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New York Giants’ Jerry Reese: If Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul Step up, We Have a Chance

August 16th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Can the New York Giants finally end their playoff drought with a bit of a re-emergence in 2014? General Manager Jerry Reese certainly thinks so, but he also admits it hinges on two very specific players: quarterback Eli Manning and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.

"There are two guys on our team that have to play really well and it’s Eli Manning and Jason Pierre-Paul," Reese told Sports Illustrated. "If those guys play well, I think we’ve got a chance to be really good."

Although it seems like Reese is stating the obvious, it is relatively uncharacteristic of him to speak so bluntly. It could indicate that he's beginning to run out of patience or perhaps he's just trying to motivate both Manning and JPP. After all, those two are the most important impact players on offense and defense respectively, and the Giants will only go as far as that duo takes them.

For Manning, he's coming off of a career-worst season in which he led the NFL with 27 interceptions, while JPP is coming off of two consecutive injury-riddled seasons. However, both are confident and healthy entering 2014, and each believe they're going to rebound.

Thus far in the preseason, JPP has certainly looked to be rounding into shape with each passing day. Manning, meanwhile, has been a bit harder to read given that he's learning an entirely new offense with an entirely rebuilt offensive line and all new running backs.

At the end of the day, Reese's comments will reign true. The 2014 New York Giants will only be as good as Manning and Pierre-Paul are.


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4 Responses to “New York Giants’ Jerry Reese: If Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul Step up, We Have a Chance”

  1.  skinnydoogan says:

    fanfor55years says:
    August 16, 2014 at 8:54 AM
    As to the split on Jernigan, I don’t think Reese has the clout to overrule Coughlin but the opposite is, I think, true. John Mara can’t deny Coughlin his roster choices and then fire him if they underperform again. And I think Mara is going to be willing to “retire” Tom if they miss the playoffs again. Reese could be on the line too, although I think his last two drafts should make him very secure. If he were available plenty if teams would come calling.

    skinnydoogan says:
    August 16, 2014 at 9:13 AM
    I am pretty sure they are both on the line FF, it is Mara’s team. I think he may have gotten a little complacent after the 2 Lomardy’s, last year woke him up and I believe the myth of the absolute power of both Coughlin and Reese is just that a myth. Pretty sure Mara will be involved in some of these decisions until this ship is righted. Both Reese and Coughlin are Uber stubborn in different ways, but I think we all see evidence this is changing.

  2.  Krow says:

    JPP and Eli … yep, Capt. Obvious strikes again.

  3.  GIANTT says:

    My two cents today – First , Ive been saying for weeks that the Giants are going to rely on a running game , so any preseason that’s shows a heavy dose of it is not hiding the offensive plays , its the way the game is going to be played . I think Hynoski and either Hillis or Conner will be on the team because , lets face it , if they can catch and run the ball better than the TEs on the roster then give one spot to them and keep two TEs and put that rookie on the practice squad . Besides , if it was a normal situation , then putting Hyno or Conner (whoever makes the team , Im assuming Hyno but stranger things have happened ) wont telegraph run if they come out and get some passes thrown to them on preseason
    and will definitely help the hurry up game if the Giants don’t have to make situational substitutions on most plays . It will also prevent the fefense from making substitutions against them which sounds like a big plus to me .
    Second , as far as Jernigan goes , keeping him or letting him go . We all have that fear in the back of our minds that if the Giants let a player go , how will we feel if that player becomes a star elsewhere ? I cant think of anyone the GiANTS have let go or not paid who has lived up to their potential . Even Manningham didn’t come anywhere near his play as a Giant when he went to SF . So , lets remember Sinorice Moss , and now Ramses Barden and I want to put Jernigan in that category of a perhaps serviceable 3rd or 4th wide receiver but the GiANTS have better options and lets give these rookies a chance

    •  Krow says:

      Bennett and Cofield come to mind. But to be honest, success is often situational. Good players can stink on the wrong team.

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