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Jason Pierre-Paul’s supremely athletic, instinctual play — while out on the field with an injured shoulder no less — continues to garner hefty praise from the Giants locker room. And if the physical element wasn’t substantial enough, it turns out JPP “called his shot”. The words of fellow lineman Justin Tuck:
"“I’ve never seen anything like that before in my life. We were in a TV timeout and he said, ‘Tuck, I’m going to pick this.’ I said, ‘Okay.’ They hadn’t even come out of their huddle, no formation, nothing. We didn’t even have a play called yet. He said, ‘I’m going to pick this.’ I was in awe. I don’t know if it was voodoo.”"
"“He’s a special guy. An unbelievable athlete. A guy just doing his job and making a play. That’s a hard catch, but I heard that’s the second one he’s done. I’ve never seen anyone do that except for Julius Peppers.”"
"“That’s one of the best plays I’ve ever seen. The guy is freakish.”"
"“You have to be able to catch a ball coming at you. I don’t know how fast, but coming very fast at you. And you need to be in the right spot. He got both hands up with a shoulder injury and he caught it. He had kind of got himself in rhythm because they had been throwing a lot of three-step stuff and he saw his opportunity and took full advantage of it.”"
"“He made a nice play, but it’s on me. I gave him a freebie there, really. It was a huge momentum swing. We had a chance at that point and that kills you. You learn from it but I take full ownership of it.”"