David Diehl has spent most of his Giants career blocking for a select few Giants running backs. Tiki Barber, Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward, Ahmad Bradshaw. All of them, now that Bradshaw has been released this offseason, are former Giants.
Assuming Diehl doesn’t join their ranks as past-tensers by the time the 2013 season starts, he’ll be blocking for newer running backs. Second-year player David Wilson is expected to become the team’s starter and he’ll be backed up by Andre Brown and Da’Rel Scott along with whoever the Giants add in free agency and the draft.
Diehl said he’s not worried.
“David Wilson obviously is going to be getting the ball a lot,” Diehl told Newsday. “We’ve seen the impact that once David Wilson understood not only the running game but the blitz packages and the pickups and those types of things, his understanding of the offense, you definitely saw the talent and what he’s able to bring to a team.”
Diehl’s concern is more about who will be behind Wilson on the depth chart. The Giants have used a two-back rotation for most of Tom Coughlin’s tenure with the team and that is expected to continue.
“We’re going to see who else is going to evolve into the guy behind him,” Diehl said. “Andre Brown is coming off of injuries, Da’Rel Scott is coming off an injury too, so that’s something that’s going to have to be addressed.”
Diehl himself is coming off an injury. As he recovers from having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, he’s spending a lot of time in physical therapy rooms, in hot and cold tubs, and running on underwater treadmills. Sometimes those ventures can be just as dangerous as the hazards he faces on the field that led him to the surgery.
Fighting off microscopic enemies can be just as hard as facing 350-pound defensive linemen.
“Look at what just happened at the Senior Bowl with the tight end Ryan Otten out of San Jose State,” Diehl said. “He got caught with Staph infection at the Senior Bowl and thought he was going to die.”
Diehl spoke to Newsday on Tuesday on behalf of Clear Gear Sports Spray, an EPA-registered disinfectant spray that helps reduce the risk of MRSA, Staph and other infections that lurk in locker rooms, training rooms and sports equipment around the country.
“It’s an easy spray that you can put on any shoulder pad, helmet, knee pad, hockey equipment, wrestling mats, hot tubs, cold tubs,” Diehl said. “It can go on any type of surface.”
Diehl said he’s been using the product for over a year, and he became intrigued by it after several cases of Staph were diagnosed in the Cleveland Browns locker room. The product is available online at cleargearspray.com and will be in retail stores soon.
“This is a spray that puts you one step ahead,” Diehl said. “By just putting it on your equipment it make the athlete feel safe.”