The Giants received a pleasant surprise this week as defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul agreed to terms on a contract.
The Giants, which lack a competitive pass rush this season, will slowly work Pierre-Paul back into the fray during practice over the next few weeks.
More importantly, Pierre-Paul's return had an emotional impact on the team.
"It brought a big smile to my face," linebacker Jon Beason said. "Long time coming, happy to have the guy back, a member of the family is back home, and anxious to see what he can do. I know he's going to give us a lift. He's going to help us."
Like many, Beason is anxious to see to how Pierre-Paul will fare after the injury to his hand.
Last season, Pierre-Paul led the Giants with 12.5 sacks. In 2015, the Giants defense has registered only 9.0 sacks through seven games, which ranks 31st in the league.
"That's the thing man, people say what they want to say, but until you see it, you don't know," added Beason. "You never deny a guy the opportunity, especially when he's as determined as he is. He's working extremely hard, already you see it, and he's just anxious to get out there and help us win some games.
"He's JPP for a reason. I don't see why he won't be able to go out there and help us. Anybody who is about what we're trying to do, we're trying to get after the quarterback, whether we bring pressure or we just send our front four. We need to do a better job of that."