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New York Giants OT Justin Pugh Eager to See Live Action; Ready to Face Indianapolis Colts

August 15th, 2013 at 6:30 AM
By Doug Rush

A lot of people are very anxious to see what Justin Pugh can do for the New York Giants on the offensive line this season, especially considering he was the team's first-round draft pick out of the University of Syracuse back in the 2013 NFL Draft this past April.

Originally brought into camp to compete for the starting right tackle spot and challenge long-time veteran David Diehl, Pugh's progress was side-tracked almost two weeks ago when he suffered a concussion and was sidelined for about 10 days, giving Diehl a leg up on the competition for that final spot.

Pugh missed the team's first preseason game this past Saturday against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field, but he returned to practice for the Giants on Monday and is expected to play for the team this coming Sunday when they play in their second preseason game of the summer against the Indianapolis Colts.

With the game against the Colts the first live action he'll see against opposing competition in the NFL, and with Pugh's family traveling from Holland, Pennsylvania, a suburb outside of Philadelphia, to come see him play in New Jersey; something he told Dave Hutchinson of the Newark-Star Ledger that he's extremely excited for on Sunday.

“It’s huge,” he said of getting a taste of his first live action. “To get out there and play against real live competition will be good. You can do things (in a live game) you can’t do on the practice field. Getting those reps are going to be crucial.”

One of the many eager parties who want to see Pugh on the field for the Giants is one of the main guys who was a part of selecting him back in April's NFL Draft is Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, who wants to see how his rookie fares against the Colts.

"He's athletic. He's done a lot of good things," Coughlin said. "I'm anxious to see him play against somebody else and then evaluate how he does."

This past week in practice, the Giants have been using Pugh as the team's backup left tackle and grooming him to be their swing tackle who can play at both left and right tackle on the team. He also played at guard at Syracuse and could eventually be shifted to guard in the future if needed.

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Tags: David Diehl, Football, Justin Pugh, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Tom Coughlin

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5 Responses to “New York Giants OT Justin Pugh Eager to See Live Action; Ready to Face Indianapolis Colts”

  1.  fanfor55years says:

    If all he becomes this season is this year’s Locklear (swing tackle) that is a failure. He needs to start somewhere on the line by around Week 5-6 if not sooner. First round offensive linemen should play, not sit and learn.

    •  jfunk says:

      I think he winds up starting at RT and being the primary backup at LT (with Diehl coming off the bench at RT).

      I think all the Diehl haters should rest easy. The fact that the Giants are wasting practice reps on Pugh at a position they pray he never has to play means they are just as aware as the rest of us that Diehl is done. It would have been much easier for them to just pencil Diehl in as the backup LT.

    •  rlhjr says:

      That’s a point well taken. Another interesting take on this draft is the fact that (IMHO) Moore and Hankins seem to me more than able to play against Dallas in September.

      I said toward the end of last year that JR needed to come through with not just good draft picks this year. He needed to come up with players who could contribute in not start in their first year.

      So far Damontre Moore and John Hankins fit the bill. They may not start due to the experience of players already here. However, if those players were not on the Giants roster, these two kids would be playing from game 1 to 16.
      Now if Pugh does what he is supposed to do as a first rounder, JR will be looking pretty damn good.

      The tricky bit is he’ll have to duplicate his effort in next year’s draft. If Moore, Hankins and Pugh play and play well this year and Reese comes up with a MIKE, a DB, and another OL next year who are ready to contribute, then Reese has to be considered as the answer to the question; “Who’s you’re Daddy”

  2.  Krow says:

    To be honest I have every confidence that this kid can play. I’m only worried that the Giants historic reluctance to trust rookies may make Mr. Turnstile the ROT well into the season.

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