Pierre-Paul was impressive in the full-pads portion of practice Sunday, winning battles from both the defensive end and tackle positions, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
The offseason addition has reportedly lived up to his stellar pass-rushing reputation in the early stages of camp, with Sunday giving him his first opportunity to show what he could in something approximating live action. Pierre-Paul took several snaps at defensive tackle during drills and utilized a combination of his long arms and power to his advantage on multiple occasions, which had also led to a strong day against the run in Saturday's practice. The addition of Pierre-Paul to a defensive line that already includes multi-time Pro Bowler Gerald McCoy, free-agent acquistion Vinny Curry, second-round pick Vita Vea (calf) and Noah Spence projects to give the overall defensive unit a much-needed boost.
After finishing last in the NFL in sacks (22) in 2017, the Buccaneers have poured significant resources into upgrading their pass rush over the past week, bringing aboard Vinny Curry on a three-year, $27 million pact and now acquiring Pierre-Paul, who inked a four-year, $62 million deal with the Giants last March. One of the NFL's more fearsome rushers since entering the league in 2010, Pierre-Paul has seen his productivity slow only moderately since his much-publicized 2015 fireworks accident, racking up 15.5 sacks over the past two seasons. With Pierre-Paul, Curry and six-time Pro Bowl tackle Gerald McCoy along the defensive line, providing pressure on the quarterback shouldn't be nearly as much of an issue for Tampa Bay in 2018.
Pierre-Paul had a strong season in 2017 with 8.5 sacks and 68 total tackles, 48 of which were solo. He also knocked down five passes and forced two fumbles.
While the sack total was modest, Pierre-Paul is one of the best tackling defensive ends in the league, and he played all 16 games for the first time since 2014.
Pierre-Paul (finger/back) is listed as active Sunday against the Redskins.
Playing with a cast on his broken finger Week 16, he tallied a sack among four tackles while missing just three of 69 defensive snaps. He was unable to practice in preparation for the season finale, seemingly the result of a more-recent issue with his back. The maintenance of Pierre-Paul's health will allow him to take the field, but it stands to wonder how effective he'll be.
Pierre-Paul (finger/back) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Redskins, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.
Pierre-Paul was able to wear a club in Week 16 and play through his finger injury, but the back ailment is a new arrival. He has been held out of practice this week because of it, and his status likely won't be released until 11:30 EST on Sunday. The eighth-year pro has compiled 66 tackles, 7.5 sacks and four pass breakups through 15 games this season.
|P2||8/18/18||@ TEN||7:00 pm|
|1||9/9/18||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|4||9/30/18||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 5|
|6||10/14/18||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|9||11/4/18||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|11||11/18/18||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ DAL||1:00 pm|
|2010||New York Giants||16||30||24.0||6||4.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||6|
|2011||New York Giants||16||86||65.0||21||16.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||7|
|2012||New York Giants||16||66||43.0||23||6.5||1||28||28.0||28||1||5|
|2013||New York Giants||11||27||20.0||7||2||1||24||24.0||24||1||4|
|2014||New York Giants||16||77||54.0||23||12.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||6|
|2015||New York Giants||8||26||21.0||5||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||6|
|2016||New York Giants||12||53||35.0||18||7||0||0||0.0||0||0||8|
|2017||New York Giants||16||68||48.0||20||8.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||5|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2010||New York Giants||16||1||12||12.0||12||0||0|
|2011||New York Giants||16||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2012||New York Giants||16||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2013||New York Giants||11||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2014||New York Giants||16||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2015||New York Giants||8||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2016||New York Giants||12||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2017||New York Giants||16||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
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|2010||New York Giants||16||0||0||2||0||2||0||2||0|
|2011||New York Giants||16||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|2012||New York Giants||16||0||0||1||0||1||10||1||0|
|2013||New York Giants||11||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||New York Giants||16||0||0||3||0||1||0||1||0|
|2015||New York Giants||8||0||0||0||0||2||0||2||0|
|2016||New York Giants||12||0||0||3||0||1||43||1||1|
|2017||New York Giants||16||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|