Geoff Schwartz on JPP’s Possible Absence: ‘We Need Him’ [AUDIO]
While the Giants players await to see the full effects of Jason Pierre-Paul's hand injury, the value of having the G-Men's 2010 first round pick available this year is clear.
"We need him," said Giants offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz, to Armen and Levack on 104.5 The Team.
"He's a franchise player. Those don’t come around that often. He had 12 and a half sacks last year and some consider that a down year. He's an impact player. He's a guy [that] teams have to gameplan for, which opens up for other guys."
The Florida native has become one of the strongest assets of the Giants defense and New York proved that by designating Pierre-Paul with the franchise tag tender earlier this summer, valued at $14.8 million.
"You have JPP on the edge, are they going to chip? Are they going to double or slide to you? Having a guy like that on your defense when you can rush the passer helps the secondary and franchise players don’t come around that often."
The latest reports indicate that the Giants organization did not visit Pierre-Paul in a Miami hospital on Tuesday, three days after the NFL defensive end suffered an injury while lighting fireworks at his South Florida home.
Giants offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz joins Armen and Levack every Tuesday at 5:15pm ET on 'Your Home for New York Sports', 104.5 The Team.