Pierre-Paul returns with flair
Eduardo Encina, Tampa Bay Times, published 28 October 2019

Jason Pierre-Paul returned Sunday from a serious neck injury sustained less than six months ago and left his teammates in awe. On Pierre-Paul's first play from scrimmage — the Bucs' second defensive play of the game — he registered his first sack of the season, bringing down Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

Pierre-Paul logged four tackles, three for a loss, and helped the Bucs hold another running back under 100 yards. He had tackles on Titans running back Derrick Henry of minus-2 and minus-1 yards. The Bucs, who entered the day leading the league in rush defense, held Henry to 75 yards rushing.

"That was amazing," outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett said. "You saw him in the run game, the pass game. He was back like he never left, and we needed it. We are going to continue to need it the rest of the year. Happy to have him back."

Given the fact that Pierre-Paul had been practicing for less than two weeks, Bucs coach Bruce Arians wanted to limit his snaps. Pierre-Paul wanted more. "I kept asking him, 'Are you playing too much?'" Arians said. "He said, 'No, I'm not playing enough.' I was like, 'Wow.' It's amazing what he did early and it's great to have him back out there."

"I feel like I could have been out there even more, but to each his own," Pierre-Paul said. "I've got to wait my turn. Hopefully next week is a whole different week. Learn more plays, and I'll be out there. I should be out there next week."