Excerpt: "David Deihl has stood in the Giants’ offensive huddle for 10 years, but a couple of weeks ago he needed directions to find his proper spot.
For the first time in his career, Diehl wasn’t in the back with the offensive linemen. Because he was to line up as an extra tight end, he was a row closer to Eli Manning.
“The first time in practice it was a little strange,” Diehl said. “Asking the tight ends and the running backs to move over and being right in front of Eli during calls, it’s a little bit different than being on the outside looking in. But when you’re doing that stuff, you’re focused in and you’re doing your job.”
That’s what Diehl has done throughout his career. He has always been the Giants’ good soldier, probably never more so than in the last two weeks.
The versatile offensive lineman started the first 142 regular season and 11 postseason games in his 10-year career. Then he suffered a knee injury against Tampa Bay on Sept. 16 that forced him to miss three games. When he was ready to return, Sean Locklear was in his spot at right tackle, the offensive line was helping the backs run for almost 400 yards in two games and not allowing a sack in three. The coaches didn’t want to tinker with a successful combination, so Diehl found himself in two unusual roles – as a reserve and as a tight end." Read more...