Jason Pierre-Paul understands the expectations laid out for him.

The back surgery which took place on June 4 carried a 12-week recovery timetable. Theoretically he should be ready for the start of the season.

His general manager Jerry Reese said that the team was hopeful Pierre-Paul could go Week 1.

“JP’s on schedule. He’s looking good he’s running around a little bit" Reese said on WFAN. "He’s going to be out on the field a little more than usual as we move along. We expect him to hopefully be back ready to go for the Dallas game.”

But Pierre-Paul has felt the squeeze of a double-team at the line. He knows the toll the crushing blocks take on his body. The back post-surgery is sensitive enough. Coming back too soon could be detrimental.

So even though all eyes are on Dallas Pierre-Paul isn’t so quick to place a date on his return just yet.

“It's not important to me at all” Pierre-Paul said when asked about how crucial the Week 1 return date is on his rehab. “I already know that the d-line we have here is going to go out and get the job done. I'm very confident in Kiwi Tuck all of those guys getting the job done. That's all it takes. They don't really need me out there right now. I'm going to focus on my recovery. Everything will be alright.”

On the same day the Giants let two of their best players off the physically unable to perform (PUP) list – Chris Snee (hip) and Terrell Thomas (hamstring) – and saw others like Hakeem Nicks (groin) and Corey Webster (groin) return to the field they saw a defensive end not yet ready to come back.

Pierre-Paul according to a person familiar with the rehab has not encountered any setbacks. He is running a little and without much discomfort.

But while everyone around him remains hopeful – the Giants have been supportive of Pierre-Paul waiting until he’s fully healthy – Pierre-Paul is staying pragmatic.

"I'm going to have to get a couple of practices in before IF I decide to come back before the first game or whatever" Pierre-Paul said. "I say this knowing I'm already going to be taking on two guys a triple-team maybe I'm not in a rush to hurry and come back to put myself in that position."