After a slow start to the season, Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul sparked the defense with his best performance of the season.
It was the JPP the Giants expected to see on the field when they signed him to a four-year, $62 million this offseason. Pierre-Paul got to Broncos QB Trevor Siemian three times, and disrupted him throughout the game. He tied his career-high in sacks with his breakout performance of the 2017-2018 campaign.
Defensive end coach Pat Graham is used to seeing the intensity Pierre-Paul displayed on Sunday night. His "juice," as he calls it, is what has made him such a prolific threat off the edge.
"His juice, his energy, it fuels the team, especially on the defensive side of the ball," Graham told The Post's Howie Kussoy. "He's a pleasure to be around because when that energy comes...when he has the juice, it's just contagious. Guys get excited."
"His juice is always a positive and guys will feed off that, but we need it to be every week. It needs to be consistent and he knows that, and he's working towards that. I think last week there were some steps in practice, especially, that are going to help transfer on the field."
It may have been JPP's best performance so far this season, but he isn't basking in it. The 28-year-old is always trying to improve, and focus on getting to whatever opponent stands in his way.
"I don't look at what I did last week or what I'm about to do," Pierre-Paul said. "Whatever opponent is in front of me, I figure him out and that's when I get to work."
"I'm gonna bring the juice no matter what."
As for his next opponent in the Seahawks on Sunday, QB Russell Wilson can make teams pay with his arm and legs. When trying to pressure him, Pierre-Paul knows he needs to keep him contained instead of trying to get him on the ground as fast as possible.
"You've got to keep him contained," Pierre-Paul said. "He's a fasty guy, played with him before. We've got to keep him contained and do your assignments well. ... He's a tougher quarterback, he makes things happen. If you look, he's a special kind of guy. He can be falling down and he throws the ball downfield and gets it complete, so we really have to get there."
"I look forward to going out this week and putting a great performance on but at the same time, doing my assignments as well. ... You can't just go out there and free-ball the whole defense, but I'm just ready to go out there and play my game."
Pierre-Paul also notched a season-high in tackles with eight in Denver.