The NFL season is inching closer. Through July, Shutdown Corner will examine three big questions for each NFL team as it heads to training camp.
NEW YORK GIANTS
Report date: July 27
Location: East Rutherford, N.J.
1. Is Jason Pierre-Paul all the way back?
The defensive end has had quite a stretch: in line for a big payday two years ago, Pierre-Paul’s July 4 fireworks accident did significant damage to his right hand, which put any talk of a monster contract on the shelf. Instead, Paul agreed to one-year contracts in each of the last two seasons, and looked to be back to form last season – he had seven sacks in 12 games, including 5.5 in a two-game stretch – when suffered a groin/core muscle injury that caused him to miss the final four games and required four offseason surgeries.
But Pierre-Paul has worked hard this offseason, and was rewarded by the team with a four-year, $62 million contract. He also was a full participant in all of the Giants’ offseason camps and displayed leadership by reminding his teammates to be cautious during their summer break – reminding them he’s “living proof” of what can happen.
New York had a top-10 defense last year in terms of yards allowed, but were in the bottom third of the league against the pass; Pierre-Paul being back to at least 2014 levels, when he had 12.5 sacks and three forced fumbles, can only help.
2. Will the new pass-catchers fit in seamlessly?
The Giants’ passing offense last season was Odell Beckham Jr. and not much else. Beckham had 1,387 receiving…
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