Among edge defenders, one player stood out above the rest in terms of batted passes. pic.twitter.com/DNNUIS8iBA
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) June 22, 2017
The New York Giants gave defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul a four-year extension this offseason, knowing plenty about his injury history.
The star defender has played less than 12 games in three of the last four seasons, with the biggest blow coming when he injured his hand due to a fireworks accident two summers ago.
Most would think that a mangled hand would affect his ability to knock down passes, something the lengthy lineman always had a knack of doing prior to his injury.
But last season, JPP finished second among edge rushers in batted passes, with seven – even with missing the final four games of the season.
On average, he’s been posting around six per season, so he was on pace for more than what he was regularly putting up prior to his injury.
He also had Pro Football Focus grades above 80 as both a pass rusher and run defender, proving that he’s more than just a pass rusher.
So while some doubt if giving the injury-prone Pierre-Paul a long-term deal made sense, there’s no question when he’s healthy that he’s a difference maker.