It looks like it's go time for veteran offensive lineman Justin Pugh. Signed to the NY Giants practice squad earlier this month, Pugh was officially elevated to the 53-man roster on Saturday. With how banged up the line is, Pugh is needed now more than ever.
On Sunday night against the Buffalo Bills, Pugh could end up starting at left guard for head man Brian Daboll. We should find out soon enough, but regardless of if he starts or not, Pugh is fired up to try and make an impact for this offense. Pugh knows the Giants are in a tough spot, but he's excited to make a difference:
Justin Pugh is fired up to help out the NY Giants offensive line
"I think we have the talent in the room - we have the guys in the room - it's that continuity, playing in the same positions and all those things that go with it. Wherever they need me to play, wherever they need me to be the most helpful, it's part of the reason of why I came back to New York. To be part of this group and finish what I started. Last year I had an ACL injury, so to finish my career healthy is a goal of mine, so those are a few of the reasons why we're here. Hopefully I'll be able to help the line in any way I can.""- Justin Pugh
That's a great mindset from Pugh, as he's quite motivated to make sure this team can turn things around. Pugh has always had a bunch of love for the G-Men, as he spent the first five years of his career in East Rutherford before joining the Cardinals.
Pugh did suffer a torn ACL last season unfortunately, but he has worked his tail off in his rehab to get back to this spot. With how terrible the offensive line, specifically on the interior, has been for New York this season, countless people have been waiting for Pugh to be inserted at one of the guard spots.
With his versatility, Pugh also has the ability to play at one of the tackle positions too. He's battled plenty of adversity over the past year, but a motivated Pugh is just what OL coach Bobby Johnson and Coach Dabes need right now. Any help/improvement up front will be key for Tyrod Taylor vs. the Bills.