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David Diehl welcomes the competition from 1st-round pick Justin Pugh, and offers some advice: "That's part of ...
... being in the NFL. It is about competition and competing,” Diehl said. “There are always going to be new guys coming in. It definitely does bring competition and that does nothing but help your football team win games.”
As for advice for Pugh, Diehl said “Everybody is going to talk about the speed of the game. That is number one. In the pros, you are playing up against the best of the best, week in and week out. It is about being quick with your reaction time, not being late. In college, if you are a split second late on a blitz pickup, you could still react and be able to adjust to it. In the pros, it’s that split second and it is over. It is education, being a student of the game. When you’re a rookie, they’re going to try and throw whatever they can at you and use it to their advantage. As a rookie, you can’t sit here and use youth as an excuse. It is not, because the other 10 guys in the huddle are counting on you to do your job. And, most importantly, know what you are doing each and every play.” #NYG