The Return of Vintage JPP, Tyrod Taylor’s Make or Break Year, the Denver Backfield and the Seahawks O-Line

Friday April 8th, 2016

“I was shocked [how well Pierre-Paul played]. He made a lot of plays, and he was still really disruptive with that big club […] The sky's the limit now.”

Speaking to NJ Advanced Media, new Giants defensive line coach Jeff Zgonina (a name I just learned how to pronounce) sounded downright giddy over Jason Pierre-Paul. He has good reason to be. Perhaps you look at JPP’s one-sack output in 2015 and think he’s done. But (1) Assessing a pass rusher based solely on sack numbers is downright un-American, and (2) Pierre-Paul will reportedly shed “the club,” which cost him a handful of sacks last year, and have a more functional right hand this season. The Giants were right to keep him on a prove-it deal, but they have plenty of reason to expect vintage JPP this fall.

And they need Pierre-Paul and new addition Olivier Vernon to dominate. With a pair of gambling corners in Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins ($29 million guaranteed!), this defense is going all-in on the ability to force turnovers.

Then, stick around as Andy Benoit and I discuss:

• Our dumb, stupid, unfeasible thoughts on playoff expansion (I mean, just hearing these ideas will lower your IQ by 10 points)

• Whether Tyrod Taylor will make or break in Buffalo this season

• The potential reunification of C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman in Denver’s backfield

• The Seahawks’ punch line of an O-line

• This week’s free agent signings (Reggie Nelson, Aldon Smith, Pot Roast Knighton and more)

• Those kids and their NFL games on Twitter (at least it should keep them off our respective lawns)

Plus, I make a truly terrible Garfield joke, Andy reveals the two fan bases that harass him most often, and I browbeat Andy into giving me fantasy football advice on Doug Baldwin, Carlos Hyde and Stevan Ridley.

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