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  • Giants' RT Justin Pugh Compares Favorably So Far To Chargers' DJ Fluker

    http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2...dj_fluker.html

    Excerpt: "On one side, there will be Giants rookie right tackle Justin Pugh, the 19th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft out of Syracuse. On the other side Sunday in San Diego, there will be D.J. Fluker, the 11th overall pick by the Chargers out of Alabama.

    They were the fourth and fifth offensive tackles selected in this year’s draft. To Pugh, the order in which they were selected doesn’t matter. The doubters, not his contemporaries, drive him.

    “It’s not more me competing against guys I know are good players and I played with at the Senior Bowl. They’re all good guys and I hope they do well, except when they are going against some of our guys,” Pugh said. “But I think the biggest thing I want to prove wrong are the people who said I couldn’t play tackle in the NFL, or the people who said I couldn’t do this or that, my arms are too short, I’m not big enough. I think that is what drives me.”

    Pugh’s 31½-inch arms were well documented prior to the draft. Most pundits thought with that limitation he was best suited to play guard.

    But the Syracuse product played left tackle in college. He wanted to play tackle in the pros. He relishes the opportunity to prove the critics wrong.

    “I want to prove that I can play tackle, I can play guard, I can play center if I need to,” Pugh said. “I want to be that versatile guy that I told the Giants why they should draft me.”

    The Giants have plugged Pugh in at right tackle. He’s started all 12 games and progressively improved. The transition hasn’t always been easy.

    “My pass set on the right side [is the most difficult change] because I’m moving from the left side where my kick step feels very comfortable, second nature,” he said. “Now moving to the right, everything is flipped.”

    Comparatively, the transition has still gone well. Of the five offensive tackles selected in the first round (Kansas City’s Eric Fisher, Jacksonville’s Luke Joeckel, Philadelphia’s Lane Johnson, Fluker and Pugh), Pugh has the highest 2013 grade, according to Pro Football Focus. He’s allowed just three sacks this season and eight hurries in his last seven games. Pugh allowed 24 in his first five games.

    Fluker has played some right and left tackle. He’s also allowed three sacks, but 14 pressures in his last three games on the left side.

    Pugh hears and sees how the other rookie tackles are doing. He knows most of them pretty well. Pugh and Fluker spent time together during the pre-draft process. They were the first non-seniors (even though they had already graduated) to play in the Senior Bowl. And he receives constant updates from his friends on Johnson and the Eagles. Pugh grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs.

    “He’s been playing better, too, I heard,” Pugh said. “All my friends are Eagles fans. At the beginning of the year, they were all like, ‘Dude, I wish we had you instead.’” Read more...

  • amukamerica
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    flukers a bad dude, i've been a fan of him since that body slam on sio moore.

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  • Morehead State
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    Originally posted by TheEnigma View Post
    Would you still prefer Fluker over Pugh? I remember you were a big Fluker guy prior to the draft.
    Absolutely.

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  • TheEnigma
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    Originally posted by Morehead State View Post
    OK...maybe we should get back to football.
    Would you still prefer Fluker over Pugh? I remember you were a big Fluker guy prior to the draft.

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  • Morehead State
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    Originally posted by penguinfarmer View Post
    I know right? I hope high schoolers aren't hogging all the jelly.
    OK...maybe we should get back to football.

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  • penguinfarmer
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    Originally posted by Eliscruzzz View Post
    what lol...
    I know right? I hope high schoolers aren't hogging all the jelly.

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  • Rudy
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    Originally posted by TheEnigma View Post
    I really hope Wilson can do something next year. He doesn't even need to be a workhorse RB type but just someone we could use to take advantage of 1-on-1 battles in the passing game or something. Between a Darren Sproles type weapon and using him for both KR and PR, he would still have a purpose.

    Meanwhile...http://blogs.buffalobills.com/2013/1...ck-efficiency/

    Ugh.
    We need to definitely use him like Darren Sproles or Danny Woodhead.

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  • TheEnigma
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    I agree it's hard to tell who is a fault. For me I put most of the blame on Wilson he needs to stop trying so hard and just follow his blocks and good things can happen. His pass blocking is atrocious, I don't know how he will get better at that. I really liked the kid from Stanford last draft Stephon Taylor if we didn't have Wilson I would've drafted him. Maybe we can grab the other Stanford kid this year if he declares.
    I really hope Wilson can do something next year. He doesn't even need to be a workhorse RB type but just someone we could use to take advantage of 1-on-1 battles in the passing game or something. Between a Darren Sproles type weapon and using him for both KR and PR, he would still have a purpose.

    Meanwhile...http://blogs.buffalobills.com/2013/1...ck-efficiency/

    Ugh.

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  • Eliscruzzz
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    Originally posted by moosedrool View Post
    Keep resorting to high school sexual humor. It makes you look like a positive person.
    what lol...

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  • moosedrool
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    Originally posted by penguinfarmer View Post
    And you seem very bitter and negative. I would suggest PFF to use K-Y.
    Keep resorting to high school sexual humor. It makes you look like a positive person.

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  • penguinfarmer
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    Originally posted by moosedrool View Post
    You are a very strange person.
    And you seem very bitter and negative. I would suggest PFF to use K-Y.

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  • TheEnigma
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    Now this thread just needs Drez and the cycle will be complete.

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  • moosedrool
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    Originally posted by penguinfarmer View Post
    Just you spreading your cheeks for them.
    You are a very strange person.

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  • penguinfarmer
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    Originally posted by moosedrool View Post
    The fact that you think my only reference is PFF makes you a pretty ignorant person.

    And the people who discount PFF don't understand PFF, yet post like they do. More ignorance. You just confirmed that when you said "you don't know if they do anything on collegiate athletes". Yet you make fun of PFF. Well done!
    I have never spoken negatively of PFF. Just you spreading your cheeks for them.

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  • moosedrool
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    Originally posted by penguinfarmer View Post
    I don't know if they do anything on collegiate athletes, but they do have their segments which focus on rookies. But yes, that is moosedrool's ONLY reference of information.
    The fact that you think my only reference is PFF makes you a pretty ignorant person.

    And the people who discount PFF don't understand PFF, yet post like they do. More ignorance. You just confirmed that when you said "you don't know if they do anything on collegiate athletes". Yet you make fun of PFF. Well done!

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