1. Pass Rushing Ability
Jason Pierre-Paul has a vast number of areas in which he appeals to the New York Giants. If there’s only one area in which he deserves to be praised, however, it’s his uncanny ability to rush the passer and apply pressure to the quarterback.
Pierre-Paul may not be an elite player, but he’s one of the better pass-rushers in the NFL—a truth that should help the Giants’ defense continue to dominate.
Pierre-Paul appeared in 12 games during the 2016 season, recording 7.0 sacks. During those 12 appearances, he accumulated 24 hurries, which is the ultimate testament to how effective he remains when applying pressure to the opposing team’s field general.
Beyond his individual production, Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon formed a dynamic tandem that alleviated pressure from one another and those around them.
Between Pierre-Paul and Vernon alone, New York recorded 61 hurries. Both were ranked in the Top 20 amongst edge rushers in pass rushing on Pro Football Focus, with Pierre-Paul ranking No. 10 in that regard.
Each has the potential to be a high-level contributor again during the 2017 season, and if they maintain the pace, they can dominate again.
The New York Giants re-signing Jason Pierre-Paul may be a polarizing move, but there are reasons to believe it could work out for the best.