JPP Hits Stride As Season Ends

December 27th, 2019

Talks JPP.

Last week Bucs outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul was on fire. He had three sacks against Houston.

JPP hadn’t had three sacks in a game since October of 2017 when he played for the Giants. JPP’s three sacks tied a personal record for sacks in a game. He’s done it now three times.

And to hear Bucs defensive coach Todd Bowles yesterday, JPP is finally where he should be physically after starting the season in late October due to his fractured neck.

“That’s a credit to him. He’s an extremely hard worker,” Bowles said of JPP’s breakout game. “He’s a prideful guy and in his mind – and the mind you’ve got to have in football – there’s nothing he can’t accomplish, which is a great thing to do. I think that carries over for a lot of the guys.

“To see him get three sacks I think he’s just getting started. I think he’s finally healthy. He’s finally got his legs under him and his fundamentals and techniques have gotten cleaned up, so we’re just looking forward to him getting better this last game.”

Of course, JPP will be a free agent shortly. The Bucs did have him under contract for the 2020 season but the Bucs, in the wake of JPP fracturing his neck, reworked the deal. At the time, it looked smart.

Now? It sure seems the Bucs will have that reworked contract come back to bite them in the backside.

The Bucs need JPP back.

26 Responses to “JPP Hits Stride As Season Ends”

  1. 'daBUCisthis? Says:

    Imo this TEAM, we the fans need JPP back

  2. 813bucboi Says:

    he’ll get 4sacks vs the falcons…..

    defense didnt turn around until JPP returned and got into playing shape….

    gotta bring everyone back n defense….from SHAQ to minter….from JPP to ryan smith….

    consistency is key!!!!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!!!

  3. Rojas Says:

    They need to keep the defense together.. Shaq, JPP.. maybe Nassib if not he’s replaceable.. in the draft.

  4. Hodad Says:

    The defense turned around because they had more time together, and the travel, and schedule got easier as the season went on. JPP has played well, but saying he’s the reason our D got so much better is ignoring those other factors. My feeling is we need to draft his replacement. Only God knows what JPP might do to himself this off season. I wouldn’t break the bank bringing back a player who only shows up when it’s mandatory.

  5. No Risk It No Biscuit Says:

    Shaq needs to ups his game now to break the record.

    He has to get to the qb before JPP does!!!!!

    It should be fun watching the defense on Sunday. I’m also looking forward to Jameises 5000 yards passing. As long as we win I could careless about the 30 interceptions.

    Go Bucs!!!

    BTW Where is the Bucco Relisto?!?!(!?!?!?!?!?

  6. Buccernutter Says:

    Honestly, I think we need to bring JPP back more than Shaq or JW. Watching his pregame speeches get me more hype than anyone since Sapp.

  7. down in the dirt doug Says:

    How much is a player with a great work ethic and is an inspiration to the team worth—a lot.Pay the man asap!!!

  8. 813bucboi Says:

    well, folks can say what they think but the fact is shaq was getting contained and the secondary was getting torched until JPP came back…..

    teams couldnt double shaq and the pressure JPP provided helped the secondary…..

    nfc west has 3teams that could be in the playoffs….lol…take the west out and we only faced 2teams headed to the playoffs…saints and texans….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  9. Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:

    How many sacks does he have now?

  10. stpetebucsfan Says:

    This defense is starting to feel it and also seems to be bonding.

    I like the chemistry and think we should bring them all back.

    And now the emergence of yet another DB John Franklin who caught BA’s eye impersonating Desaun Jackson on the Scout team. Franklin is one of those super athletes who hasn’t found a position yet but has played QB…WR..and now DB.

  11. George Rauh Says:

    Joe Said:

    “Of course, JPP will be a free agent shortly. The Bucs did have him under contract for the 2020 season but the Bucs, in the wake of JPP fracturing his neck, reworked the deal. At the time, it looked smart.

    Now? It sure seems the Bucs will have that reworked contract come back to bite them in the backside.”

    That has been my point. When hurt everyone wanted to cut this guy. Why he wasn’t getting paid when he was out. Then they reworked his contract which was stupid. We had him under contract in 2020 for 12 million. What is it going to cost us now to re-sign him.

  12. Craig Says:

    I think this will be Shaq’s week. He will win both the franchise and league sack races.

