What are New York Giants players saying as they prepare for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers? Let’s look at some of it.
Justin Pugh Will Play “Wherever The Wind Takes Me”
Offensive lineman Justin Pugh will be ready regardless of whether the Giants ask him to play right tackle or left guard on Sunday.
“I’m feeling comfortable at both spots right now. So, wherever they need me. Last week, I was getting ready if I had to go play center, I was going to go play center. So, it’s just wherever the wind takes me,” Pugh said.
Pugh admitted that changing sides of the line can be difficult, but said he finds moving around to be “fun.”
“It’s like a new challenge. A lot of times going in and getting some center reps this week, too, it was like alright something totally different, something totally new. So, it’s kind of interesting. It kind of keeps me on my toes,” he said. “It helps me be a better guard eventually when I go back to my natural position because I know the struggle as a tackle and I know how to better communicate with Ereck (Flowers) and work with Ereck because I know the stresses in the protections and where he needs help. So, it’s something that I think is going to make me a better player overall and then hopefully I’ll be able to show it.”
Eli Apple Remains Confident
Cornerback Eli Apple has given up six touchdown passes over the last 34 times he has been targeted, but the 2016 first-round pick says he has not lost confidence.
“Any time you’re lined up against great receivers, like [Tampa Bay wide receiver] Mike Evans, he’s going to get the best of you sometimes and it happens. I just wish I was able to stay on him more in the game, they kind of took me off of him and put me on DeSean Jackson. But, this is a learning curve, it’s a learning lesson and that’s how I take everything,” Apple said. “I know anytime something does happen, I take the approach that I didn’t really give it up, kind of. It was just something that I did, that I made a mistake. It wasn’t, the dude was just better than me. I never think that on the football field. I always think like, ‘Dang, if I would’ve done this differently, I would’ve made the play.’ So, anytime I line up on the football field, I have 100 percent confidence, no matter what.”
Brad Wing Just Trying To Move On
After costly poor punts in each of the last two games, Brad Wing is trying to remember the good things he has done in his four-year career.
“I know what I can do,” Wing said. “I trust my ability, the coaches have trust in me, the players around me do. So I am just looking forward to getting out there this weekend.
“I know how good I am. There’s only 32 punters in the NFL, and I have one of those jobs. So yeah, the last two weeks, there’s been some negatives, but I have a lot of confidence in what I do. I’ve done a lot more good than bad. I am not going to let two plays determine me as a punter. I know what value I bring to this team.”