One of the situations we were all monitoring as we headed into training camp two weeks ago was the evolution of the offensive line. There was a lot of talk about moving David Diehl into guard and plopping Will Beatty out at left tackle.
Well, because of injuries to starting guards Rich Seubert (hand) and Chris Snee (knee), the Giants wound up making such a move. Rather than start two inexperienced guards, the Giants decided to go with only one – Guy Whimper on the right side next to tackle Kareem McKenzie – and moved Diehl in to take Seubert’s place.
Diehl, who played every snap of the Pro Bowl at left tackle in January, never even saw that position in lMonday night’s preseason opener.
“It is a little bit (frustrating),” he said. “The most important thing during training camp and during the preseason is that you get the reps, and the work. At the guard situation with guys getting hurt, sometimes you have to do what you’ve always done. The team comes before yourself, and that’s how it’s always been. They ask me to play, and I’m going to go out there and do my best.
“I get reps during camp and stuff like that, but this is the most guard I’ve had since I switched,” said Diehl, who has started at four of the five line positions in his Giants career. “Just got to go out there, evaluate, and learn from it.”
Speaking of learning from it, Beatty got the start at left tackle.
“I got a lot of reps tonight,” the second-year player said. “I’m sure the coaches are going to evaluate the film. Hopefully I did some good things that they will be pleased with. I know there are some areas that I need to work on.”
Beatty also said having Diehl next to him on the field was helpful.
“I know we had some guys down, but it was really great working with David tonight,” he said. “Here he is playing guard next to me, and I’m playing the position that he played last year. So it was great having him next to me. He has all of that information from last year. I get to use that and feed off of that. He was a big help. We were talking the whole time.”
I’m sure it was a very pleasant conversation.