Jason Pierre-Paul did it again in his favorite stadium

CLEVELAND — Jason Pierre-Paul must like FirstEnergy Stadium.

Monday night, he had a first-quarter interception, plucking out of the air a Brock Osweiler pass deflected by Olivier Vernon. Last season, JPP was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his superlative game (three sacks, fumble return for a touchdown) in the same venue.

For the second straight game, the Giants’ starting defense was unyielding. The only points given up in the Giants’ 10-6 preseason loss came after Sterling Shepard, following a catch, had the ball ripped out of his grasp by Jason McCourty. With the Browns in possession of the ball on the Giants’ 28-yard line, a missed tackle by linebacker B.J. Goodson on tight end Danny Vitale’s 16-yard catch-and-run set up quarterback DeShone Kizer’s 1-yard touchdown run.

All the Giants stood at attention during the singing of the national anthem. More than a dozen Browns players either took a knee — including Jamie Collins, Kenny Britt, Duke Johnson and Ricardo Lewis — or stood and put their hands on the shoulders of their kneeling teammates. It was the largest anthem protest thus far in the NFL.

At halftime, the Browns released a statement:

“As an organization, we have a profound respect for our country’s National Anthem, flag and the servicemen and servicewomen in the United States and abroad. We feel it’s important for our team to join in this great tradition and special moment of recognition, at the same time we also respect the great liberties afforded by our country, including the freedom of personal expression.”

Geno Smith again showed a propensity for the big mistake. On third down on the Browns 4-yard line, Smith tried to force the ball into Roger Lewis and was intercepted by CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun. … Rookie Wayne Gallman lost a fumble in the fourth quarter. … CB Michael Hunter sustained a concussion. … WR Tavarres King re-injured his right ankle. … CB Donte Deayon, in a battle for a roster spot, showed great anticipation on a lunging interception of DeShone Kizer, but the turnover was nullified when rookie CB Nigel Tribune was called for defensive holding. … CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie played some deep safety in the first quarter. … A nice pickup on a draw play for Gallman was called back by a holding penalty on TE Matt LaCosse.

Rookie K Aldrick Rosas maintained his lead in the kicking derby. He drilled a line-drive 47-yard field goal in the third quarter. Veteran Mike Nugent hit a 38-yarder in the second quarter.

Players with any sort of injury or ailment were held out. The following Giants did not play: WR Dwayne Harris, RB Shaun Draughn, LB Mark Herzlich, LB J.T. Thomas, LB Keenan Robinson, G Adam Gettis and WR Darius Powe. CB Eli Apple was not listed as out before the game but he has been dealing with an ankle issue and was not in uniform.

OL Michael Bowie did not make the trip after the Giants learned he was charged with one count of domestic assault and battery and two counts of malicious injury or destruction of property after allegedly attacking his girlfriend in Oklahoma. Bowie, a long shot to make the Giants roster, turned himself in Monday to the Tulsa County Courthouse.

Source: http://nypost.com/2017/08/22/jason-pierre-paul-did-it-again-in-his-favorite-stadium/

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