Jason Pierre-Paul, last season's first round pick, is expected to be a big part of the Giants' pass rush, a unit that needs to carry the defense if the team is to be successful. But with Mathias Kiwanuka one hit from the infirmary, and Osi Umenyiora exploring trades and knee surgery, JPP could find himself in a starting role opposite Justin Tuck. Either way, he'll need to produce.
With Beatty and Pierre-Paul being two of the top players to watch this pre-season, it's quite convenient that you don't even have to turn your head to watch the two battle it out in training camp. That's because JPP and Beatty have been taking part in what CBS Sports' Alex Raskin calls the best matchup of training camp.
“(They) have gone at it pretty much every day, and whether you have pads on or not, they compete like heck,” Coughlin said, before noting that Pierre-Paul has been “very quick off the ball.”The fact that the matchup is competitive does not necessarily mean both players have taken the essential step forward, as both could just be equally average. But it's certainly a good sign that two of the most important Giants players are taking their immense opportunities seriously, and it's always nice to see a competitive edge, especially in what has been a relatively unexciting camp so far.
It wouldn't be a total upset for both of these high draft picks to fulfill their potential this season. Without at least one of them taking that next step, it's hard to imagine this team making the playoffs.
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