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Tom Coughlin sees chance Jason Pierre-Paul will play against Tampa Bay

The Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul talks to the media

The Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul talks to the media at the Giants training facility in East Rutherford, N.J., on Oct. 30, 2015. Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

There may be a change to the ETA of JPP.

Tom Coughlin said there is a chance Jason Pierre-Paul will play this week against the Bucs.

"If he practices and continues to advance the way he has over the last few days and we feel good about where he is physically, that would be a decision we would be confident in making," Coughlin said on a conference call yesterday.

Coughlin said Pierre-Paul practiced in pads while the rest of the team was doing other game-related work last week in an effort to get him used to equipment he has not worn since the end of last season. With two full practices this week, Coughlin said the Giants will continue to "push the envelope" in Pierre-Paul's reps.

"We'll increase everything," he said, calling it "the continuation of developing his conditioning in uniform."

While Coughlin sounded optimistic, it's still only a definitely-maybe that Pierre-Paul can return this week. He'll have to continue to show the kind of leaps and bounds of progress he did last week and also refine parts of his game such as hand placements and techniques. But clearly the Giants' defense needs a jolt, and JPP might be able to provide it.

Manning: Game was 'fun'

Eli Manning wasn't thrilled about the result, but he was able to appreciate his role in one of the most offensively entertaining games in NFL history.

"It was a fun game to play in," he said on Monday after throwing a career-high six touchdown passes in the 52-49 loss to the Saints.

"Obviously, we would have liked to have been on the winning side of it. But as an offense, you look at what you can control and we did a lot of good things. But it wasn't enough."

Giant steps

Coughlin did not have an update on CB Prince Amukamara. Amukamara, who has a pectoral injury, was scheduled for an MRI on Monday that could clear him to return to practice this week . . . Coughlin did not have updates on the status of TE Larry Donnell or RB Orleans Darkwa, both of whom left Sunday's game with neck injuries . . . Coughlin said he reminded the players that they still are in first place in the NFC East.

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