Giants G Justin Pugh believes the team's offensive line is "heading in the right direction" as the regular season approaches.
Pugh highlighted the success the team has had in practice and in the preseason opener while stressing the importance of carrying it over to games. The Steelers recorded three sacks against the Giants offense in the preseason opener on Friday.
"Just watching the game film, we're doing some good things," Pugh said. "I'm excited about going out there this week and getting some game action."
The Giants will face the Browns on Monday before wrapping up their preseason against the Jets and Patriots. All three of the remaining games will be played within an 11-day span before the Giants have 10 days of rest ahead of the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys on September 10. Pugh hopes the team finishes the preseason slate on a high note.
"For your confidence, it's definitely a positive, it's a bonus, but we want to go out there and make sure we're doing the things to keep ascending, building things the right way," he said. "You don't want to put much out there; we have meaningful games come September. We also want to have that confidence rolling over; to have some successful plays and run the plays you want to run and execute them the right way. Make some good blocks and have some nice catches; those are definitely going to help us."
The Giants finished with the 29th-ranked rushing offense in 2016, averaging 88 yards rushing per game. Pugh wants the offensive line to do its part to help improve those numbers and put the team in better position to score touchdowns.
"We have to be more efficient and more consistent when we get down into the green zone," Pugh said. "Running the ball is going to help us do that. I'm excited because that first play (in the Pittsburgh game) actually had two guys run into each other. It was literally just bad luck. If we wouldn't have had that, that play would've hit too. It's something good to build off of, but obviously getting some playmakers out there and having the full offense with all those weapons out there will deter some of those defenses from dropping an extra safety in the box or doing some of those things."