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Giants news, 10/17: Justin Pugh, wide receivers, non-call on last play, more

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Justin Pugh’s unexpected effort has created tricky situation for the Giants

Pugh signed to the Giants’ practice squad less than two weeks ago. He was a standard elevation from that practice squad for Sunday’s game. The Giants now have to either sign him to the 53-man roster or return him to the practice squad — and Pugh has the right to refuse to return to the practice squad and sign with any team as a free agent.

The Giants currently have 10 offensive linemen on the active roster, not counting Pugh. Someone would likely have to go if the Giants were to sign Pugh to the 53-man roster, which seems like a good idea.

Cap space is at a premium for the Giants, who have only $3.888 million to work with, per Over The Cap. Still, it would seem worth it to figure out a way to work out a deal with Pugh, perhaps one covering the rest of this year and the 2024 season, before someone snatches him away.

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Justin Pugh Recaps Wild First Game Back with Giants | Sports Illustrated

Although Pugh was put into a very tough spot, he showed himself to be more than capable as a veteran backup with starting potential at left guard and that ability to slide outside at a moment’s notice. And his presence seemed to instill a sense of calm on the offensive line that’s been missing for weeks.

“There’s a lesson in this somewhere where it’s like, you know, get dealt a hand, you gotta play the best you can and like go out there and fight for your guys,” Pugh said. “That’s the one thing that I’ll always do is look to the guy next to you, to the right of you, and look at (quarterback) Tyrod (Taylor) back there, and you’re like, ‘I got a job to do. I want to go out there and fight for those guys.’”

Second year linemen McKethan, Neal creating a hole Sunday night

Saquon Barkley’s reaction to being left out of Giants’ final play | New York Post

“As a competitor, you would love the opportunity,” Barkley said after Tyrod Taylor threw high from the Buffalo 1-yard line for Darren Waller in the back of the end zone on the last play of the Giants’ 14-9 loss to the Bills. “But at the end of the day, you gotta trust the system, trust the coaches. … They made a play.”

Boomer: Saquon Barkley is the missing piece for the Giants |

“It was obvious that Saquon Barkley is the missing piece for the Giants,” Boomer said. “It looked like he was shot out of a cannon. In the fourth quarter, he looked like he had some really good runs. He looked like he got better as the game went on.”

Daboll: Jones is our starting quarterback

Leonard Williams: Giants can still make noise in NFC East

The Giants are the NFL’s lowest-scoring team (11.8 ppg). When they host Washington on Sunday (Oct. 22), it will be more than a calendar month since their last offensive TD (Sept. 21 at SF).

But Leonard Williams doesn’t want the last-place Giants hanging their heads, noting the team has 5 NFC East games left means the season is still in front of them. “It’s not too late to turn it around, especially if we win our division,” he said.

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Emmanuel Forbes did not play any snaps for Commanders Sunday | Pro Football Talk

Commanders first-round pick Emmanuel Forbes opened the season as a starter, but the cornerback had a very different role against the Falcons on Sunday. Forbes was active, but never left the sideline during the game as the Commanders went with others in the secondary while picking Desmond Ridder off three times in a 24-16 win. Forbes had been benched during the team’s Week Five loss to the Bears.

Around the league

Sean McDermott: Damien Harris heading in “good direction” | Pro Football Talk

What we learned in NFL Week 6: Bill Belichick’s clock ticking; Jalen Hurts’ pick problem | FOX Sports

Mike Martz : Jalen Hurts Lacking Discipline, Has Been Out of Sync All Season | The 33rd Team

Nick Sirianni laments Eagles turnovers against the Jets | Bleeding Green Nation

Cowboys’ transition from Kellen Moore to Mike McCarthy a work in progress |

Cowboys put Leighton Vander Esch, C.J. Goodwin on IR | Pro Football Talk

Panthers head coach Frank Reich hands over play-calling duties to offensive coordinator Thomas Brown |

Jimmy Garoppolo’s prognosis ‘good,’ status TBD for Sunday |

Bears HC Matt Eberflus says Justin Fields (right thumb) doubtful for Week 7 vs. Raiders |

Doug Pederson: Trevor Lawrence day-to-day, may split practice reps this week | Pro Football Talk

Jets’ Garrett Wilson: MetLife turf is ‘garbage’ |

Aaron Rodgers played role in Jets’ upset win over Eagles by suggesting play-calls to N.Y. coaches |

Browns’ defense shows why it’s ‘best in the world’ in win over 49ers |

Every NFL team ranked by their Super Bowl chances at Week 6 |

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