The wait is over for offensive tackle Justin Pugh and his college teammate at Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib tp officially be members of the New York Giants. Both men signed their deals early friday morning just in time for the first day of training camp.
Pugh, who was the Giants first round pick in this year’s NFL draft, will have high expectations coming into this season from the coaching staff. With the injuries and age being a huge question for Big Blue’s offensive line this upcoming season, Pugh’s performance in training camp will be crucial in deciding to whether he will start off the bat or if he’ll be used as a backup offensive lineman.
Pugh’s versatility also will a huge bonus for the Giants, who could place him at any position across the offensive line. Anyway it shakes out, the addition of Pugh will help give the Giants depth and youth at the offensive line, which is one of the their biggest needs right now. Also Pugh’s play, will determine whether or not the Giants will cut or keep veteran offensive lineman like David Diehl.
Nassib on the other hand has different expectations coming into this season for the Giants organization. The former Orangeman standout was thought of to be of the best quarterbacks in this year’s draft. Many NFL pundits predicted he could have cracked the top ten pick, but Nassib slipped all the way into the fourth round and ultimately was selected by the Giants.
Nassib is excpected to learn from a top quarterback in Eli Manning this year. The Giants look at Nassib as their quarterback of the future, under Manning’s tutelage he may eventually develop him into a good NFL quarterback like Aaron Rodgers did with the Green Bay Packers. This season for Nassib will be a season of learning and experiencing the expectations that comes with being a starting NFL quarterback.
Both Pugh and Nassib were both first team All-Big East last season, and lead the orangeman to a win the Pinstripe Bowl against old time rival West Virginia.
With both Nassib and Pugh signed, the Giants now have all their 2013 draft picks signed and ready to go for training camp which began on friday.