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Michael Strahan Feels New York Giants’ Jason Pierre-Paul Could Be “One of the Best to Ever Play”

May 27th, 2013 at 7:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Just how good is New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul? Better yet, how good can the 24-year-old former first-round pick be? Despite a down season in which he recorded only 6.5 sacks (down from 16.5 in 2012), his NFL counterparts still named him one of the top 100 players in the league. But retired Giants defensive end and future Hall of Famer, Michael Strahan, sees even more in him than that and believes he could go down as one of the greatest players to ever grace an NFL field.

"He could be one of the best to ever play! Physical freak of nature," Strahan tweeted in response to a fan asking if JPP could be better than Osi Umenyiora.

If anyone has a proper pulse on JPP, it would certainly be Strahan. And while the two have not played together, Strahan himself is one of the greatest defensive ends to ever play the game and also spent quite a few years playing alongside the aforementioned Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck.

Despite JPP's athleticism, the youngster still has a long way to go before he realizes his full potential as a football player. Even now, after three years in the league, Pro Football Focus feels that although he's an elite edge defender, he still hasn't quite rounded into shape as a pure pass rusher.

So long as he doesn't spend his time tossing people into the cold tub, 2013-2014 could be the year JPP finally breaks through and changes the game a la Lawrence Taylor. And that should be a relatively terrifying for any and all potential opponents considering just how good he's been over his first three seasons.

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Tags: Football, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, Lawrence Taylor, Michael Strahan, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Osi Umenyiora

2 Responses to “Michael Strahan Feels New York Giants’ Jason Pierre-Paul Could Be “One of the Best to Ever Play””

  1.  kujo says:

    This statement came during a discussion about whether JPP could be better than Osi, particularly since he is so good against the run. Strahan then went on a screed, saying Osi could play the run and that we shouldn’t believe the stuff the team put out to “justify not paying him.”

  2.  buljos says:

    It will be exciting to see how well JPP plays this season with the team’s substantial investments in the front 7. I think Strahan could be right… we may look back on JPP’s career and conclude he was one of the best ever.

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