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Jason Pierre-Paul is just getting started
Posted Feb 27, 2012 by Ira Kaufman
Updated Feb 27, 2012 at 04:17 PM
By IRA KAUFMAN
TAMPA—The New York Giants have a chilling message for future opponents who will be dealing with Jason Pierre-Paul.
You ain’t seen nothing yet.
The former University of South Florida standout earned Pro Bowl honors as a second-year defensive end in 2011, capping a stellar season by knocking down a pair of Tom Brady passes in New York’s 21-17 Super Bowl victory against New England.
“The sky’s the limit,’’ Giants GM Jerry Reese said about Pierre-Paul’s potential during a news conference at the scouting combine. “We think he can be a terrific player for a long time for us. He’s a terrific kid and he really wants to learn.’‘
Reese selected Pierre-Paul midway through the first round of the 2010 draft and he emerged as an All-Pro performer last season, leading all NFL defensive linemen with 86 tackles while posting 16.5 sacks.
A new coaching staff will have to decide how much help to give left tackle Donald Penn against Pierre-Paul this fall, when Tampa Bay ventures to the Meadowlands for the first time since 2006.
When Giants coach Tom Coughlin took to the podium at Indianapolis last week, the last question of the interview session concerned the height of Pierre-Paul’s ceiling.
Coughlin pointed to the heavens.
“How was that?’’ he said.