NFL news roundup: Justin Pugh competing for a starting spot in New York


The Giants are potentially looking at their first-round pick to start at right tackle.

A big part of any NFL season is position battles, and it looks like the Giants have one developing at right tackle. First-round pick Justin Pugh will reportedly compete with David Diehl and James Brewer for the starting spot. Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said that they had added young blood, but was noncommittal about how soon they might be depending on Pugh.

The 2013 free-agent class was a bit light on big-name linebackers, but 2014 should be different. Adam Stites took a look at what some of the linebacker contracts looked like this year and who's likely on the market next year, including Brian Cushing and Brian Orakpo.

There weren't any official developments in the Aaron Hernandez case over the weekend, but a photo did make the rounds of Mike and Maurkice Pouncey wearing "Free Hernandez" hats while out partying.

The Broncos had until Monday to sign franchise-tagged Ryan Clady to a long-term deal, and they managed to beat that deadline on Sunday afternoon. They signed the tackle to a five-year, $52.5 million dollar deal, nailing down Peyton Manning's blind-side protection.

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