How good has Justin Pugh been so far this season? Good enough that Pro Football Focus has named him to its midseason All-Pro Team and has the fourth-year pro as the highest-graded left guard in the NFL.
Justin Pugh wasn’t a terrible right tackle, but he looked like a far better player last season when the Giants moved him to guard. His overall PFF grade jumped from an average of 77.1 over his first two seasons in the league to 86.7 last season, and he has built on that again this year. Like Titans LT Taylor Lewan — PFF’s fourth-highest-graded offensive tackle — Pugh has yet to surrender a sack, though he has allowed two QB hits and nine total QB pressures in only eight games. He has once again been an impressive run blocker despite the Giants’ inability to get much of a running game going. Also like Lewan, Pugh was dominant across the first six to seven weeks of the season before a relative slump, but the New York guard’s can at least be traced back to running up against Aaron Donald and the Los Angeles Rams, arguably the best defensive front in football. Pugh was part of the reason Donald was held to his lowest QB pressure total of the season (three).
Pugh played right tackle his first two seasons before moving inside to guard last year. Pugh will miss a few weeks after suffering a knee injury Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.
There are those who still argue that Pugh should be at right, or left, tackle. As well as he is playing, though, it seems apparent that the Giants have found the correct place for him.