New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh has emerged as the leader of the offensive linemen. He has nothing but praise for the moves the Giants made this offseason to bolster the offense one year after spending around $200 million to upgrade the defense.
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“We’re ready to win tomorrow,” Pugh said in an interview with the NFL Network. “I think that you look at the NFC, we’ve brought some guys in, bringing in (wide receiver) Brandon Marshall, a guy who’s my size, we brought in Rhett Ellison, a tight end whose numbers aren’t going to jump off the board, but he comes in and blocks.”
Marshall’s 941 career receptions are fourth among active players and his 12,061 yards is second only to the Arizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald among active players. At 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, he provides a red zone threat the Giants haven’t had since Plaxico Burress.
Ellison provides an immediate upgrade in the blocking department as he is a throwback tight end. He spent the first five years of his career with the Minnesota Vikings helping to create holes for Adrian Peterson to run through. Now he will be called upon to help the Giants’ backs find space outside the tackles—something they struggled to do in 2016.
The Giants also drafted tight end Evan Engram, who has the potential to be a dynamic player. He is a possible matchup nightmare for linebackers and safeties who try to cover him. Although his blocking leaves much to be desired right now, Engram’s 40-time was faster than that of star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Pugh also elaborated on what the new offensive additions can do as well what the defense brings to the equation.
“Now, we can switch up personnel. We can get in multiple formations,” he said. “I think our offense is going to be better, and our defense returned everybody besides Johnathan Hankins. So, I think we’re going to be a pretty good team to play.”