First-year head coach Ben McAdoo, who was his offensive coordinator the last two seasons, alluded to it this week at the NFL Annual Meeting in Florida.
“I like having Justin at left guard,” he said. “I think having that interior side of the pocket -- on the left side -- nice and firm for the quarterback, a right-handed quarterback, is pretty important. But we’re going to look at things and if we need to make some adjustments, he can make adjustments. But you’d hate to keep moving Justin. Give him a chance to grow at one spot.”
Back at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, N.J., Pugh reacted to the idea of staying put.
“I’m excited about it,” he told Giants.com. “I felt like I did some real good things there last year. I’m looking forward to getting better, improving, and putting in a full 16 games at guard and showing what I can do.”
To prepare for playing in the close quarters at guard, Pugh said he is bulking up and putting weight on. Like last season, he is out in Los Angeles training at Jay Glazer’s gym with specialists in mixed martial arts.
When Pugh was drafted by the Giants with the 19th overall pick in 2013, it began a three-year streak of the team selecting an offensive lineman in the first two rounds. After Pugh, center
The three are now cornerstones in the foundation of a new-look offensive line.
And coming from a former left tackle himself, Pugh sees the potential in Flowers.
“Sky’s the limit for Ereck Flowers,” said Pugh, who started once at left tackle for Flowers last season. “I think he just needs to keep working on his technique, keep working on those little things that you don’t realize you get away with in college that you can’t in the pros.
“So it was a great rookie year for him. He played through some injuries and did some great things and he’s shown flashes of what he’s capable of doing. So I know Ereck Flowers can be one of the best left tackles. I’m excited for him to get back out here and us continuing to work and get better as an offensive line. We’ve got some things we’ve got to prove this year.”