Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

'Talk Is Cheap' Says Jpp

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

'Talk Is Cheap' Says Jpp

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EAST RUTHERFORD -- Jason Pierre-Paul stood in front of his locker with essentially nothing left to say Friday afternoon. Well, very little the Giants' star defensive end was willing to share with reporters and two television cameras ready for the latest salvo.

The Giants and Eagles have been talking smack back and forth all week, but that's just a silly, somewhat entertaining and completely unnecessary part of the business as both teams prepare for their NFC East showdown in Philadelphia on Sunday night.

Then Eagles center Jason Kelce went and made things personal Friday morning.

Kelce, who is injured and not expected to play against the Giants, took shots at Pierre-Paul and Tom Coughlin in response to Pierre-Paul's comment Thursday that the Eagles were 4-1, "but they could have easily been 0-4."

"Well my response to that is, I don't think Jason Pierre-Paul is smart enough to come up with that statement on his own," Kelce said in a radio interview with WIP-AM. "I think he's the type of guy that just reiterates what his coaches have been telling him. So, I'm a little worried about Tom Coughlin's math because I feel like maybe that's where it was screwed up. Maybe it was just relayed to him."

Kelce's remarks were met with laughter in the Giants' locker room after practice Friday. While Coughlin jokingly inquired how Kelce obtained his academic record, a smiling Pierre-Paul stepped to the forefront and repeated a favorite line from his head coach: "Talk is cheap, play the game."

He paused before adding: "And we don't like Philly."

Despite all the laughter, one Giants player was asked if Pierre- Paul was the last one on the team he'd suggest getting personal with because of the motivation it may provide for such a big game.

"No comment," the player said, flashing a Cheshire Cat grin.

A week of banter that started with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Prince Amukamara posing with a Giants fan wearing a jersey that mocked the Eagles for having zero Super Bowl wins concluded with the Eagles' team Twitter page posting an animated video mocking Eli Manning, suggesting he should be scared of the Philadelphia defense the way children are afraid of haunting ghosts. …

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