Trying to get a real understanding of who goes where when everyone gets a healthy - not from a fans perspective but from the good of the team and based on the Giants tendencies.
Diehl - David has been a warrior for the giants for years and years. Missing a game is as rare as a blue moon for this guy. His health and ability to play through pain is a trait fans have often looked past. His versatility yet another trait fans overlook. Diehl has been asked to play guard, left tacklr and right and done each job serviceably. For a 5th rounder he has been an absolute steal. That said we all know Diehl has started to decline. Pff has ranked him among the worst tackles in the league for a couple of years now. The giants have been very loyal to him and his contract was almost impossible to come off th ebooks this year. Beatty is a draft pick the gmen have been coaching up since 09 and have tried to get him ready for the left tackle spot. Last year he got his feet wet and it seemed he'd be the guy. Injuries have been a factor but beatty has looked good for a game and a half and locklear has been another great find by Reese via the scrap heap FA list. Locklear is more of a natural right tackle. Diehl is needed for depth and as a swing but it looks like he is about to be wally pipped.
Hixon - He has been a great Specials player as a giant. He has nice speed and fairly reliable in route running. Excellent experience with playbook, and can still stretch the field. That said he does not have the upside of barden or randle, and randle has looked very smooth as a punt returner. I think hixon stays in the slot if he comes back this week - otherwise another good effort by barden and randle and he too may get pipped. That said barden plays the x more then the slot so there is also the chance on third down's or 3 wide sets they simply go with barden on the outside and cruz in the slot and hixon gets relegated to punt return duty alone.
AB1 - I love bradshaw - pound for pound he is one of the strongest giants. He is an excellent pass protector (actually one of the best in the league) and is a good receiver as well. Still AB1 has started to develop some bad habits due to a porous oline. He has looked to cut back away from blocks to often and has started to dance/ cut away from blocks a little to early. Still he ain't going anywhere just yet. While AB2 has hit holes decisively its nice problem to have extra backs. AB1 starts and AB2 see's plenty of carries as the number 2 and of one is having more success then the hot hand. Wilson still sees his small package of plays and one day the backfield will be his, for now he continues to do well as a returner - he's gonna break one soon.