Rough start for Giants rookie quarterback Ryan Nassib

Giants quarterback Ryan Nassib (9) looks to throw

Giants quarterback Ryan Nassib (9) looks to throw downfield as he is pressured by Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brian Arnfelt (69) during the fourth quarter of an NFL preseason football game on Saturday in Pittsburgh. New York won 18-13. (Aug. 10, 2013) (Credit: AP)

Ryan Nassib's first four plays in the NFL included a false start, a sack, a handoff for a 1-yard gain and a delay-of-game penalty.

Then it got worse.

On the fifth play, the snap sailed over the rookie quarterback's head and was recovered in the end zone by the Steelers for a touchdown.

"It's no secret it was a little bit of a rough start," Nassib said after Saturday's game.

Nassib did complete one pass, a 29-yarder to Julian Talley that set up a field goal late in the fourth quarter.

"He needs to keep getting his feet wet just like anybody else does," Tom Coughlin said. "It's a brand-new experience and we'll keep that in mind as we set the order and the number of snaps as they are to be divided up for the next game."

Nassib said he thought his second drive -- the one that ended with the field goal -- was "a lot more efficient."

"We were able to put together a nice little drive and get a field goal out of it," he said. "It's just a great chance to look back and learn from this now so we can get ready for next week."

Justin time

First-round pick Justin Pugh has been cleared to resume practicing after missing more than a week with a concussion. Defensive end Justin Tuck also is expected to be on the field Monday when the team returns to training camp workouts. Tuck did not play Saturday and missed the two previous practices with stiffness in his back.

Coughlin also said RB Ryan Torain and OL James Brewer, both out with concussions, were not cleared as of Sunday night but could be by the time the team practices Monday.

Giant steps

The most wide-open position battle is at linebacker, where about seven players are competing for three starting jobs. "I don't know that there's any one particular individual that made enough plays . . . in order for me to say that [anyone stood out]. But we were steady," Coughlin said . . . WR Kris Adams had surgery Sunday to repair a fractured ankle . . . OL Chris DeGeare had an MRI on his injured left knee. The Giants believe it could be an injury to the MCL but it still is being evaluated.

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