Jason Pierre-Paul’s texts with teammate show he’s realistic about situation
While Jason Pierre-Paul has been an enigmatic no-show during New York Giants training camp, he reportedly has been in regular contact with some members of the front office as well as several of his teammates. One of those teammates is defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, whose comments on the texts he has exchanged with his teammate shed light on the frame of mind Pierre-Paul is in as he recovers from the traumatic hand injuries suffered in a Fourth of July fireworks accident.
Jenkins, who first communicated with Pierre-Paul about a week after the injury, says it’s difficult to gauge exactly what his teammate is thinking or feeling, but believes Pierre-Paul understands the gravity of the situation.
“His attitude is, this [injury] kind of put things in perspective for him,” Jenkins told the New York Post on Thursday. “He realizes things could have been worse, although he’s in good spirits when I talk to him. He knows he has to work and get right, and he knows it’s not going to be easy.”
Jenkins also said he’s hesitant to bring up the injury or football because he’s cognizant of how sensitive Pierre-Paul might be about the entire incident. He nevertheless believes Pierre-Paul is in the right frame of mind and will do whatever it takes to return to the team.
“It’s hard to get the feel of a text message, but I know JPP, and JPP is a fighter,” he said. “He’s going to be determined, and he’s going to be determined to prove people wrong. And we definitely miss him.”
The entire situation has been nothing short of an utter fiasco, a word Giants head coach Tom Coughlin previously used to describe how things have played out with Pierre-Paul. And given the uncertainty concerning when the defensive lineman may return to the team — much less his condition — is arguably shocking at this late stage. It has frustrated owner John Mara to no end and the fact that there is “no indication” Pierre-Paul has even begun training is indeed troubling.