Jason Pierre-Paul increases workload

Jason Pierre-Paul could be ready for the Giants' regular season opener in Dallas on Sept. 8. John Munson/USA TODAY Sports

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who was activated from the physically unable to perform list and practiced for the first time Monday, was back on the field Tuesday afternoon.

After just doing individual work Monday, Pierre-Paul took some 11-on-11 team reps on Tuesday and looked good, making it more likely he will be ready for the team's regular- season opener in Dallas on Sept. 8.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin said the trainers gave Pierre-Paul permission to do more. "He jumped in there, did a couple good things," Coughlin said.

In other news from Tuesday's practice:

• Coughlin stuck with the same revamped first-team offensive line he unveiled on Monday. Kevin Boothe remained at center and James Brewer at left guard, along with left tackle Will Beatty, right guard Chris Snee and right tackle Justin Pugh.

You can expect that to be the starting O-line on Thursday against the Patriots.

• On defense, Dan Connor continued to get the first-team reps at middle linebacker, over Mark Herzlich.

The starting secondary remained intact, with Ryan Mundy replacing the injured Stevie Brown at safety. But interestingly, when the Giants unveiled their first-team nickel unit, Terrell Thomas was the third cornerback alongside Prince Amukamara and Corey Webster, while Aaron Ross was on the second unit. The Giants are showing great confidence in Thomas, who's coming off a third ACL surgery.