DE Jason Pierre-Paul
June 14, 2017
Q: Did what happened in the OTAís and this minicamp make you feel more energized for what you think can happen this season; or less?
A: I just think OTAís is a place where you bond with your teammates. You start to get better, you start to create chemistry with one another. Everyday that we came out here we work, we work, we work, we work, and we work. You know, going into meeting rooms we meet and we meet. Those are things that just get us better as players. But now, today is the last day of OTAís and you need to continue that on and off the field. What you do behind closed doors it shows on the field. If youíre out partying and all that then you come here and you will be out of shape. If you choose to go by it the right way, it shows.
Q: How do you handle your 6 weeks?
A: I spend it with family most of the time and I try not to get distracted and try to do the little things. You know, try to get better at things I know Iím not good at on the field. Studying more and that is basically it.
Q: How much do you work out? How much do you get on the field?
A: I work out everyday, mostly. I probably take one day off, probably in all the days I work out, but then I start unloading when training camp is about to start. To actually feel better, which I do feel better when Iím working out, but that is basically it.
Q: You gave that message to your teammates today?
A: Iím pretty sure they get the picture. We had guys come in here, and veteran guys too that have been talking. They understand the message. We had team meetings with a list of instructions with the better opportunities you are going to get. Trust me I am living proof of it. You know 2 years ago; I probably wouldnít even be here, but I understand the distractions, so Iím good.
Q: Where do you plan on spending July 4th this year?
A: Iíll be out of the country.
Q: Out of the country?
A: I told you 2 years ago I am out of the country every 4th of July.
Q: Where did you go last year?
Q: And this year?
A: Iím not telling you. Iím out of the country.
Q: I wonít follow you.
A: Iím out of the country.
Q: How have you been clicking so far with the rookie newcomers so far on the line, such as Avery Moss and Dalvin Tomlinson?
A: You know, as rookies, you donít know what to expect coming in. And I used to be that guy too. You donít understand what you are about to get into. I think us as veterans did a good job of making them feel comfortable of coming in and it is okay to make mistakes. I still make mistakes to this day. But we made them feel comfortable and I told them that any situation that you have got, you call me. If you want to talk about plays you know I am here to talk. So that was basically it. We made them feel comfortable and they are okay.
Q: How was your physical? What kind of shape are you in?
A: I am in great shape. I can be in better shape, but I will be ready to go come September.
Q: Is this the best shape you have been in you think?
A: Yes. I wonít say itís the best shape. I am still rehabbing; you know doing the little things to get me better. But I will be in the best shape, you know, come the first game.
Q: Were you limited at all?
A: No I was not limited. I did everything in OTAís. I thought I was going to be limited, but I did everything.
Q: What are you looking to do weight-wise? I know you have trimmed it down a little bit last year.
A: Iíll be at the perfect weight to help me play better this year.
Q: What do you think that is?
A: I donít know.
Q: Do you look at your new contract as pressure to perform?
A: I donít look at my new contract as pressure to perform. I just look at it as it was an opportunity given to me. I am going to play it out and get another one. Hopefully, I am here.
Q: You dominated in Cleveland last year. Is that, or was that, kind of like a comeback type of game. How often can you reach that type of dominance?
A: I think I dominated every game that I played last year. Not just the Cleveland game. That is basically how I see it. I think I dominated every game that I had played last year. I look back on the tape and I saw a player who was just only getting better, you know, so.
Q: Can you talk about what Fatherís Day means to you?
A: Fatherís Day? I am a brand new father, that is how I see it. You know Fatherís Day is a lot. I can teach my son things, and I see my son growing, and I spend time with him. That is basically it. I am still a new father and at the end of the day, you only start being a father by learning what your child needs. Nobody can teach you how to be a father. You just can see them and hopefully you will get to be a better father.
Q: How old is he now?
A: He is going on 3.
Q: Does he know you play for the Giants?
A: Oh, yes he know I play for the Giants, he knows I play for the Giants. He might even know my number.