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Jason Pierre-Paul intriguing possibility at tight end

Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul raises his arms

Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul raises his arms to the crowd during the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers. (Nov. 17, 2013) Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

The Giants may have the "JPP of tight ends," and no, not Adrien Robinson, who once received that unprophetic title from Jerry Reese.

Jason Pierre-Paul, undoubtedly one of the most athletic players on the Giants' roster, is an enticing option for the Giants to use in some offensive sets. Facing the Texans this week and seeing how they have used J.J. Watt in that role -- he caught a touchdown pass last week against the Raiders -- has sparked a line of questioning about the possibility, if not actual consideration from the coaching staff.

"I've done it in my past, on the goal line," offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo said of his time with the Packers. "We've done some things with B.J. Raji and Mike Daniels in Green Bay. You're always tempted. Look at those guys. Of course you want to use them."

Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said he would be "all for" having one of his players switch sides for a specific package and has been subtly suggesting it for several years.

"I say this to our coaching staff all the time that JPP would be a great tight end," Fewell said. "You ought to see the guy run and catch the ball around here. He would be a great tight end."

McAdoo thinks so, too.

"JPP, you could probably throw it five yards over the goal post and he has a chance to go up and get it,'' McAdoo said. "There are some talented guys you'd like to use. But they have a full plate, too."

McAdoo: Not there yet

McAdoo bristled at the idea that the Giants now are "comfortable" in their new offense based on their performance against the Cardinals, a game in which they were thwarted more by execution issues than playbook ones.

"We are not quite comfortable yet," he said. "We need to be comfortable being uncomfortable . . . We have made some progress. We are continuing to plug away and we are climbing that mountain and trying to get to the peak, but we are not there yet."

Giant steps

Fewell said he was "a little apprehensive" about having Trumaine McBride play slot cornerback in place of Walter Thurmond III (on IR with a torn pectoral), but "he has had some clinic plays just in practice." McBride is smaller than traditional slot corners. "He is a guy that plays bigger than what he really is and he really rises to the expectations," Fewell said. "It's got to be heart, it's got to be want-to." . . . Steve Weatherford (ankle) punted in practice for the first time this week. He likely will rest two days before punting on Sunday. . . . McAdoo said he doesn't allow himself to look forward to the day when injured WR Odell Beckham Jr. is back on the field. "It's got to be painful for him right now, so I'm not going to put myself or him through any of that," McAdoo said. "When he comes out here, it will be a good bonus for all of us."

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