With the Giants getting off to a winless start to the season, things have been a little more difficult in the locker room, according to Justin Pugh.
"[It's] as good as you can be being 0-5. I mean, I think we've gotten tighter," Pugh said after Wednesday's practice. "I can speak just specifically for the offensive line. Hasn't been the easiest year. I've been through something like this before and you just have to stick together and keep working and good things will eventually start to go our way."
Add in the suspension of cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and things have gotten tougher for the beleaguered team. Pugh wouldn't address the suspension specifically but noted that things like this situation happen on almost all teams in the league. Looking past the suspension, Pugh reflected on just how difficult this season has been for the Giants.
"I just know how hard it is to win in the NFL. A lot of guys probably will come in as a young guy, just I thought we would win," Pugh said."We were the New York Giants. They won a Super Bowl two years previously. I thought we were just going to go out there and that was just going to happen and you realize how quickly - we're having a lot of the same games we had last year.
"It's just we're not pulling them out in the fourth quarter. I mean, if you look at it, we've had leads in the fourth quarter in the past three games and legitimately probably thought in each game that we were going to win it and then we lost. So, I mean, that's the NFL."
As for the offense as a whole, the unit will be without Brandon Marshall, Odell Beckham and Dwayne Harris as all three were placed on injured reserve. Pugh said the replacements for those key players filled in admirably, considering those are roles many players are not used to filling.
"It hit home while we were in a two-minute drive and I looked around and we had no one in the huddle," Pugh said. Hats off to the tight ends for going out there and stepping up and going and probably running some routes they haven't ran ever. We have guys playing the No. 1 receiver that's normally a blocking tight end. Hats off to those guys."