With just 10 sacks as a team for the season, it’s surely a good thing Dave Gettleman traded Jason Pierre Paul last March.
His 8.5 sacks surely wouldn’t be needed.
“Numbers speak for themselves,” JPP said today on a conference call. “I can’t really say much, but I’m not even worried about the sacks and how much the Giants have on their team. Like I said, I’m just playing some great football and I’m just blessed to be getting the opportunity to keep on playing this game that I love. I’m going to walk away from it when I walk away from it, but until then, I’m just going to keep on being a great player that I am and obviously come Sunday, I’m going to go out there and do what I normally do, go one hundred and ten percent and just fly to the ball.”
At least they would have covered a spread or two.
Well JPP will get his chance this week when the Giants play the Bucs at Met Life Stadium. Pierre-Paul would surely like to get his chance at Eli Manning.
“I wouldn’t say licking my chops, but I know it’s a problem,” he said. “But like I said, that’s not my problem. I’m on the Bucs and I’m doing a great job here and I’m loving it.”
Pierre-Paul said he wasn’t bitter, but he didn’t like the way the Giants handled his trade. He was informed by Gettleman via a phone call and expected something more.
So now he gets his chance to prove the Giants wrong.
“Obviously I gave a hard eight years at the New York Giants and won a Super Bowl there, and the only thing I got was a phone call?” he said. “I won’t say I was hurt, but it was just shocking. But at the end of the day, like I said, this is a business league and at the end of the day, we have to do our jobs no matter what team we play for. You’re a football player, you’re a pro, so you’ve got to do your job to the best of your ability. That’s what I’ve been doing.”
Unfortunately, his target will be Manning, who was the only player to call him after he was traded. Pierre-Paul had nothing but nice things to say about his former quarterback, but that won’t matter on Sunday.
“Eli called me and also Zak DeOssie had texted me,” he said. “Landon Collins wrote me, a couple guys I was very close to, but with Eli, it’s different because I’ve been there and knowing what he has done, I had the opportunity to actually win a Super Bowl with him and that’s awesome to say that you did that. It meant a lot to me, because Eli is a stand-up, world class guy and no matter what, he’s all about football and he always wants to win. Eli is Eli.”
And does he want that sack?
“If I sack him, I sack him. I’m just trying to get a W, a win this week, that’s most important,” Pierre Paul said. “Any way we can get the win, that would be perfect. Obviously you guys know that.”
The Giants surely do.