Justin Pugh looking to bring the fight to NFL sack leader Justin Houston
When Justin Pugh was drafted, one of the things scouts liked about him was his nasty streak on the field. The Giants can use a little of that on Sunday.
Coming off his worst game as a pro – in an admittedly small sample size – Pugh said that they key to beating the Chiefs and correcting the woes of the group up front will be to remain physical and not be bullied like they were last week.
“You have to go out there and fight,” the rookie said. “If you fight in the run game, it might not look pretty all the time but if you’re physical, good things are going to happen. We just have to go out there and fight every play.”
The Giants’ offensive line may have to be duct-taped together this week. If Chris Snee and David Baas can’t play, Pugh, the rookie, could be part of a group in which he has the third most career starts. That’s a little scary.
But maybe not as scary as Pugh having to go against the NFL’s leader in sacks, Justin Houston, with 7.5 of them already. The Chiefs lead the league with 15.
“You just go out there and play your game,” Pugh said. “You have to go out there, be physical, trust the technique and just keep working and getting better with your technique.”
And, of course, fight.
“Like I said, and I’m going to keep saying it, I’m going to go out there and fight,” Pugh said. “I’m going to give it everything I’ve got. When I come off that field I’m going to know that I fought that guy and he’s going to know that we had a good day out there."