New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul got plenty of playing time in his first game back since injuring his right hand in a fireworks accident, and the 26-year-old was pleased with his performance, reports ESPN’s Dan Graziano.
Pierre-Paul played on 47 snaps during the team’s 32–18 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, and tallied two tackles. He was most effective in the fourth quarter when he put the most pressure on Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston.
After the game, Pierre-Paul acknowledged he could have played better, but was happy to be back on the field.
“This is my first game back,” Pierre-Paul said. “I’m a little rusty in some areas. Need to go back and watch the film and see where I can get better and get ready for New England. ... I just know I’m happy I’m back out here, doing what I love. I’ve got a second opportunity.”
Pierre-Paul is a welcome addition to a Giants defense that is ranked worst in the NFL for yards given up per game and sacks. He has made 42 sacks in his last five seasons, including 12.5 last season.
The Giants play the Patriots at home in Week 10.