Friday, May 10, 2013
Notebook: Pugh opens at right tackle
By Ohm Youngmisuk
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Justin Pugh made his Giants debut at right tackle in rookie camp.
The Giants drafted Pugh saying he can play guard, tackle or even center. But the fact that he was at right tackle during both practices on the first day of rookie camp could be an indication that Pugh may have a shot to be in the mix in the competition at right tackle.
David Diehl and James Brewer are expected to compete to start at the spot. But if Pugh impresses the coaches, the first-round pick could have a shot at starting.
Pugh played left tackle during his three seasons at Syracuse but began practicing at right tackle as soon as Syracuse's season ended.
"I have been working on my right tackle stance ever since then so it feels a lot better now," Pugh said of getting acclimated to the spot. "And just keep getting more and more reps, keep getting live reps against guys and as it gets better, it will get easier.
"I played some right [tackle] when I was in practice but never in a game," he added. "When I got to the Senior Bowl, played a little right guard, right tackle, so I got more and more comfortable. I played right guard in high school. But I am comfortable with the right side."
Curry signs: In case you missed it, the Giants signed free agent linebacker Aaron Curry.
Jerry Reese hopes the former fourth overall pick in the 2009 draft will be able to "re-invent" himself with the Giants.
Staff moves: The Giants officially announced three personnel moves. Tim McDonnell joined the team as a pro scout after serving as director of player personnel at Notre Dame. McDonnell is the grandson of the late Wellington Mara.
The team also hired Joe Danos as a strength and conditioning assistant from Florida State and Matt Shauger has been named the team's assistant director of pro personnel.
First impressions: Nassib impressed Tom Coughlin and Kevin Gilbride with the way he handled the offense, huddles and cadence in his first practice. In a 7-on-7 drill, Nassib completed a nice pass over middle to tight end Morgan Newton, who made a nice stretching catch. But later, Nassib overthrew tight end Nick Provo and was picked by safety John Stevenson... Rookie safety Cooper Taylor looks as advertised as a 6-foot-4 safety. The Giants love his blend of size and speed as a potential third safety. It will be interesting to see how he continues to progress... Defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins and guard Eric Herman both are listed at 320 pounds and are big boys. But they weren't close to being among the biggest at rookie camp. Guard Michael Jasper from Bethel stood out at 6-4 and 375 pounds. Also, guard Lavon McCoy looked massive at 6-5 and 380 pounds. And speaking of size, undrafted rookie free agent wide receiver Marcus Davis from Virginia Tech is 6-4 and 232 pounds... Linebacker Mister Alexander from Florida State had to leave the second practice on a cart with an injury.