During film sessions on Wednesday, and during the early defensive stands of Thursday's blowout win over the Redskins, there was one player repeatedly pulling his teammates aside to inform them of Kirk Cousins' penchant to telegraph passes.

Jason Pierre-Paul was not previously viewed by his teammates as a mainstay in the film room. But over the last week, he began picking up on some of Cousins' mannerisms and couldn't help himself.

"JPP even saw it, he told us that (Cousins) was staring down his receivers," Prince Amukamara said on Thursday night, delivering a bittersweet complement.

For Mathias Kiwanuka, it represented a benchmark in Pierre-Paul's growth process. The 25-year-old defensive end had a way of scaring the Giants a bit in terms of his maturity over the years, especially when he entered this offseason with a loaded rehab regiment on his shoulders.

"He studies the game a lot, and that's what he was saying in the (pre-game) meetings," Kiwanuka said. "The opportunities for interceptions are there, he's staring down his receivers. Whether or not the defensive backs took that to heart, I don't know."

Let's assume that, after four interceptions and a coverage-related strip sack by Kiwanuka, the secondary did take Pierre-Paul's words seriously. It was their best defensive performance in two years.

It was a moment that was a little humbling for Kiwanuka, who has been there for all of Pierre-Paul's growing pains. He's seen the looks Pierre-Paul got from his coaches, and he knew the kind of player Pierre-Paul would eventually turn out to be.