Devon Kennard has gotten a close look at Jason Pierre-Paul during practice, and the Giants linebacker has enjoyed the view.

"He looks . . . very good," Kennard said Friday.

The question is, will JPP be a DNP at Tampa Bay Sunday or will the Giants activate the defensive end for his long-awaited season debut? The official answer will come sometime after this morning's practice. The deadline to put him on the roster is 4 p.m.

Actually, the surprise will be if he isn't activated. Coach Tom Coughlin said he has been "pleased" with what he has seen from Pierre-Paul this week.

"I'll make the decision [Saturday]," Coughlin said. "He's done everything we've asked him to do and we're very positive about it."

He wouldn't say that Pierre-Paul will be limited to a specialized role.

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"Not necessarily," Coughlin said. "It may be in a role that you may have an idea of how many snaps you want him. But he obviously has played many, many years in all circumstances, so I don't think necessarily that's true."

The defense could really use Pierre-Paul's pass-rushing skills if they aren't hindered by the damage caused to his right hand by his July 4 fireworks accident. The Giants have only nine sacks in their 4-4 start, including none in the 52-49 loss at New Orleans last Sunday, when Drew Brees passed for seven touchdowns and threw 50 times.

"Obviously, Drew Brees is an excellent quarterback, so you can't take anything away from him and the offensive team he has around him," Kennard said. "But we definitely have to bounce back and play better than we did last week."

But even if Pierre-Paul returns, the Giants will be playing without two important pieces. Middle linebacker Jon Beason will miss his second straight game with ankle and knee injuries and cornerback Prince Amukamara will miss his fourth straight with a partially torn pectoral muscle.

The Giants have yielded nearly 500 yards per game without Amukamara. He used a harness and practiced on a limited basis this week.

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"He needs more time," Coughlin said. "This was to get him going and to be able to give him a week where he could maneuver and cover and so on and so forth without any real contact."

Notes & quotes: Tight end Larry Donnell (neck) is out, so Stony Brook University product Will Tye moves to first string. "He obviously can handle it, so he's going to have extended time," Coughlin said of the rookie . . . Linebacker J.T. Thomas (ankle) and receiver Victor Cruz (calf) also are out . . . Receiver Rueben Randle (hamstring), linebacker Uani 'Unga (neck) and cornerback Leon McFadden (groin) are questionable.