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JPP happy to hand job back to Osi

Giants' second-year defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul during a

Giants' second-year defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul during a preseason game. (Aug. 29, 2011) Photo Credit: David Pokress

Jason Pierre-Paul said he is happy to have Osi Umenyiora back, even though it probably means he’ll lose his starting job because of it.

“I knew when he came back, he would get his starting position back,” Pierre-Paul said. “It’s cool.”

Pierre-Paul has been pretty cool himself on the field, registering 4.5 sacks in three games and playing some solid defense. He said he doesn’t think coming off the bench will change any of his production.

“The way I play, when they put me in, I am going to get a sack regardless,” he said. “It’s not if you start. You can come off the bench and you can do the same thing. It’s just the way you play. There are enough snaps. I am going to get at least 40 or 50 snaps every game because people do get tired.”

It's not even clear if Umenyiora will play against the Cardinals on Sunday. He was limited today but how his knee reacts to the workout tonight and tomorrow will be a big tell about his immediate future. If he is back, Pierre-Paul said a rotation that includes rest will be good for everyone.

“It can help any defensive player if you can have a backup that comes in and get you out for a blow or two,” he said. “It helps a defensive player and it helps me stay fresh.”

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