Data Scout Notes: 2012: 1stC...PLombardi/POutland...2011: 1stC...2010: 2ndC
*Justin Pugh/Syracuse football Videos
*Automated search based on player first/last name, college team name, football, 3 loading panels, click video to view in full size on this page, watch or fast forward one full video, or open player with red arrow to choose more cuts at the bottom of the big video screen. Click "I'm done watching this" blue link at the top of video to close screen. If available/HQ changes video quality.
Draft Scout *Justin Pugh News
12/30/13 - RT Justin Pugh became the first New York Giants first-round draft pick to start every game of his rookie season since linebacker Lawrence Taylor did it in 1981.
He also became the first Giants rookie to start an entire 16-game season since defensive tackle Barry Cofield in 2006; and the first offensive lineman to do it since David Diehl 10 years ago.
"It's a great honor to be mentioned obviously with one of the best players of all time and those other guys as well," Pugh said. "It's your job to go out there and win football games and take pride in the way you play. I just try to follow the way guys in this locker room do it."
Pugh credited taking care of his body and following the protocol established by the team as a key to his durability this season, but noted that he had room for improvement in that regard.
"I know I can take better care of my body this offseason and get ready for the long haul because I want to be playing in four more games," he said. "I think this team can be in the playoffs. So get ready for that is my goal this offseason."
As for his assessment of his rookie season, Pugh didn't hesitate with his answer.
"I'm not happy with my rookie year. I think I could have played better. Those first four games I wish I could get back. Down the stretch, there were a couple of games - the Seattle game - that I wish I could have back. So there are some bright spots that I'll take and learn from it, and there are some spots that I know I have to get better on."
09/09/13 - RT Justin Pugh became the first Giants rookie to start a season opener since linebacker Greg Jones in 2011. Pugh, who started at right tackle, also became the first Giants offensive rookie to start an opener since tight end Michael Matthews on Sept. 9, 2007; the first Giants rookie offensive lineman to start an opener since Chris Snee in 2004; and the first Giants first-round draft choice to start a season opener since tight end Jeremy Shockey in 2002.
08/26/13 - T Justin Pugh made his first NFL start at right tackle against the Jets, an outing that appeared to go well for the rookie.
"I felt comfortable. I mean, it's just playing football," he said. "It was as much fun that I had playing football in a while. Just getting out there and being able to play and compete, and just get better every time. I'm looking forward to looking at this film, get better from it, and get better each week."
In reflecting over his performance, Pugh said that there were things that he wanted to work on such as increasing his awareness of every possible look a defense might throw at him.
"If it's a look that you haven't seen before, you want to be able to execute and block the right guy, block it up," said Pugh. "You keep working everything. From your set, to your hands, to where most of your body weight is at. Those are just a couple of things that you need to do."
08/12/13 - OT Justin Pugh (concussion) has been cleared to return to practice this week. Pugh missed the preseason opener against the Steelers.
08/07/13 - OT Justin Pugh (concussion) is making progress, but has not been cleared to return after suffering a blow to the head last Thursday (Aug. 1). Pugh was able to watch Sunday's practice in the bright sunlight, and head coach Tom Coughlin said that the rookie first rounder was feeling better. However, there is no return date set for Pugh, who must first pass all the concussion protocol tests.