Good morning, New York Giants fans! Here are some headlines for the start of your weekend.
Justin Pugh looking forward to facing New England
Offensive guard Justin Pugh, who was listed as "probable" on Friday's injury report, said that he is back to 100 percent and is ready to face the Patriots this Sunday. Pugh went through the concussion protocol but was determined to have an illness following Big Blue's win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday.
"I'm at 100 percent now, so I don't really feel any effects from it," Pugh said. "I just have to make sure i'm more careful, and make sure I'm properly hydrated, and make sure I'm going above and beyond playing in those hot environments."
Pugh also spoke about the versatility of the Patriots and that he thinks it's the reason they are one of the three remaining undefeated teams in the NFL. New England is one of the top 10 defenses in the league in terms of yards per game, and they've given up the fifth-fewest points in the NFL.
"I think what makes them so good is they have guys who are very versatile," Pugh said about the New England defense. "If you look at any of their players, they can rush the passer, the front seven I'm saying, they can rush the passer, be a defensive lineman, or they can drop into coverage and be linebackers. We have to make sure we're communicating on who's on the field, and what we're going to do with our protections, or whatever it is in the run game."
Pugh added that "it's going to be a fun game on Sunday" and that he's excited to go up against a former college teammate.
"They got a Syracuse guy, Chandler Jones, who has a bunch of sacks, so it'll be fun going up against him because I got to go against him for four years in college," Pugh said. "I'm looking forward to the challenge."
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