It’s now been two games since Diehl slid from guard to tackle
, where he played most of the previous four seasons, to bail out the Giants
after Will Beatty suffered a detached retina.
In those games, the Giants have scored 59 total points, have allowed only two sacks after giving up an average of two per game the first 11 weeks and have run for 4.1 yards per carry, including an 11-yard gain behind Diehl and Jake Ballard against the Green Bay Packers.
As always with the offensive line, it’s about more than Diehl. But having him at a key position has helped a battered unit, and this weekend, he’ll be facing the league’s leading sacker and an old nemesis in DeMarcus Ware.
Good thing for him he took the time to get comfortable.
“You’re doing stuff practicing, but there’s nothing like that game speed, playing in that atmosphere,” Diehl said. “That second half, it was just getting back to being comfortable, getting back to taking your sets.
“And when you do it on the road, it ain’t the easiest thing, especially playing in the Superdome. It’s loud and crazy and it’s a silent count half the time in your first game.”
It was a little easier this past Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Diehl gave up zero sacks and, by an unofficial count, only two pressures on 41 pass plays. Meanwhile, he made life easier for left guard Mitch Petrus in his first NFL start and also helped Cordle along when he served as a tight end.
“You can’t screw up if you listen to David Diehl,” Petrus said. “He’s going to make the right call.”