4.  GOAT56 says:

    Ranking the 2013 Free Agents: Wide Receivers

    8. Domenik Hixon

    2012 Grade: +8.2
    2012 Snaps: 389

    Summary: With the Giants hit by injuries this season, Domenik Hixon found himself with an unexpected opportunity to get back into the lineup and contribute, and he again showed himself to be a capable receiver. He caught 67.2% of the passes thrown his way, topping 500 receiving yards and scoring a pair of touchdowns on his 39 receptions. Hixon is another player that won’t be confused for a stud any time soon, but could easily start for some teams and upgrade plenty of receiving groups. He has an unfortunate syndrome of refusing to run under deep passes, choosing almost every time to instead turn and catch the ball facing back to the quarterback.

  5.  Krow says:

    I know it’s a contrarian position, but I can’t see how all these free agents are going to sign lucrative deals. There’s only so much money available. They aren’t all going to find that pot of gold. Some will … but many won’t.

    Every team has hard decisions to make. No one is looking to throw cap money around. There’s going to be a lot of unfulfilled expectations … IMHO.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      I don’t disagree but in Bennett’s case, if Tampa Bay wants him they’re almost certainly going to get him unless the two brothers decide to take a lot less money so they can play together under the bright lights of Broadway.

      •  Krow says:

        And we’ll miss him. But yeah, I suspect you’re right. Truth is that any of our players could be had if a team is motivated to put large dollars on the table. But at some point the well has to run dry. Every free agent isn’t going to realize his dreams of riches. And every team isn’t going to sign average players to stupid contracts.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      You have a fair point but sometimes it’s hard to tell at what level of a position when the big deals stop. Last year Laurent Robinson signed a five-year, $32.5 mil deal while Manningham signed a two-year, $7.375 mil deal. To me these were similar players but at some point the money does stop.

      I think that means that it’s possible guys like Beatty and KP can be signed for less than expected because their positions are deep free agent wise and they could be victims of a Manningham like trickle down effect. But I don’t think that view helps us much with Bennett because there just aren’t many free agent TEs and Bennett appears to be the best TE on the market.

  6.  fanfor55years says:

    Pretty sure Reese drafted Robinson expecting him to start in his second year.

    First of all, he signed Bennett to a one-year deal and had to know that if he did well he would want more than Kevin Boss money and Reese wasn’t willing to pay Boss more than $3MM per annum. Second, he called him “the JPP of tight ends”. Strong praise. Third, the Giants are a very well-run organization that has to fully understand that with the new cap situation you absolutely must get production from your draftees early in their 4-5 year deals because thet’s the only way to keep pace in the NFL these days. The old “They need lots of seasoning” cannot apply any longer and the coaches need to get on the same wavelength as the draft room. Fourth, tight end is a position that doesn’t have as many route trees as do the outside receiver spots.

    Bennett’s gone unless he gives us a big discount. Robinson has probably been told he’d better come to camp ready to fight for a starting spot. And don’t be shocked if Beckum is back on a minimum contract just in case Robinson needs a month or two to take that job over.

    •  Krow says:

      Logical. I suspect you’re correct. And if that is Reese’s position then it makes total sense. Bennett will enjoy Tampa. He’ll get to play with his brother, and will not be troubled by endorsements or an annoying career after football.

      •  Eric S says:

        Look I get it, we all want to find reasons as to why guys should take less money to play for the Giants but can we please stop overstating the idea that somehow the only chance guys will have to make anything of their post football careers is by playing for the Giants? It’s absurd and grossly overstated on this site.

        After 6 years and a super bowl ring, special teams captain Chase Blackburn was cut. No teams came calling. With his career possibly over what wondrous opportunities came flooding his way? Substitute teacher…in Ohio. Not everybody is destined for a broadcast career (Manningham comes to mind) or has enough smarts and savvy to branch out into various business ventures (Manningham comes to mind). They have to cash in while they can.

        The NFL is a juggernaut. That’s why guys like Rodgers and Jennings and AP are doing national endorsements despite playing in markets like GB and Minny. Playing in Indy didn’t hurt Manning either. John Lynch and Warren Sapp both have broadcast careers despite playing in TB most of their careers.

        •  Krow says:

          We’re talking about Bennett here. The Black Unicorn. He’s a guy with definite media potential. That’s after one year in blue. He had none of this … zero … after 4 years in Dallas. He’s got the right personality for NYC. Just like he had the wrong one for the Cowboys.

          As for Tampa … is it more like NYC or Dallas?

          •  sonnymooks says:

            If you ask Warren Sapp, he’ll probably say NYC, lol.

            Its funny you mention Tampa, a couple of their guys have become media stars after their days were up (Dungy, Sapp, Gruden, Brooks, Lynch and Johnson).

            Lets call a spade a spade here, NY is better then TB, but there are quite a few guys in the media who could convince Bennet that he is better off in TB if he is concerned about his post playing days.

            FWIW, I’ve never understood how a team that honestly underachieved in its “glory years” gets treated like they were some kind of dynasty, with its players getting jobs in all sorts of media all over.

          •  Eric S says:

            While Bennett has a ton of media potential it wasn’t simply because he played one year in blue. The reasons he seemingly has more opportunities now than he did in Dallas are two-fold in my opinion. First, he didn’t produce in Dallas. His numbers for a 2nd rounder were of the bust variety. If he had put up #’s in Dallas with Witten the way Gronk/Hernandez do in NE he would be a media star in the NFL already. Couple that with the Dallas organizations demonization of the man’s character and it’s no wonder his Q rating wasn’t all that high. I’m not saying he’s not right for NYC, he is. But if he produces at a high level in the NFL, with his personality, it won’t matter where he plays, he’ll be able to parlay that into endorsements, reality shows, whatever.

            20 years ago this idea had merit but in the age of 24/7 sports coverage on tv, the internet and the explosion of social media, I just don’t think NYC holds quite the same edge in that regard. At least in terms of the NFL.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I agree with everything you said except I don’t think Beckum is the fail safe TE we would bring in if we don;t re-sign Bennett and Robinson is not ready. We would more likely turn to the Anthony Fasano type of vet pick up. Beckum just isn’t big enough or a good enough blocker to be a #1 TE in our system. Pasoce is more of a fail safe TE than Beckum. If Beckum if brought back it’s more to use as a weapon off of the #1 TE whoever wins the job/

      •  Krow says:

        Which we didn’t do for 4 years. So we have to figure Beckum is gone. He’s just not what they look for in a TE. Too bad, because I think he’d have done much better in a different situation.

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