Jason Pierre-Paul walks back Giants beef after strong day

Jason Pierre-Paul insisted it was nothing personal.

Nothing personal toward Eli Manning, his former Giants teammate, against whom he was in on two sacks Sunday. Nor was it personal toward Giants co-owner John Mara, whom JPP claimed never reached out to him after he was traded to the Buccaneers.

Pierre-Paul, the former Giants defensive lineman of eight years, insisted during the lead-up to Sunday’s game at MetLife Stadium that he had this date circled on his calendar since the day he was traded and that he was planning on “bringing the house down.’’

By day’s end, Pierre-Paul did his part, recording 1.5 sacks of Manning and making seven tackles against his former team. But it wasn’t enough in a 38-35 Giants win.

When asked after the game by The Post about the text that the Giants say Mara sent him wishing him well after the trade, Pierre-Paul said, “I never received a text. No hard feelings, though. I didn’t say that to make it a big issue.’’

Pierre-Paul, who how has 9.5 sacks this season for Tampa Bay, said he saw Giants co-owner Steve Tisch and briefly visited with him before the game, but he didn’t see Mara.

“There’s no hard feelings with the Giants at all,’’ he said. “At the end of the day, it’s a business. Everything all went well. I can’t complain. Everything is going in the right direction for me.’’

Pierre-Paul’s highlight of the game came when he sacked Manning for an 8-yard loss in the second quarter and helped him up off the turf.

“I was just telling him, ‘Get up. Stop falling,’ ’’ Pierre-Paul said. “I was just helping him up because he’s my old teammate. I ain’t trying to hurt him.’’

Manning and Pierre-Paul visited with each other briefly after the game.

“I saw him afterwards and he let me know that he got me a few times,’’ Manning said. “He went easy on me, didn’t give me an extra push into the ground or an extra hit. I have a lot of respect for JPP. He was a great teammate and is playing at a high level this year. He’s one of the good guys in the NFL.’’

Pierre-Paul said, “I was just doing my job. I was having fun with it. Eli knows that.

“I just wanted to win this game and make it extra special for me. But we fell short.’’

No hard feelings.

Pierre-Paul said he heard a lot of Giants fans chanting his name.

“I guess they were excited to see me and I was excited to see them, too,’’ he said. “But I’m a Buc. It’s football. It’s a business. But … coming back here there were a lot of memories for me, and a lot of people I touched.’’

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