NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 11:49 AM
The Giants have Jason Pierre-Paul back in the building. But no, Tom Coughlin said, he does not know what comes next.
On Wednesday, one day after JPP re-signed with the club, Coughlin provided little indication of his defensive end’s timetable for hitting the field.
“I’m being brought along like the rest of you,” Coughlin said.
Pierre-Paul will start with the “medical people,” Coughlin said, and he can participate in jog through portions of the workout. During practice though, he will “slide over” and work by himself initially, Coughlin said.
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The defensive end is optimistic and “upbeat,” Coughlin said. Pierre-Paul said he weighed in at 268 pounds, just 10 pounds less than his listed playing weight of 278. Pierre-Paul said Monday night that he spent most of the last three months training early mornings at 7:30 and was in shape. Coughlin said the defensive end, who is dealing with hand injuries due to a July 4 fireworks accident, had worked against bags in Florida.
“We are all rooting for him to be honest with you,” the coach said. “He’s anxious to play right now.”
And will he be the same player? Coughlin could not say for sure but he did seem hopeful that Pierre-Paul’s mangled right hand would not affect his quickness or explosion.
“I’m hoping he’s as good as…if you study him (on tape)…he’ll use that hand basically as he always has, not necessarily as a grabber but as a club,” Coughlin said.
The coach did not say whether JPP would wear a glove of cast or other protective brace on his right hand; he had his right index finger amputated in July.
Coughlin added that Pierre-Paul will not play Sunday against New Orleans, but did not rule out the possibility of the defensive end making the trip south, simply so he can be around the game. The Giants have a two-game roster exemption for JPP.
“Do I want him in the environment of competitiveness? Yes,” Coughlin said.