The New York Giants were officially eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday after the 37-14 spanking that was given to them by the San Diego Chargers. With nothing (of substance) to play for, Giants players have said that “pride” will keep them competing through the final three games of the 2013 season.
It’s an interesting situation because if the Giants win they only hurt their draft status. However, players are playing for their jobs, so tanking is not an option for them.
One thing is for sure, and Jason Pierre-Paul should not play in any of the final three games.
Pierre-Paul has missed the last two games with a shoulder injury he suffered in the Giants’ win over the Oakland Raiders back in Week 10. Pierre-Paul played the following week in a win over the Packers where he returned an interception for a touchdown and garnered NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors. The following week against the Dallas Cowboys, Pierre-Paul was limited and he has sat out both games since then.
The Giants would be smart to keep Pierre-Paul from playing for the rest of the year. Between him clearly not being 100 percent and New York having no shot at the playoffs, it makes no sense to throw Pierre-Paul back into the fire where he would be susceptible to further injury.
Besides for the breakout performance against Green Bay it has been a quiet year for Pierre-Paul. He’s recorded just two sacks after undergoing serious back surgery in the offseason. The recovery period took him right up until Week 1 of the season, and it seems as though Pierre-Paul hasn’t been 100 percent the entire year. With (fingers crossed) a clean bill of health next year, Pierre-Paul has already started talking about 2014 which will be his fifth year in the NFL.
“When I come back next year, I don’t think there’s going to be a tackle in the league who can to stop me,” Pierre-Paul said in an article written by ESPN New York’s Dan Graziano.
Sitting Pierre-Paul would also allow the Giants an extended look at rookie Damontre Moore. Moore hasn’t done much with his opportunities the past two weeks, but he’s still getting acclimated to the NFL’s style. The Giants would like to get some idea of what Moore can bring to the table before they head into some tough decisions in the offseason.