    We need them both back. Teams can double team on or the other, then the one not doubled has to explode the offense.

    A long term replacement for Suh should come in the third or fourth round.

  13. Kobe Faker Says:

    “What a total failure by our financial adviser Jason Gump

    What was the emergency necessity to rework the contract?

    the savings was never used to sign a needed big FA

    They should have just played it out if he was going to play

    This is another example of Gump trying to outthink someone and attempting to be in front of the curve…LOL



    Kobe Faker

  14. Pick6 Says:

    The Bucs saved a few million this year, which I believe rolls over to the 2020 cap….so there is still a chance to save money. Personally I’m concerned whether this could be another Robert Ayers situation where the Bucs misjudge the decline from one season to the next, or perhaps it’s a Calais Campbell situation where the guy in his early 30s is the most consistent player and leader. Either way, draft an edge rusher very early in the draft

  15. adam from ny Says:

    sign the beast…he will have more sacks next year than shaq rabbit

  16. #1bucfan Says:

    I agree 813 you either gotta keep everyone or replace them with better options but I don’t think there are better options out there so keep them together an see if we can’t have the best defense up there with patriots next year. Exciting times in Tampa FINALLY. go Bucs

  17. LordCornelius Says:

    I think the secondary / Devin White all ascending in play was helped a bit by JPP but I think that was real change we were seeing regardless of JPP.

    JPP was back for 4 weeks before the Atlanta game where the defense and especially our corners + devin white came alive. JPP was in the games where the D was torched by Seattle and giving up some big plays to Arizona for example.

    But Davis/Dean/SMB to me visually were so much tighter in coverage for the Atlanta games forward, regardless of the pass rush. Just key’ing on them in coverage I could see them like glue on their guys and getting hands on balls.

    Hell Davis shut down arguably the best WR in the league last week. There were multiple plays Watson had time and couldn’t find anyone.

    My #1 concern for the team going into 2019 was the secondary & O-line.

    Right now my #1 concern, for the first time, is Jameis Winston going into 2020.

  18. Bucsfanman Says:

    JPP or Shaq? It’s a tough decision if you can only keep one.
    JPP IS the heart and soul of this defense. He has had the most impact on this team from a defensive mentality standpoint.

  19. JGar Says:

    No brainener, sign JPP. Not only for his talent but more importantly his leadership in the room.

  20. Billy_45 Says:

    It’s a good thing our mainly rookie DBs are coming alive because we have to pay JW, JPP, Shaq, SUH, and we should go ahead and lock up Godwin.

    That leaves a 2 year window until Davis wants a contract if he is that good etc.

    We have to continue to draft that well to sustain a run anyway, so I say we need JPPs replacement.

    Nassib can go because opposite Shaq he should have had his best year and didn’t.

    JPP benefited from Barrett being double teamed all game.

    We absolutely need to shed Brates contract.

  21. martinii Says:

    Really important to keep this defense together for another year. Would focus all the resources possible to that end. Still ambivalent about Jameis for all the reasons I have addressed in previous post. He is one of those players where passing yards, TD’s don’t equate to wins and turnovers are going to remain a constant with him.

  22. TOM Says:

    Re-up JPP. Keep the starting defense intact. Let Winsome take a long walk on a short peer. Not worth more than 20mil w/incentives. Maybe better yet slap the transition tag on him. Licht don’t far for his BS.

  23. Bobby M. Says:

    Licht is literally the king of bad luck. For every positive he produces, there’s two negatives to offset it. He’s literally the Jameis Winston of GMs….You see the guys like Godwin, Marpet, Vea, Davis, Dean, Shaq, Suh, Brate….all good finds, yet we still suck, we have cap issues and we somehow penalize ourselves for our own good finds. At some point he’s got to put it all together and produce a winner on the field. that’s his job….put a winning product on the field.

  24. lowercaseg Says:

    let winston walk, resign nassib, JPP, and Barrett

  25. unbelievable Says:

    “nfc west has 3teams that could be in the playoffs….lol…take the west out and we only faced 2teams headed to the playoffs…saints and texans….”

    So what? That is 6 of our total games this year. I doubt there are very many teams who have played more than that, besides the Cardinals.

  26. Buczilla Says:

    It’s a no-brainer to resign this dude.