It wasn’t that long ago that New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was an uncertainty for Week 1.
Now he’s all but certain.
Pierre-Paul began running at near game speed last week, a significant improvement from just weeks ago when JPP was still struggling to recover from his offseason back surgery.
Per Ian Rapoport:
#Giants have taken pass-rusher Jason Pierre-Paul off the Physically Unable to Perform list. That makes him active, good news for the opener
With nearly two weeks until the Giants open their season, activating Pierre-Paul from the PUP list so early is a clear sign that he’s feeling relatively healthy and will undoubtedly be on the field come the Giants’ season opener against the much hated Dallas Cowboys, barring some oddity in his recovery.
It is possible the Giants will take a cautious approach with JPP and put him on a snap count, though, that seems unlikely, especially considering the somewhat unexpected early activation.
Up until ten days ago, JPP hadn’t even practiced so it’s quite a reversal from expectations.