Giants defensive player to watch: DE Jason Pierre-Paul

October 18, 2012

(Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

How he beats you: Jason Pierre-Paul’s blend of athleticism, size and speed make him incredibly difficult to keep out of the backfield. At 6-foot-5 and 278 pounds, the third-year defensive end possesses long arms and an array of moves that make him, as Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams said, “slippery.” 

Pierre-Paul registered 16.5 sacks last season – the fourth-highest mark in the NFL – during the Giants’ Super Bowl campaign. This season, Pierre-Paul has recorded 3.5 sacks and 22 tackles. 

Williams marveled at Pierre-Paul’s complete skill-set, noting the 2011 All-Pro defensive end is equally adept at pass rushing and run stopping. 

“He’s as advertised,” Williams said. “Everything you would want in a defensive end, he has. There’s nothing more that you could as him to do.” 

How to stop him: The Redskins likely will try to devote an extra blocker as often as possible to holding off Pierre-Paul, though that will be difficult, several Redskins noted, because the Giants possess multiple pass-rushing threats along their defensive front seven. 

In addition to Pierre-Paul, New York’s defensive line and linebacking corps also includes noted pass rushers Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, Rocky Bernard and Mathias Kiwanuka.

But as it pertains to stopping Pierre-Paul in particular, Redskins tight end Fred Davis said using proper technique – and as much force as possible – will be vital Sunday.

“You’ve got to focus on technique,” Davis said. “You’ve got to be perfect and focused on every play. Coming off the ball, always getting into him. Letting him know your presence is there.”

And, as Williams said, “it’s going to take a little luck, too.”

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Keith McMillan · October 18, 2012

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