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All or nothing: JPP won't play in an abbreviated role against Cowboys

Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul uses a towel

Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul uses a towel to stretch during training camp on July 27, 2013. Credit: James Escher

Jason Pierre-Paul isn’t coming back as a part-time player.

The defensive end who was limited in today’s practice said that he will only participate in Sunday’s game against the Cowboys if he’s able to play most of the game. So if the Giants say they want to limit him to, say, 20 snaps, or if he feels that’s all he’d be able to give to the team, he’ll just wait until Week 2.

“That’s not enough,” he said of being a replacement player. “When it comes to games like this I like to be a factor in the game. I don’t want to put myself out there and only do 20 snaps and those 20 snaps are not really what counts to win the game. I’m not a third-down guy only. I like to go out there and take all the snaps that I can.”

JPP said he’ll make his decision about whether he plays or not on Friday. He said it will be his decision, something he’s maintained throughout the process. He did say that he’s looking forward to getting out on the field for his first snaps since back surgery in the spring.

“I’m very anxious,” he said. “Who wouldn’t be anxious? I’m just coming off back surgery and I just want to be out there. I haven’t played a preseason game so if I do play this Sunday night this will be my first time actually getting out there and showing everybody what I got off of back surgery.”

It just won’t be a quick glimpse.

“On this team I feel like it’s a big thing for me to take most of the snaps,” he said.


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