With first-round pick Justin Pugh now under contract and in attendance for his first training camp with the New York Giants, the pressure would appear to be squarely on the shoulders of veteran offensive lineman David Diehl, who has been thrust into a battle for his starting job. Or so you would have thought. But while speaking to the media on Monday, offensive line coach Pat Flaherty said, emphatically, that Diehl is his starting right tackle.
That, of course, is not to say Pugh couldn't outplay him and win the job later on in preseason, but out of the gate, it would appear Diehl has the inside edge. And, as he's said in the not too distant past, he's not ready to give up his job, and fully intends to battle it out with the rookie.
“That is part of being in the NFL – it is about competition and competing,” Diehl said in late April. “There are always going to be new guys coming in. It definitely does bring competition and that does nothing but help your football team win games.”
Meanwhile, Pugh is just happy to be at camp, admitting that during the last few days of the contract negotiation he was "sweating it out."
So far, he's worked exclusively at right tackle, but expects to get some work at guard in the near future.
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