Two Giants veterans coming off injury-plagued seasons have been vocal about their respective comebacks in 2014.
Guard Chris Snee, now entering his 11th season, missed all but three games in 2013. Two bothersome hips, for which he has undergone a pair of surgeries since 2012, sent Snee to the sidelines and then injured reserve last season.
New York's offensive line crumbled from there.
At 32 years old, Snee wanted one more season with the Giants, the only team for whom he has suited up during his decade-long NFL career. It took a $6 million pay cut to make that happen.
Health, age and salary aside, Snee is just as confident as ever. Although he acknowledged that New York rebuilding its O-line with younger players is part of the business, Snee also claimed that the new guys are "not beating [him] out" if he is healthy, according to Newsday.
On the other side of the ball, fifth-year defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was hampered by the effects of an offseason back surgery, followed by a shoulder injury that eventually put him on injured reserve. The once dominant pass-rusher played in only 11 games in 2013, mustering just two sacks.
Pierre-Paul, 25, is a player New York needs 100 percent healthy and effective in 2014. When the Giants won the Super Bowl in 2011, they did so by riding a pass rush that featured one of the NFL's single most disruptive defensive forces in Pierre-Paul.
After a seriously down season, Pierre-Paul claims he will "shut people up" with his play this year (as reported by The Star-Ledger).
Yet, almost in the same breath, the former 2010 first-round pick admitted that he still feels "a little something" when it comes to his recovery from back surgery, which took place over a year ago.
Snee's not in ideal shape either, as the old guard's elbow, which underwent a surgical procedure in November, caused him to miss some practice this spring. On top of that, the Giants want Snee to add 10 pounds to his already 300-pound frame.