Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul is ready to "destory everything" this upcoming season.
Pierre-Paul proved that he can still play at an elite level, and the Giants rewarded him with a four-year, $62 million contract this offseason because of it. Now, he is aimed at a new goal this season: Defensive Player of the Year.
"I have no choice but to go for that," Pierre-Paul said. "I'm the type of dudge, I'm greedy but at the same time do your job right... Everbody has goals they want to achieve. If I get that, I get thta but I'm going to play to my full capability and play to 110 percent."
After season-ending surgery to repair an injured groin, the 28-year-old seems to be healthy as he had an exceptional preseason. Pierre-Paul's production, though, is just getting started.
"I'm still getting warmed up. I feel like I'm still getting warmed up, still [have] a couple of things I need to tighten up," Pierre-Paul said. "Preseason is preseason, training camp, OTAs, all that [was] getting you ready for football. I think everybody feels the same way about it. But I'm just getting warmed up and we'll see what I can do in the regular season."
The Giants will need JPP on Sunday night after it was found out Cowboys' RB Ezekiel Elliott will be eligible to play. However, he is not worried about the NFL's leading rusher last season.
"I don't know the key," Pierre-Paul said when asked how to stop Elliott. "Our job is to go out there and defend the yards behind us, defend the field behind us and that's what we are going to do as a team."
Pierre-Paul will be a key cog for the Giants, who many consider to be a Super Bowl contender this season. But JPP doesn't think that the team is at that point just yet. They have a long season to go before he will know for sure.
"The team is good. It's not a Super Bowl team yet, but I feel like if we don't make those mistakes and we close the games out that wee need to do -- take it one game at a time, we'll get where we need to go," he said. "We were in the playoffs last year, our job is to make it to the playoffs and get to the championship. So, that's our job, that's what we strive for and every team out there is striving for that... Hopefully, this Sunday night we go out there and do what we've got to do to come out with a victory."
In 12 games last season, Pierre-Paul totaled 53 tackles, seven sacks, three forced fumbles, and eight pass defenses.