The New York Giants are a better team with Jason Pierre-Paul on the field but this weekend against the Green Bay Packers the Giants might have to depend on other players to attack the quarterback. It would be easy to say with Pierre-Paul out that Damontre Moore will need to step up and fill his shoes but he is still very much a work in progress and despite his talent he might not see the field much. The reality, if JPP is out, is that Mathias Kiwanuka, Justin Tuck and Cullen Jenkins will need to step up and replace the lost production.
It isn’t fair to expect Moore to suddenly go from little-used to replacing Pierre-Paul’s production. Is it possible? Sure, anything is in the NFL. Is it likely? No. Moore is still a rookie, a rookie that miss a significant chunk of the preseason with a shoulder injury.
Moore does have the natural instinct of a pass rusher and is a freak athlete and put that on display in his first action against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the preseason with several quarterback hurries and a blocked punt. However, there is a difference between preseason and Week 11 of the regular season.
The Giants will not ask Moore to fill in for Pierre-Paul. Instead Kiwanuka, Tuck and Jenkins will probably see the most time at defensive end. Jenkins usually plays inside next to Linval Joseph but has played end at times throughout the season. Moore is likely to see a few snaps but Tom Coughlin has a short leash with rookies and he will not hesitate to sit the 21-year-old Texas A&M product.
If Moore does see some time at defensive end he will be able to show Coughlin that he is capable of contributing. He doesn’t have to go nuts and record four or five tackles and a couple of sacks. He just needs to prove he can play within the Giants’ scheme. Then again, he might not see the field much, if at all, if Pierre-Paul decides he is healthy enough to play.