The Giants better be ready to face Jason Pierre-Paul.
The Buccaneers defensive end will be back in New York to face his former team Sunday, and he said he will be bringing his A-game.
“Honestly, I had this game checked off since I left there,” Pierre-Paul told reporters Wednesday. “Emotions running big. I’m coming, man. I’m bringing the house down.”
“It’s been checked off since I left there, and I’m pretty sure they know I’m bringing the house down. At the end of the day, it is what it is. I just know once I get there I’m going to be going 100 percent.”
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Pierre-Paul was traded to the Buccaneers during the offseason, which he said he’s not bitter about. But what upset him is that only general manager Dave Gettleman and quarterback Eli Manning called him for exit interviews. He didn’t hear a word from the front office.
“I wouldn’t say hurt. Just the fact that the only thing I got was a phone call. You know what I’m saying?” Pierre-Paul said. “I didn’t speak to no owners or nothing. Obviously, I gave a hard eight years with the New York Giants and won a Super Bowl there, and the only thing you get is a phone call. I wouldn’t say I was hurt but it was just shocking. You know what I mean?
“At the end of the day, we have to do our jobs no matter what team we play for. You’re a football player, you’re a pro, so you’ve got to do your job to the best of your ability. That’s what I’ve been doing.”
Pierre-Paul said he’s doing better with Tampa Bay, where he has recorded eight sacks through the first nine games this season.
“Obviously, New York felt like I couldn’t get the job done,” he said. “I don’t know who makes those decisions but that was the decision that was made when I got traded.”
As for his knowledge of his former team going into the game, Pierre-Paul said he has seen the numbers and knows the Giants’ offensive line has struggled at times.
“I wouldn’t say licking my chops, but I know it’s a problem,” Pierre-Paul said. “But like I said, that’s not my problem. I’m on the Bucs and I’m doing a great job here and I’m loving it.”