Let’s get everyone caught up on what we had to offer during the bye week.
First off, Giants general manager Jerry Reese and I had a Q and A session on Thursday, which was also the day that the team put Mathias Kiwanuka on injured reserve. I didn’t ask a lot of questions about that and, to be honest, Reese didn’t answer a lot of questions about that. He issued a statement on the matter, and that was fine.
But we did talk about a lot of other things, such as the presence of soon-to-be free agents on the roster who are making invaluable contributions to the team, including Steve Smith, Ahmad Bradshaw, Kevin Boss, Barry Cofield, and, yes, Mathais Kiwanuka. We also spoke about how the labor uncertainty is affecting those negotiations.
One issue we did not see eye to eye on is how much playing time Jason Pierre-Paul is getting. I asked him about this rookie class and how little they are contributing and whether that is a good thing because it means the vets are playing well. I don’t think Pierre-Paul has made much of an impact. I know press box statistics aren’t always in line with reality, but so far this season Pierre-Paul has four tackles. That’s the same number as Clint Sintim and D.J. Johnson. I will say that he is doing well on special teams, but they did not spend a first-round draft pick on him for his special teams prowess.
With Kiwanuka now officially done for the year, perhaps Pierre-Paul will be called upon to do more. But for Jerry to say that Pierre-Paul plays “a regular role” and is “playing a lot,” I have to respectfully disagree.
Anyway, there was an abbreviated version of the conversation in the newspaper on Sunday. You can read every syllable of the back-and-forth we had online, though, by clicking here.