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New York Giants: Justin Pugh Better Not Play Like a Rookie on Sunday

Justin Pugh

Jim O’Connor-USA TODAY Sports

New York Giants rookie Justin Pugh will have his hands full on Sunday, drawing the assignment of shutting down outside linebacker Justin Houston of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Through the first three weeks, Houston currently leads the NFL in sacks, with 7.5. Houston had three sacks in the opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars and compiled 4.5 sacks in last week’s win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

ESPN New York’s Dan Graziano reported that, of Houston’s 7.5 sacks, 6.5 of them have come when he lines up on the left side of the defensive formation. In Kansas City’s base 3-4 defense, Houston will be opposite Justin Pugh on the line of scrimmage.

The Giants drafted Pugh in the first round out of Syracuse. He has been New York’s starting right tackle this season and has been struggling of late.

As a whole, the Giants’ offensive line has been a disaster. Against the Carolina Panthers last week, it seemed like Eli Manning spent more time on his back than he did under center. When all was said and done, the offensive line had surrendered seven sacks in the 38-0 blowout.

Pugh needs to step up and come ready to play on Sunday. He’s going to need to be quick on his feet if he’s going to slow down Houston and the red-hot Chiefs.

Daniel Brennan covers the New York Giants for RantSports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @DBrennan30 and add him to your network on Google.

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