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Justin Pugh explains his apology after Eagles game

Giants tackle Justin Pugh walks the sidelines during

Giants tackle Justin Pugh walks the sidelines during training camp in East Rutherford, N.J. on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. Photo Credit: Joe Epstein

Justin Pugh felt so badly about his performance against the Eagles on Sunday night that he apologized. To everyone. On Twitter.

"Definitely owe everyone an apology for how I played yesterday," he posted on Monday. "I'm going to fight my [expletive] off and will be better. Back to work."

What prompted the unusually public mea culpa?

"It's uncharacteristic of me," Pugh said of his performance. "And it hurt. When I got back [from Philadelphia] I didn't sleep. I went home and I felt sick to my stomach. It's something where I felt I owed it to my teammates to apologize. They know how I feel, but I just wanted everyone to know that that's not how I am. I'm going to go back in and work that much harder to make sure that never happens again."

He said the reaction to the tweet has been mostly positive.

"People know and they've seen what I've done throughout the years," Pugh said. "They said keep your head high, everyone has a bad day. Keep working hard and that's what I do, that's what I'm doing. Everyone in this locker room has embraced me and made sure they have my back and let me know I have to go back and keep working hard and forget about it."

Pugh watched the film of the performance against the Eagles.

"Some of the mistakes I was making were so uncharacteristic of me," the second-year right tackle said. "After that first sack I was thinking to myself, 'I can't let up another one, I can't let up another one.' Then I started over-thinking it and when you over-think it, you lose that confidence. That's when it goes downhill. Towards the end I was just in survival mode just trying not to screw up something. That's the worst way you can play."

It was hard to re-live.

"If you're going to be a true professional you have to come in, see the film, see what you did wrong, make the corrections from it and move on," he said. "Everyone has bad games, everyone has the thing they wish they could get back. I just let mine snowball and it definitely hurt the team."

Pugh wasn't just focused on the Eagles film, though. He watched cut-ups of the three previous games as well. Games in which he played much better. Perhaps it was to remind himself what he's capable of doing. So where is his head as he and the Giants prepare for the Cowboys?

"My confidence is sky high right now," he said. "I looked at some of the games from before. I'm going to build off what I've been doing."

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