Jason Pierre-Paul | New York Giants | Defensive End
Height: 6’5″ | Weight: 278
Date of Birth: 1/1/1989 (28)
Hometown: Deerfield Beach, Florida
College: South Florida
Draft: 2010, Round 1, Pick 15
Contract: 4 years, $62 million, through 2020
Jason Pierre-Paul is one of the many great defensive ends the Giants have fielded in the 2000s. Drafted in 2010, Pierre-Paul was a backup to all-pro ends Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck, but still played in 16 games, totaling 4.5 sacks as a rookie. In 2011, injuries to the two veterans elevated JPP to a starting role, and he fully took advantage of the opportunity. That year he led the Giants with 16.5 sacks, 86 combined tackles, and 2 forced fumbles, and was a dominant player for Big Blue as they made an unlikely Super Bowl run, the franchise’s fourth. Despite only starting 69 games in seven seasons, Pierre-Paul hit 50 sacks before his 28th birthday. He has 365 career tackles, 42 pass deflections, and 11 forced fumbles, in his impressive tenure with the Giants.
Oft plagued by injuries, Pierre-Paul was still one of the most effective in his position last season, getting to the quarterback 7 times and recording 53 tackles in 12 games. JPP had four surgeries this offseason, but was signed to a large contract in March, locking him down in New York through 2020. Look for him and fellow edge rusher Olivier Vernon to make the Giants defense very strong again in 2017.
Awards and Accolades:
2x Pro Bowl (2011, 2012)
1x First-team All-Pro (2011)
1x Super Bowl champion (XLVI)
Honorable Mentions: Jadeveon Clowney, Emmanuel Ogbah