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Jerry Reese: Strahan could help JPP, David Wilson can be 'lead dog'

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New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese had some interesting things to say Thursday during an appearance on WFAN radio.

Jason Pierre-Paul
Jason Pierre-Paul

Like New York Giants' head coach Tom Coughlin, general manager Jerry Reese had plenty of time on Thursday to have a lengthy visit with Mike Francesa on WFAN radio. The most interesting things Reese had to say were about defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and running back David Wilson.

After watching Pierre-Paul's sack production drop from 16.5 in 2011 to 6.5 in 2012, Reese said he will reach out to former Giants great Michael Strahan in hopes of getting Strahan to talk with Pierre-Paul about dealing with the increased attention he gets from opposing blockers.

"The great ones still get through there and make plays and he's gotta do that," Reese said. "It's inside your chest, a lot of it. You've gotta have the heart to do it and I think he does. But I think if he hears from somebody like Michael Strahan that will really encourage him."

Of Wilson, Reese said there is "no question" the 2012 first-round pick can be a featured back.

"Do I think he can be the lead dog? I do think that," Reese said. "He's not a little guy and he has incredible balance. He's much stronger than you might think."


Reese said that if Terrell Thomas, who has now had three ACL surgeries, is healthy enough to attempt a comeback next season it would likely have to be as a safety. "That's something we'll look at," Reese said.