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Pierre-Paul Comments on Recovery
Tuesday, March 15
"I'm capable of closing and gripping," Pierre-Paul said of his hand after surgery, via the Record's Art Stapleton. "It turned out really well."
Pierre-Paul also said his hand will be "perfectly fine," via Newsday's Tom Rock, adding that he will participate in OTAs and training camp and noting that he has "unfinished business," according to NJ Advance Media's James Kratch. Despite the improvement in his hand, Pierre-Paul did concede that he will be undergoing rehab for the rest of his life, according to NJ Advance Media's Jordan Raanan.
As for when he steps back on the field, Pierre-Paul said he won't use a club next year to protect the hand, via the New York Post's Paul Schwartz.
Pierre-Paul Posts Bench-Press Video
Sunday, March 13
Pierre-Paul Looking to Rebound From Turbulent 2015 Season
After missing the first eight games of the season due to the Fourth of July incident, Pierre-Paul recorded just one sack and 26 total tackles.
It was remarkable he was able to do that after images surfaced of his mangled hand, per KNBR's Kevin Jones:
Omg JPP pic.twitter.com/fVbVvDJ7vL— Kevin Jones (@Mr_KevinJones) December 20, 2015
While he managed to provide pressure off the edge, having a right hand that was rendered useless because of that club hindered his ability to grab and wrap up ball-carriers.
WCNC's Chris Clark showed how much that hand affected Pierre-Paul:
Pierre-Paul will have to prove that he can revert back to his old level of play after he signed a one-year deal with the team on March 9. Because of the injury, Pierre-Paul missed out on some big-time money after the Giants withdrew a long-term, $60 million deal just two days after his accident.
The defensive end spoke with Giants.com's Michael Eisen after signing his new deal Wednesday: “I have one year to prove myself, but all I need is one. I appreciate the Giants allowing me to come back and play here. But it was my decision.”
He'll be back on a defensive line that will now feature new signing Olivier Vernon, who penned a five-year, $85 million deal on Wednesday. The former Miami Dolphin will line up opposite of Pierre-Paul as New York's other defensive end.
Pierre-Paul was coming off of a 12.5-sack 2014 season before the accident as he developed into one of the most feared pass-rushers in the league. If he's able to show that the hand isn't an issue and that he can produce, then the Giants will make sure that he won't go anywhere after the 2016 season.
Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.