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QB Ryan Nassib showed poise against Pittsburgh.
Former college teammates at Syracuse, offensive lineman Justin Pugh and quarterback Ryan Nassib, can both consider themselves winners. Pugh, a first-round selection, returned to practice on Monday after suffering a concussion on Aug. 1, and Nassib, a fourth-round selection, received some unexpected praise.
The time off has certainly set Pugh back in the race for the starting right tackle spot, but the versatile blocker got some work at left tackle on his first day back, and Coughlin said Pugh "seemed to have no issues," according to ESPN New York. Although he is only a rookie, Pugh could end up being a very valuable asset, even as a backup.
Nassib himself classified his NFL debut as a "rough start," via Newsday, but maybe it was not as bad as he originally pictured it—at least offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride seems to think so. Gilbride said Nassib, who completed just one of four attempts and was sacked twice, played "pretty well," according to The Star-Ledger. He even insinuated that Nassib could eventually take the backup role from David Carr.