EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. –** Justin Pugh, the Giants' first round draft choice last year, has been named to the Pro Football Writers Association 2013 All-Rookie Team.
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Pugh, the 19th overall selection in the draft, started all 16 games at right tackle. He was a) the first Giants rookie to start an entire 16-game season since defensive tackle Barry Cofield in 2006; b) the first offensive lineman to do it since David Diehl in 2003; and c) the first Giants' first round draft choice to do so since Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor in 1981.
Pugh is just the fourth Giants first-round draft choice to start every game in his rookie season since the 1970 merger. The others were linebacker Jim Files (1970), guard John Hicks (1974) and Taylor.
Pugh reported to training camp in July with modest expectations.
"My whole goal was just to contribute and help the team win in any way possible, if it was on special teams or as a starting right tackle," he said. "I wanted to play my part and show these guys that I came here to play and play well."
Pugh said it was important to him to be able to line up and play every week.
"You're just showing the guys in this locker room that you're reliable and this organization can count on you to go out there and play every snap, every week, and you take pride in that," Pugh said. "
The other tackle on the Al-Rookie team was San Diego's D.J. Fluker, who was chosen 11th overall.