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Justin Pugh | Tackle

Team: New York Giants
Age / DOB:  (24) / 8/15/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 301
College: Syracuse
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Giants RT Justin Pugh has added 10 pounds of muscle this offseason.
Pugh is also fully recovered from his thumb operation. "I feel very good," Pugh said. "I'm stronger than ever." Coming off a strong rookie season, Pugh could end up on Eli Manning's blindside depending on Will Beatty's (leg) health, but for now remains best penciled in at right tackle. Apr 24 - 9:51 PM

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Giants RT Justin Pugh underwent thumb surgery Monday.

Neither the Giants nor Pugh ever mentioned any injuries during the season, but Pugh tweeted on Monday that he had a procedure on the thumb. The 19th overall pick in last April's draft started all 16 games for the G-Men and is going to be a major piece of the 2014 offensive line. Pugh will be ready for camp.
Jan 21 - 9:40 AM

Giants coach Tom Coughlin wants RT Justin Pugh to add 10-12 pounds this offseason.

Pugh measured 6-foot-4 1/2, 307 at last February's Scouting Combine. After a rough beginning to his rookie year, Pugh righted the ship and performed far better down the stretch, particularly as a run blocker. Coughlin indicated the Giants could try Pugh at left tackle in 2014, where Will Beatty was a major 2013 disappointment and is now recovering from a fractured right leg.
Jan 3 - 2:29 PM

A source tells FOX Sports that the Giants plan to insert Justin Pugh at right tackle and Kevin Boothe at center in place of David Baas (knee).

Baas is out 2-4 weeks with an MCL sprain, sending the Giants' line into scramble mode. It looks like they'll kick David Diehl to left guard, entering Pugh at the right tackle spot where he's been practicing. Saturday's preseason game against the Jets will be a good chance for Pugh to show he can handle the gig.
Tue, Aug 20, 2013 11:49:00 AM

Giants first-round OL Justin Pugh has been medically cleared from his concussion.

He'll resume pushing David Diehl at right tackle. The Giants have surprisingly not used Pugh at other positions despite his guard-like skills. He suffered the concussion ten days ago. Pugh's chances of starting seem slim.
Sun, Aug 11, 2013 04:15:00 PM

Giants first-round pick Justin Pugh is experiencing headaches after suffering a concussion in Thursday's training camp practice.

There's been talk in New York that Pugh might fail to land a starting job before Week 1, and the concussion makes that possibility increasingly likely. Look for David Diehl to keep his right tackle position, with Kevin Boothe at left guard. RG Chris Snee, C David Baas, and LT Will Beatty are the other starters.
Fri, Aug 2, 2013 03:42:00 PM

Giants signed No. 19 overall pick G/T Justin Pugh to a four-year contract.

The Giants get their first-rounder under contract one day before camp opens. Pugh is expected to immediately compete with David Diehl for the starting right tackle job, but he can also help at guard and played left tackle at Syracuse, where he allowed just a half-sack of Ryan Nassib in 2012.
Thu, Jul 25, 2013 12:17:00 PM

Giants OC Kevin Gilbride confirmed first-round pick Justin Pugh is "in the mix" for the starting right tackle job.

Pugh worked exclusively at right tackle during spring practices and is competing with David Diehl to be the Week 1 starter. "There's no question, we needed an infusion of talent at that spot -– young talent to come in and assume starting roles," Gilbride said. "How soon that will be remains to be seen."
Sat, Jul 13, 2013 08:43:00 PM

Giants first-rounder Justin Pugh exclusively worked at right tackle during spring practices.

There's been talk that Pugh will help at guard, but the Giants want him to get one position down first. No matter where he lines up, the G-Men are going to have one of the league's best offensive lines -- especially in run blocking. Will Beatty, David Baas, Chris Snee, Kevin Boothe, and David Diehl are all back.
Wed, Jun 26, 2013 11:19:00 AM

Giants first-round pick Justin Pugh is lining up at right tackle at rookie minicamp practices.

Pugh was a left tackle at Syracuse, but he's going to play the right side or guard in the pros. Keep in mind this was only a rookie camp. Pugh could wind up pushing Kevin Boothe for the left guard job if James Brewer is up to the task of replacing David Diehl. Pugh has short arms for a tackle at 32 inches.
Fri, May 10, 2013 06:10:00 PM

Giants first-round OL Justin Pugh says his "whole objective" is to make his opponent quit.

"I want to have the guy I’m going up against quit the game and check out," Pugh said. The Giants have praised Pugh as a "clean" prospect because of the soundness of his game, but also like his "mean streak." A left tackle for Syracuse, Pugh will probably hold down one of the G-Men's guard spots as a rookie. His short 32-inch arms make it unlikely he'll ever stick at tackle in the NFL.
Fri, May 10, 2013 08:22:00 AM

Giants GM Jerry Reese insists he isn't worried about No. 19 pick OL Justin Pugh 32-inch arms, and that he never saw them "come into play" on film.

Reese said he searched for an "excuse to downgrade" Pugh, but couldn't find one. Pugh's arms have him projected as an interior lineman in most quarters, but Reese seems to believe he could make an immediate impact at right tackle. OT Riley Reiff's 33 1/4" arms were considered a liability when he was drafted No. 23 by the Lions last year, and he's already well on his way to sticking at guard.
Fri, Apr 26, 2013 02:31:00 PM

GM Jerry Reese insists No. 19 pick OL Justin Pugh was the highest-rated player on the Giants' board.

"He was the highest guy on our board," Reese said. "You guys think I’m joking when I say that, but it’s absolutely true." Pugh was a left tackle in the Big East, but will likely be an interior lineman for the G-Men thanks to his short 32-inch arms. He'll also be a possibility at right tackle. It will be interesting to see where Pugh lines up in OTAs.
Fri, Apr 26, 2013 08:14:00 AM

Giants selected Syracuse OL Justin Pugh with the No. 19 overall pick.

Pugh (6-foot-4 1/2, 307) made 34 starts at Syracuse, mostly at left tackle. An athletic technician, Pugh is being projected to guard or even center by NFL teams due to stubby 32-inch arms. In March, NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah compared Pugh to "a better version of Andy Levitre." Levitre played left tackle at Oregon State and has grown into one of the NFL's top left guards. In 2012, Pugh permitted just a half-sack of Ryan Nassib and otherwise didn't allow a single hurry. The Giants could slot Pugh in at left guard ahead of Kevin Boothe or right tackle over David Diehl. They'll likely figure it out in training camp.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 10:22:00 PM

The Bears put Syracuse OL Justin Pugh through a private workout over the weekend.

Their interest could be real, or it could be a smokescreen less than a week before the draft. A left tackle in college, Pugh is being projected by most teams as a guard or even center. Pugh is athletic and was a strong pass protector in the Big East. The Bears are going to pass a lot under new coach Marc Trestman.
Mon, Apr 22, 2013 09:58:00 PM

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