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New York Giants’ Justin Pugh Named to Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie Team

January 14th, 2014 at 1:45 PM
By Dan Benton

Lost in the disappointment of a 7-9 season was the performance of New York Giants rookie tackle Justin Pugh. A season-long performance that, ultimately, earned him the highest grade for a rookie first-round tackle by Pro Football Focus and, now, a spot on the Pro Football Writers of America's All-Rookie Team.

“My whole goal was just to contribute and help the team win in any way possible, if it was on special teams or as a starting right tackle,” Pugh told Giants.com. “I wanted to play my part and show these guys that I came here to play and play well.”

“You’re just showing the guys in this locker room that you’re reliable and this organization can count on you to go out there and play every snap, every week, and you take pride in that."

Perhaps one of the most impressive things about Pugh's rookie season was his ability to avoid costly penalties. In fact, Pugh had only three penalties called against him all season — two illegal formation penalties and one facemask penalty.

The rest of PFWA's All-Rookie Team shakes out as follows:

Offense:

QB – Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
RB – Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals; Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
WR – Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers; DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
TE – Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins
C – Travis Frederick, Dallas Cowboys
G – Kyle Long, Chicago Bears; Larry Warford, Detroit Lions
T – D.J. Fluker, San Diego Chargers; Justin Pugh, New York Giants
Defense:

DL – Ziggy Ansah, Detroit Lions; Star Lotulelei, Carolina Panthers; Sheldon Richardson, New York Jets; Kawann Short, Carolina Panthers
LB – Kiko Alonso, Buffalo Bills; Sio Moore, Oakland Raiders; Alec Ogletree, St. Louis Rams
CB – Tyrann Mathieu, Arizona Cardinals; Desmond Trufant, Atlanta Falcons
S – Eric Reid, San Francisco 49ers; Kenny Vaccaro, New Orleans Saints
Special Teams:

PK – Caleb Sturgis, Miami Dolphins
P – Sam Martin, Detroit Lions
KR – Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings
PR – Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams
ST – Don Jones, Miami Dolphins

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8 Responses to “New York Giants’ Justin Pugh Named to Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie Team”

  1.  Krow says:

    He beat out a lot of big picks. #1 Eric Fisher … #2 Luke Joeckel … #4 Lane Johnson … sweet.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      Strange. Because Fisher underhelmed but yet played good down the stretch.

      Joeckel was placed on IR Oct. 8th. And was started the season at RT then moved to LT and got hurt. So can’t really judge him.

      And as much as I hate to say it, Lane Johnson greatly improved a weak and beat up Eagles O-line. I honestly, think whoever was voting forgot about him on this one. He played pretty well this year.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    Interesting that nearly every one of those on this list were highly regarded around here prior to the draft. Ironically, Justin Pugh might have been the least-appreciated of them all until the week or so prior to the draft when he started getting some buzz. But it turns out this was a pretty solid crop of rookies despite the word that last year’s draft was considered “weak”.

    This April’s draft is considered “strong”. It’s a good time to be picking 12th.

    •  Krow says:

      The Nassib pick is the head scratcher. A #4 and a #5 to get him. Made no sense then … makes none now. Those 2 picks could have made this a legendary draft.

  3.  Krow says:

    I’m a little concerned that his lack of drive killing penalties will cause his teammates to shun him.

  4.  JimStoll says:

    1 lineman down, 4 to go

  5.  GOAT56 says:

    It’s surprising that everyone here was a top 3 round draft pick from last year. I wonder if the draft wasn’t as deep as many thought or that talent evaluators did a great job league wide drafting the talent when they should be drafted.

    I still feel that we should trade down in the first round if possible. another 2nd or 3rd round pick would allow us to add more quality depth.

  6.  rlhjr says:

    Funny no left tackle was picked. Fluker is a beast and Pugh is smart aggressive and light footed. Very deserving of his selection. The only Giants I would consider a post season snub is Rolle. Beason was not a starter all year.

    This just in, I had forgotten that Nassib cost a 4 and a 5.
    In that case, Reese is a fkn idiot. He had to know there were more pressing needs on both sides of the ball. What a dummy. But I cant hate on Nassib.
    He need a chance to show is stuff. At the very least an entire preseason game.

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