It’s been a long time since Jason Pierre-Paul was a dominant defensive end in the NFL — three years to be exact.
But Pierre-Paul doesn’t just expect to return to the form which saw him post 16 1/2 sacks in 2011, he expects to surpass it.
“I’m trying to be better than that 2011-2012 year,” Pierre-Paul said Monday. “Each year is a year for you to get better, so that’s what I’m trying to do.”
When met with incredulity, Pierre-Paul didn’t back down, saying he could be “a lot” better. And agreed he could “maybe” threaten former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan’s record of 22 1/2.
“Every day is a learning process, still learning the game even more and more,” Pierre-Paul said. “You never can stop learning.”
Pierre-Paul dealt with multiple injuries over the past two years, none more crippling than a back injury in 2012 which eventually led to offseason surgery to remove a herniated disc. And he was shut down early last season due to a shoulder injury.
“Nobody wants to be injured,” he said. “It comes with the game; you never know when you’re going to be injured. You have to fight through it. You go out there and play.”
Pierre-Paul has just 13 total sacks in the three seasons other than 2011, when he registered his career high. He had just two sacks in 11 games last season.
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