At this point of the summer, the Giants are usually dealing with preparations for the upcoming training camp. The players are in, as Andrew Brandt of SI's MMQB puts it, the "submarine" mode -- the six weeks between minicamp and training camp. Everyone is supposed to run silent and run deep during that period and surface unscathed in late July.
This time it's DE Jason Pierre-Paul, who injured his hand in a fireworks mishap over the holiday weekend. He reportedly has severe burns and possible nerve damage to one of his fingers. However, his injuries are said to be "non-career threatening" and even "non-season threatening."
So where does that leave the Giants, who were expecting JPP to play as a three-down DE this season?
That depends on how long JPP will be out of action. But he has to be in, first. He is unlikely to land a long-term deal before the league's July 15 deadline. That means he has no recourse but to sign his one-year, $14.8 million franchise tender. That is, if the Giants don't rescind it.
If the Giants rescind the franchise tender, JPP becomes an unrestricted free agent and can sign anywhere. Given the varied philosophies among teams, he would surely land a deal with someone.
It is very possible JPP is placed on the Non-Football Injury or Illness List, but he would have to be signed to a contract first. What the terms would be are anyone's guess. But under the rules, he would have to miss the first six games of the regular season. It is still unclear if he is paid during that period.
When we get the details of his injuries and the parameters of his recovery period, we can properly map out how far this ripples across the roster.
The depth chart without JPP is full of question marks. Veteran Cullen Jenkins will likely see more reps at DE, but he's 34 and who knows how much he can provide. Damontre Moore is expected to see more snaps, too, but he has yet to prove reliable as a three-down DE. Another option, Robert Ayers, is more of a pass-rushing specialist.
George Selvie is a useful veteran who could help out, but it could be the youngsters that provide the relief this season. Kerry Wynn is an up-and comer. Jordan Stanton could benefit from JPP's absence, but the real winner could be third-round draft pick Owa Odighizuwa, a strong edge-setter that is still honing his pass rush skills.
This is a bad situation, and with the Giants already having doubts about JPP before this incident, it is destined to put a damper over the team this summer.
If he is going to miss six games, what would be the point of signing him to a one-year deal? Maybe it's time to move on.