Justin Tuck expects Jason Pierre-Paul to be same player with nine fingers

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Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Tuck doesn’t think his former teammate Jason Pierre-Paul will struggle this season with nine fingers.

The New York Giants defensive end had his right index finger amputated after an accident involving fireworks.

“I think he will be (the same player he was before),” Tuck said to the New York Daily News. “I think once he gets used to playing again, then yeah (he’ll be fine.) You can’t deny his athletic ability. He’s a terror to block.

“Hopefully everything else is healthy around him,” he added. “If that’s the case, I see no reason he won’t be the JPP of the second half of the season last year in this coming year.”

Pierre-Paul has still not signed his one-year, $14.813 million franchise tender from the Giants.  He may even sit out all of camp, but when he returns, Giants teammate Mark Herzlich expects him to return to form.

“I’ve seen him do some ridiculous things with 10 fingers,” said the Giants linebacker. “I’m sure he’s going to be able to do some ridiculous things with nine fingers.”

Long-snapper Zak DeOssie isn’t worried about Pierre-Paul missing camp.

“If JPP’s not there at the start of camp, it is what it is,” he said. “We understand that he’s a huge part of the team. That’s just a part of the business. It is what it is and we just have to show up and go to work.”

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