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New York Giants' news, 8/25: Justin Pugh assesses first start

New York Giants news and notes for Sunday, 8/25.

Charles James returns a kickoff.
Charles James returns a kickoff.
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Here are a few leftover notes from Saturday's 24-21 loss by the New York Giants to the New York Jets in a preseason game at MetLife Stadium.

Pugh Assesses First Start

Justin Pugh started at right tackle and appeared to hold his own in 48 snaps.

"It was great. I had a blast out there. Obviously I got a little spoiled that first play (David Wilson's 84-yard touchdown run)," Pugh said. "I want to get in there and watch film."

The revamped line, with Pugh and center Jim Cordle starting for the first time, had its share of struggles.

"There's a couple times where Eli got hit," Pugh said. "Obviously at the goal line we want to score there. So, those are two areas I know we can improve on."

Josh Brown Gets a Workout

New placekicker Josh Brown made 5-of-6 field goals, including a 50-yarder and a 40-yarder to tie the game near the end of regulation. He missed a 53-yarder, watching the MetLife Stadium breeze blow it wide left. After the game, he spoke about the miss:

"Just didn’t play it down field, aimed more down the middle. I didn’t feel any breeze as far as what’s going to blow this way or that way.  I probably should’ve played it straight. It was a good opportunity to kind of learn how the ball’s going to fly from that distance, what you have to do as far as where you’re pushing the ball to," Brown said. "I probably should’ve just aimed at the right upright and let the ball fall in.  Instead I tried to go down the middle and the ball fell out. You live and you learn."

Odds 'N Ends

Curtis Painter, trying to win a roster spot, completed 13-of-29 passes for 140 yards. ... Jerrel Jernigan caught five passes for 66 yards. ... In the second half, Kyle Bosworth played ahead of Aaron Curry at linebacker, a switch from the first two preseason games. ... In a good sign for undrafted free agent cornerback Charles James he saw action as both a punt and kickoff returner as well as playing on defense in the second half. ... Mark Herzlich, playing exclusively in the second half, had a team-high eight tackles (one for loss), a sack for a safety, a fumble recovery and a pass defensed.

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