Justin Pugh Ready For Debut
First-round pick Justin Pugh missed the first preseason game vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers due to a concussion. The offensive lineman from Syracuse University will play Sunday night vs. the Colts.
"I always get nervous before a game, but once you start playing, it all goes away. Probably right before the game, I'll be a little nervous, but when I step on the field and get that first hit in, I'm good to go," Pugh said.
"No pressure at all. I think when you step out there, it doesn't matter what round you're drafted in. You're in the lineup against a guy and that's the battle, regardless of a first round pick and wherever they're from. So just go out there and play every play."
Justin Tuck To See First Action
Veteran defensive end Justin Tuck will see his first preseason action Sunday. He missed the preseason opener due to a back issue. Tuck knows he needs some preseason snaps to prep for the Sept. 8 regular season opener vs. the Dallas Cowboys.
"You've just got to sharpen the tools," said Tuck. "The longer you play, the less preseason you need but you need some snaps. I remember [Michael] Strahan one year when we actually played Dallas the first game, he sucked it up, he played, but he had no preseason and he could tell. I remember on the plane back, he was like ‘Man, that was the worst game of my life.' You tend to second-guess everything you're doing when you haven't gotten the opportunity to get in the groove. You can't do that against a quality football team and still be successful. For me, I think two preseason games would be good. The last two, get your body ready to go, mentally ready to go, your eyes sharp and things like that, but I appreciate preseason, I really do."
Linebacker Kyle Bosworth knows that his play on special teams is critical if he is going to make the Giants' 53-man roster. Fortunately, he excels in that role -- and loves it.
"I love special teams because you've got to be big, fast, strong, all that stuff, but you also have to have moves," said Bosworth, who likely will see time on every special teams unit tonight against the Colts in addition to roughly 20 snaps on defense in the second half. "You can't just be a one-hit wonder with one move. You've got to have a bag of tricks, basically, so teams can't get a bead on you. Just like offense and defense, when you watch film and try to get little tips on your opponent, it's the same thing with special teams."
Making the cut for Bosworth will be as much about standing out in the preseason on special teams as the deep competition at linebacker.
"I don't know what the final numbers and who the final guys are going to be," Bosworth added. "But if I'm not one of the final guys defensively, if I'm not one of the starters or whatever, I've got to be involved in special teams one way or the other to get to where I want to be."
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