Batted passes: More evidence that Jason Pierre-Paul is awesome

Back in January, at the end of the 2011 regular season, I named Jason Pierre-Paul the NFC East Defensive Player of the Year, edging out DeMarcus Ware on the strength of his ability to not only rush the passer, but also excel in the run game and special teams.  JPP has since commented that my recognition of his awesomeness was more satisfying than winning the Super Bowl.  OK, so that didn’t really happen.

What I didn’t realize at the time was how many passes JPP batted down at the line of scrimmage.  According to Pro Football Focus, he had TEN.  That was more than the entire Eagles defense had last season.  Batted passes are obviously something the Giants place a high value on, as they blew away the rest of the NFC East in that statistic:

Team Batted passes
Giants 29
Redskins 15
Cowboys 13
Eagles 9

In fact, 5 of the 11 players in the NFC East that had at least 3 or more batted passes were Giants, and a 6th, Barry Cofield, used to be.

Player Team Batted passes
Jason Pierre-Paul Giants 10
Barry Cofield Redskins 7
Linval Joseph Giants 4
Rocky Bernard Giants 4
Brian Orakpo Redskins 4
Chris Canty Giants 3
Justin Tuck Giants 3
Jay Ratliff Cowboys 3
Kenyon Coleman Cowboys 3
DeMarcus Ware Cowboys 3
Juqua Parker Eagles 3

Batted passes are a very overlooked statistic.  They end drives and can lead to interceptions if you get the right deflection.  The Giants were good for about 2 of them per game last season.   The Giants’ starting front four are Justin Tuck (6’5), Jason Pierre-Paul (6’5), Chris Canty (6’7), and Linval Joseph (a puny 6’4).  For good measure, they also have the tallest set of linebackers in the NFL.  The Giants are going to get their share of batted passes simply on their height alone, but 10 batted passes for one player, no matter how tall he is, is just ridiculous.  As Cris Collinsworth said, JPP is all arms and legs coming at you, like an octopus.


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  4. Immynimmy says:

    Hey Jimmy, I remember last year when you attended training camp that Juan Castillo was stressing batted passes…what ever happened to that?

    1. Free Plax says:

      Could be a combination of the Wide 9 and the Eagles D line is not that tall.

    2. brisulph says:

      Partial luck plays in to a degree as well (a certain amount of +/-).

    3. I think that was 2010 under McDermott, not last year, but I’m not sure.

  5. Trueblue63 says:

    Nice pick up. Never realized they had so many. I like anything that forces a QB to adjust.

  6. says:

    I don’t like it when players I enjoy to watch play are on a division rival’s team.

  7. Free Plax says:

    In the words of the great Tom Brady “It’s like throwing through a freaking forest”

  8. brisulph says:

    I hated that pick when they took him… never been so happy to be more wrong in my life.

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