Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul got the day off from practice Wednesday in a plan he and the team hope can keep him healthier this season.
The 28-year-old suited up in 12 games last year and has not played in 16 games in a season since 2014.
"It's been a while, but leading up to it I have been playing well, but the main thing for me is to stay healthy and I feel like what Coach did today was a big help, as much as I wanted to be out there with my teammates," he said. "Just sitting on the sidelines and seeing things, I know exactly what is going to happen. And if that person doesn't do it, it just makes me know that I know the game mentally and I can just sit back and watch and focus on what I need to do right."
Pierre-Paul stretched with his teammates and worked on some conditioning but did not participate in the team's practice. He said he was fine to cede some playing time early in training camp to the young players on the roster.
"We are trying to bring those young boys along," he said. "This is training camp so we are going to see what they got. This was only the second day of pads so we are just focusing on the young boys and ourselves right now and I am going to try to bring them along the best way I can."
The Giants ranked among the best defenses in the NFL last year, allowing the third-fewest rushing yards per game (88.6 yards). Pierre-Paul says the unit is still looking to improve.
"We all still have to gain that chemistry with each other," he said. "We are doing a great job as a team, bonding with each other. It all starts with knowing the name of the player that you don't know. We are doing a good job of that and we are bringing it on the field.