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Coughlin has muted praise for Giants injury fill-ins Pugh and Hosley

New York Giants tackle Justin Pugh looks on

New York Giants tackle Justin Pugh looks on with the offensive line during training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, N.J. on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. Credit: Brad Penner

Tom Coughlin offered lukewarm assessments of two players who had to step in (or step over) to replace injured starters.

Justin Pugh saw his first NFL snaps at left tackle after rookie Ereck Flowers left the game with an ankle injury. Pugh played right tackle his first two seasons and began this year as the left guard.

"I think there were some good plays and some plays that weren't so good," Coughlin said of Pugh's play on the outside. "He had an exceptional rusher, Justin did, on his outside, and he caused pressure at the worst time of the game, obviously."

And then there was Jayron Hosley, who replaced Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

"Hosley made some plays and didn't make some plays, but the ones that he didn't make, I thought he was playing against an outstanding player [Falcons rookie Vic Beasley Jr.], obviously, and he gave perhaps sometimes a little bit too much room," Coughlin said of his matchups with Julio Jones. "Overall he competed and he played hard. I thought that was a good step forward."

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