Jason Pierre-Paul: 'This is Not the 2017 Bucs'
(On his improvement over the course of training camp)
“Training camp is tough man. I’ve been doing it for nine years, but training camp is always tough. Especially out here in Tampa, the heat just makes you want to fight [laughs]. Training camp has been rough, but it’s going well. We already know that it’s a grind out there. We’ve got grown men out there just grinding, even rookies are grown men, but it’s just a grind out there. I think the tougher you are, the better you are going to be. We’re all out here doing the job that we have to do and guys are getting chemistry together. We’re just creating a bond with the whole team.”
(On what he’s learned about his new teammates)
“Everybody’s different. Just because you have nine years in the game, down to a rookie, everybody’s different. We’ve got to learn how to play with each other and communication is the key to the whole thing. I feel like without communication, it’s not going to work and that’s with any team you go to. But we’re doing a lot of talking out there. I see us picking up more and more as we get through training camp. We only have two more games left, so we’ve got to pick it up in two more games, then it’s real. It gets real.”
(On how strong the defensive line is going to be)
“We don’t know yet. Let’s not jump way up here, we’re right here, and we’re trying to get up there. But, we’re going to be a special group. I’ll just say, we’re getting our communication down pact because we’re just starting to talk and pick it up with each other. And that’s like I said, it’s training camp. Learning the guys, and yeah we’re going to say things to each other that we don’t like, but at the same time I would never say something to you that’s bad. That wouldn’t help you. I’ll just take criticism and move on. I know he said that behind my head and okay, let’s work on it. That’s how you get better.”