Jason Pierre-Paul’s Hidden Talent

October 12th, 2021


While Lavonte David may be the heart and soul of the Bucs defense, it is Jason Pierre-Paul who is the spirit.

What does Joe mean by that? Well, David is the rock, the anchor. He does everything so well play after play after play. When David is on the field, you can bank that every snap he will play nearly as perfect as can be: speed, recognition, disengage, tackle, pursuit. He does it all.

But it is JPP who gets the heart pumping.

First, JPP has sick street cred. Mad respect from his teammates. Just look at what the guy has overcome and he still plays at a high level. He brings so much passion and joy to the field, a big-time motor that is infectious.

And when his teammates need a come-to-Jesus moment, JPP is often the one to deliver the good word.

No less of an authority than Bucs Super Bowl-winning coach Bucco Bruce Arians said this when asked about JPP’s game Sunday against Miami.

JPP is playing with a club on his right hand again because he has a broken finger. And Arians thinks JPP missed a couple of sacks because he couldn’t pull Miami quarterback Jacoby Brissett down because that club affected his grip.

“But man, he brings that energy that we always miss,” Arians said.

And that right there explains JPP’s hidden value. That passion of his and his drive rubs off on teammates and you just cannot measure it.

14 Responses to “Jason Pierre-Paul’s Hidden Talent”

  1. SB Says:

    Passion can’t be taught.

  2. Casual Observer Says:

    AB is similarly electric on the O team.

  3. Bird Says:

    Casual observer

    Yup. Love AB ‘s intensity
    After every catch he extends arm …drops ball and then says LFG

  4. Rayjay1122 Says:

    I still can’t figure out how such a beastly talent wound up at USF. Well I guess they did used to be somewhat relevant back then.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Rayjay it’s called the SATs.

  6. Adrnagy Says:

    So per bruce … theres 2 teams. Or at least 2 defense. One with JPP that will hold teams to 17pt under and be dependable. And the other with out JPP that gives up 30 pts 400yds a game. ?

    Head coach needs to get up the golf car and jump start the energy

  7. Buc4evr Says:

    JPP talks the talk and walks the walk. Legit.
    Btw, any word on Winfield?

  8. Listnfrmafar Says:

    How can this D struggle such with ALL this talent. All these guys have a unique skillset. Get it together men and finish what you started last season.

  9. Robert Says:

    AB is all over everyone on the sidelines cranking them up. JPP is on the field as well. The rook seems to be coming along nicely too!

  10. SlyPirate Says:

    Love JPP.

    I think they could rest him until after the bye.

    Heal up for the final push.

  11. Buc king Says:

    Hope he has a better showing on the eagle

  12. Ash Says:

    I love jpp’s passion but put jts out there more jpp can not tackle with that club on his hand we are having a hard enough time with people who have full use of both their hands trying to tackle there is no need to rush a clubbed hand jpp out there for that many snaps

  13. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    Just how bad is Bucs defense?
    The Bucs are 13-1, since the bye, last year? (I think)
    Other teams would love to have this problem.

  14. Hodad Says:

    Passion, spirit, blah, blah. His play was less than stellar last week. The guy is banged up, and shouldn’t be on the field if he can’t get a sack, because his hand is clubbed. He can’t cover backs out of the back field, and if a pass comes his way won’t be able to catch it. He could swing his club and bat it in the air I suppose. JPP is a warrior, all those things, but his play is slipping as the clock ticks on his career. One of these games we’ll need more than a cheerleader out there. We’ll need a player to make a play. JPP is no longer that player, at least until he can function at 90%.