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RoanokeFan
05-13-2013, 07:46 AM
http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2013/05/giants_justin_pugh_ready_willi.html

Excerpt:"The change is as subtle as putting his left hand down in the three-point stance instead of his right. It’s also as dramatic as moving from the left side of the offensive line to the right, from protecting the quarterback’s blind side to be the focal point of the running game.

Giants first-round pick Justin Pugh, a three-year starter at left tackle for Syracuse, has been switched to right tackle. He’s playing the position for the first time in his career, save for a few practice reps here and there.

The Giants view Pugh as the heir apparent to 11-year veteran David Diehl and as an infusion of youth on an aging and ailing offensive line. He could be in the lineup sooner rather than later with Diehl coming off a down season and accepting a pay cut to return. He also had offseason knee surgery.
In addition, current backup James Brewer is unproven.

During the Giants’ just-concluded two-day rookie minicamp over the weekend, Pugh settled into his new position, showing athleticism and a mean streak. He wears his 6-4, 301-pound frame well.

"At first, when I first did it at the end of the season," Pugh said when asked if he felt awkward on the right side. "But I’ve been working on my right tackle stance. It feels a lot better now. I just need to keep getting more and more live reps and it’ll get easier.

"The whole thing is protect the inside. Before, I was right hand, right foot and now it’s just left hand, left foot. So it’s just getting used to that and just feeling more comfortable in that stance. It’s something that I feel really comfortable with now and just need to keep building on it over the summer." Read more...

Toadofsteel
05-13-2013, 09:19 AM
Good sign! And honestly, his pass protection skills will be a MASSIVE improvement over Diehl, even if he doesn't immediately impact the running game.

giantscolombia
05-13-2013, 09:46 AM
Anything will be better than Diehl.
Diehl can give him good veteran mentorship...

giantscolombia
05-13-2013, 09:49 AM
hopefully Croatia doesnt play anymore...

GameTime
05-13-2013, 10:13 AM
if he is better he should play......

giantscolombia
05-13-2013, 10:43 AM
if he is better he should play......
Do you think it will happen?
Considering our "tactics" to sit our rookies...

RoanokeFan
05-13-2013, 10:49 AM
if he is better he should play...... +1

ashleymarie
05-13-2013, 11:02 AM
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Diehl can give him good veteran mentorship...

Diehl has much football knowledge gained from experience and hard knocks. He should be a handy one to have mentoring and showing how.

fansince69
05-13-2013, 11:07 AM
Diehl has much football knowledge gained from experience and hard knocks. He should be a handy one to have mentoring and showing how.if he is willing....I do not know many people that help someone take their job....sports or in real life....its just human nature to not want to help the competition

RoanokeFan
05-13-2013, 11:19 AM
if he is willing....I do not know many people that help someone take their job....sports or in real life....its just human nature to not want to help the competition Diehl is at the end of his career, giving advice to a new player would seem to be something he is more than willing to do

fansince69
05-13-2013, 11:25 AM
Diehl is at the end of his career, giving advice to a new player would seem to be something he is more than willing to dowe as fans and probably everyone in the world know that.....the question is does Diehl think he's at the end or is he going to do what he can to hold on as long as he can....If you just think he is going to roll over and give up his job and lively hood I think you are misjudging him as a person and a competitor

RoanokeFan
05-13-2013, 11:49 AM
we as fans and probably everyone in the world know that.....the question is does Diehl think he's at the end or is he going to do what he can to hold on as long as he can....If you just think he is going to roll over and give up his job and lively hood I think you are misjudging him as a person and a competitor

He sliced his contract by some two thirds. I would say that he knows he's at the end of his career. If he hadn't re-done is contract, he would have been released in all likelihood. He still has value as a rotational player and mentor.

He's well liked inside the organization and I think he'll gladly earn his last $1M however they ask him to.

nygpolishpunk
05-13-2013, 11:56 AM
IMHO Diehl wants to retire a Giant and will do whatever it takes to make that happen, including helping Pugh.

On a side note, the more I hear Pugh speak, the more impressed I get. He's a smart well spoken kid and that is extremely important on the OL.