Maybe it wouldn't have been so noticable if it were someone else. But when the first-round draft pick who is a 6-5, 270-pounder has to take a knee and receive treatments at a rookie minicamp, everyone's eyes are focused on it. Even Ronnie Barnes came over to take a look.
Early in Saturday morning's practice, Jason Pierre-Paul was just in such a situation. The defensive end was kneeling on the ground while trainers sprayed a substance on his bare back and applied a badage or pad of some sort. For the rest of the practice Pierre-Paul played but in between reps he was constantly stretching his back, clasping his hands over his head, and looking otherwise very uncomfortable.
"He’s going through the conditioning aspect of this," Tom Coughlin said after the practice. "I think he's suffering a little, but he hung in there."
Coughlin said he was not surprised.
"I think he’s, like a lot of them, they’re suffering a little bit because it’s hotter than it's been," Coughlin said. "They had two (practices) yesterday and they had time to cramp up and get sore and then come back in this morning and have to do it again. I wish he was running around like perhaps I had the thought that he would be, but he learns. He learns every time he gets out there."
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Pierre-Paul wasn't the only player struggling with conditioning. Coughlin called out safety Chad Jones as being "a little heavy."
"He's got some conditioning work to do," Coughlin said. "He's made some mental errors which is not surprising for anybody back there. He was down quite a bit this morning weight-wise so he lost quite a bit of water in just one day. But I think he’ll be very cognizant of the weight and the conditioning aspect when he comes back."