NFC Notes: JPP, Panthers, Maxwell, Washington

Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has been reasonably effective since returning from his hand injury, but the bulky club on his right hand has prevented him from being as sure a tackler as he once was. As Tom Rock of Newsday details, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo is confident that JPP will make the necessary adjustments. Teams around the league will likely be keeping a close eye on the veteran pass rusher down the stretch to see how he adapts, since he’s eligible for free agency this winter.

Here’s more from across the NFC:

  • With the Panthers three wins away from a 16-0 season, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer takes a look back at GM Dave Gettleman‘s time with the franchise, examining both his good and bad moves since taking over the job.
  • Byron Maxwell‘s deal with the Eagles may have looked like a $63MM mistake earlier in the season, but the cornerback has played well in recent weeks, and is beginning to justify the club’s investment in him, says Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News.
  • With multiple players trying new positions this season, Washington has gone mad scientist on its roster, and so far many of the team’s experiments have worked out, writes Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post.
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    • Luke Adams

      I’m curious about that myself. I don’t think he’ll get franchised again, so if he and the Giants don’t work something out before free agency opens, it’d be pretty interesting to see what kind of offers he’ll get. I expect the Giants will prefer a shorter-term deal heavy on incentives, similar to the one he got this year (maybe up to $10MMish for a year), but if he hits the open market, there may be teams desperate for a pass rusher willing to go higher than that.


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