Jason Pierre-Paul: The Most Underrated Superstar


Jason Pierre-Paul quietly had an amazing 12.5 sack season in 2014. Pierre Paul was expected to be an all time great when he had 16.5 sacks in 2011. In just his second season in the NFL, Pierre-Paul was an unstoppable force. Pierre-Paul was a big part of the Super Bowl win that season, as the Patriots struggled mightily to block him. Pierre-Paul hasn’t quite lived up to the incredibly high expectations that come with such a dominant season and he has now become the forgotten superstar.

Pierre-Paul’s numbers dipped drastically from 2012-2013. In 2012 he only recorded 6.5 sacks. In 2013 he only was able to play in 11 games due to injury and had two sacks to his name. 2014 was a contract year for Pierre-Paul, and we knew he would have plenty of motivation.

2014 was very much a comeback season for Pierre-Paul. He had 12.5 sacks and seemed to find his stride in the second half of the season. He had four games with two or more sacks. It seemed like the Pierre-Paul that the Giants organization fell in love with, was back.

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Now Pierre-Paul is primed to have the greatest season of his career. When Pierre-Paul has his game going, nobody can block the 6-5 278 pound defensive end. He has the length and the quickness off the edge to dominate as a pass rusher. Pierre-Paul wanted a long-term contract but the Giants gave him the franchise tag. Pierre-Paul will now be hungrier than ever. He must and he will prove that he is one of the best defensive ends in the NFL.

Last season Pierre-Paul finished eighth in the NFL in sacks. He had more tackles than six of the seven players ahead of him in sacks. Considering that Pierre-Paul had 9 of his 12.5 sacks in the last 5 games of the season, it seems like he has finally found his groove back.

It took Pierre-Paul a long and frustrating journey to get back to being a dominant player, but he got there. Last season Pierre-Paul was back to his superstar form. Because he failed to meet the expectations given to him by his incredible 2011 performance, he has almost become an afterthought to the casual NFL fan.

I have a feeling that the best is yet to come for Pierre-Paul. He will prove himself in 2015 as one of the dominant pass rushers in the game. Pierre-Paul is the Giants most underrated superstar.

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