Let’s get your Friday started with a few New York Giants notes.
Justin Pugh On Scuffles: “That’s August Camp”
Offensive guard Justin Pugh didn’t seem all that annoyed by a third straight practice that saw tempers flaring.
“That’s football, that’s August camp. It happens every year. You go into the locker room, you shake that guy’s hand, you move on from it. It’s part of it. Nine-on-seven, three days in pads we’ve been, so it was bound to happen. We’ve just got to make sure we protect each other because we’re family. At the end of the day, come September, whenever we play Dallas, we’re all on the same team, we’re wearing the same jersey. So, that’s the thing we have to keep in mind.”
Pugh has done MMA and boxing training during offseasons in recent years.
“I love to find out where I’m at, you know what I mean? I love to find out, like, where I’m at in the pecking order. But like, to a degree. If you ask anyone in that locker room, I’m going to face up somebody and they’re going to know I’m coming. That’s where we’ve got to make sure we don’t do anything cheap, don’t do anything to hurt somebody because that’s not fun. I mean, getting out there and getting in some scuffles, we’ve been talking so much, it’s fun to kind of throw each other around and wrestle a little bit, that’s what we’re here to do.”
Pugh’s lack of concern about the scuffles echoes that of coach Ben McAdoo and defensive end Olivier Vernon.
Darkwa: “Let Yourself Be Known”
Offensive players have, at times, taken exception to some of the aggressive hits from defensive players.
“You got to be ready for it. It’s training camp. You are putting on the pads for the first time. There are going to be some scuffles here and there. Everybody is going to try to fit their pads in here and there,” running back Orleans Darkwa said. “As backs, I try to tell the group be ready for it. You got to let yourself be known as well, so be ready for it and prepare yourself and put your head down if you have to.
Giants.com named wide receiver Brandon Marshall and safeties Darian Thompson and Nat Berhe as Thursday’s practice standouts.