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New York Giants First-Round Pick Justin Pugh Starts Rookie Camp at Right Tackle

May 12th, 2013 at 8:30 AM
By Casey Sherman

The New York Giants made offensive lineman Justin Pugh (Syracuse) they're selection in the first round of April's NFL Draft. Because of his versatility and ability to play multiple positions, there are question marks regarding where on the offensive front he will wind up playing.

The Giants drafted Pugh with the belief that he could play tackle, guard or even center, but if the first couple days of rookie camp is any clue as to where he'll see time this season, then it will be at right tackle, where he spent both practices.

Pugh will join a competition between veteran David Diehl and youngster James Brewer. If Pugh impresses enough he could get a chance to start over both of them.

During his time at Syracuse he protected quarterback, and Giants' fourth-round pick, Ryan Nassib at the left tackle position. Pugh said once the season ended he began training as a right tackle to help his draft stock.

"I have been working on my right tackle stance ever since then so it feels a lot better now," Pugh said. "And just keep getting more and more reps, keep getting live reps against guys and as it gets better, it will get easier.

"I played some right [tackle] when I was in practice but never in a game," he added. "When I got to the Senior Bowl, played a little right guard, right tackle, so I got more and more comfortable. I played right guard in high school. But I am comfortable with the right side."

We will have a better idea of what kind of progress Pugh is making once teams are allowed practices with full contact.

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Tags: David Diehl, Football, James Brewer, Justin Pugh, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Ryan Nassib

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7 Responses to “New York Giants First-Round Pick Justin Pugh Starts Rookie Camp at Right Tackle”

  1.  James Stoll says:

    Go get ‘em Pugh

  2.  giankees says:

    This new cap era where a few superstars make money and everyone has to deal with the scraps a guy that can start anywhere on the line is valuable. Gives us a ton of veesatility in 2014 and beyond. He could be right tackle today then he could be be used whereever it saves us the most money going forward

    •  Dan Peterson says:

      Definitely. A guy on a rookie deal on the offensive line if fiscally smart, especially if he’s starter quality.

  3.  kujo says:

    Inb4 Demo attempts to wiggle out of the bet he made with me.

  4.  Samardzija says:

    RT is probably the best position for him..

  5.  rlhjr says:

    Not a brute like the Alabama youngster, but hardworking, smart and tenacious enough to drive his man nuts. Based on need ROT is fine by me.
    Wonder if that lights a fire under Brewers rear?

  6.  CT GIANT says:

    rlhjr: Have not heard if the 6’6 330lbs of Brewer might play another spot?
    As a big man, he fits at RT, but I wonder how Reese and Coughlin see him, maybe a RG? This is his 3rd year, he will have to make some noise, but Reese rarely cuts someone early, if he still believes in him.
    CT GIANT

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