David Diehl

The Friday after Thanksgiving is always a laid-back day with very little excitement. This year, there is no excitement in the land of the Giants. They are officially out of the play off picture at 3-8 and are headed into NFL obscurity in a season where most teams are talking about how they can still grab a playoff spot.

The Giants will be practicing today in preparation for their trip to Jacksonville. They will head down to Florida tomorrow to play perhaps one of the NFL's most meaningless games of the year. FOX is only televising the game in the Jacksonville and New York markets, with former Giant David Diehl providing color commentary alongside a play-by-play man that I'm sure most Giant fans have never heard of, Justin Kutcher.

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As per Dave Hutchinson of the Star Ledger, Giants' OL David Diehl is expected to retire rather than continue his career with another club.

Diehl, an 11-year veteran, is expected to announce his retirement in the coming weeks as his body can no longer withstand the pounding in the NFL trenches. He?ll walk away as one of the most durable, toughest and versatile offensive linemen in Giants' history.
One of my personal favorites and also one the best, dyed-in-the-wool true blue Giants of all time. Currently the longest-tenured Giant, all Diehl did was defy the odds as a fifth-round pick out of Illinois in 2003.

He started in all 16 games his rookie season, the first Giant since Mark Bavaro (1985) to do so. Diehl was the only player selected in the 2003 NFL Draft to start every game from 2003-09.

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David Diehl passed all of the strength tests on his hand and has been cleared to take his rightful place on the Giants' offensive line this Sunday vs the Eagles. He will likely start at right guard in place of Chris Snee, but Tom Coughlin has yet to confirm that.

"It?s like riding a bike," Diehl said today when asked about jumping back into action. "This isn?t the first time this has ever happened so I?m excited. I?m excited about the opportunity. Justin (Pugh) and I have been working very hard together the last week, it?s not like I haven?t been working with him, talking through things, trying to help coach him since he first got here so we?ve worked extremely hard watching film, working together, hammering out all the details of everything going into this game. Both of us are excited. As a group, as an offense, as a team ? we?re fired up. If you?re not excited about this game, to play the Eagles, division rival, one of those games that you know is going to be a four-quarter fist fight, we?re pumped up and ready to go."

Should Diehl start at RG, the rest of the lineup would likely be Jim Cordle at center, Kevin Boothe at LG, Will Beatty at LT and Pugh at RT.

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SNY's Gary Apple chats with Giants offensive lineman David Diehl about the team's struggles through the first four weeks of the season.


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Replacing David Diehl has become somewhat of a parlor game for Giant fans the past few years. He's been labeled too slow, too old, overpaid and broken down. He needs to go.

Last year, it looked like his 'haters' might get their wish. Diehl was arrested for DUI in June and and then sprained his MCL in Week Two, forcing him out of action for several weeks. He finished the season with his future uncertain.

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In Rotoworld's rankings of the NFL's top offensive lines, the New York Giants' revamped unit took the fourth spot.

Last year, the Giants' offensive line ranked fourth and second in terms of run blocking rankings, according to Pro Football Focus and Football Outsiders, respectively. Pro Football Focus ranked the unit 18th in pass blocking, but Football Outsiders had the Giants pegged as the third-best in the league.

The Giants return five members of last year's offensive line, including left tackle Will Beatty, who signed a long-term deal to continue protecting Eli Manning's blindside this off-season.

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This off-season, the Giants paid Will Beatty a lot of dough; fitting, as they viewed the 28-year-old lineman as the current and future protector of Eli Manning's blindside.

With the 19th pick in the NFL Draft, the Giants continued their efforts of developing a stealth offensive line by drafting former Syracuse lineman Justin Pugh.

With prospects deliberating about where the first-rounder would fit in, it is apparent the G-Men consider Pugh the future at right tackle.

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A tradition like none other: the Giants turning heads with their draft class.

The Giants had seven picks in this weekend's draft, adding depth to a number of key positions, including offensive and defensive line, running back and the secondary. Of course, a position that remained untouched was linebacker.

From the top:

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It's the morning after, so after a cup (or three) of coffee and maybe even a few hours of sleep, it's time for NFL analysts and reporters to react the Giants' selection of former Syracuse tackle Justin Pugh.

From USA TODAY Sports:

Maybe not a buzzy choice, but it's hard to question the track record of GM Jerry Reese. Pugh played tackle for the Orange but may start out at guard in New York. The Giants' O-line has been getting long in the tooth, and Pugh offers a long-term (if not immediate) solution. He'll have excellent mentors in OL David Diehl and OG Chris Snee, either of whom might be eventually displaced by Pugh. Starting LG Kevin Boothe, who recently got just a one-year deal, should also have his antennae up.
From ESPN:

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As expected, OT David Diehl has agreed to a reduction in pay, freeing up much-needed cap room for the Giants....


From Rotoworld: It's a 77.7 percent reduction. The savings are likely why the Giants were able to re-sign LG Kevin Boothe. Going on 33 and coming off another shaky campaign, Diehl won't be a guaranteed a starting job, but is the favorite to man right tackle come Week 1.

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Giants' OL David Diehl appeared on the NFL Network this evening and said he would be willing to restructure his contract to help the team create cap space to sign other players, most notably WR Victor Cruz.

The only issue? They haven't asked him.

From Tom Rock of Newsday:

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Yesterday, the New York Post reported it was highly unlikely Giants offensive lineman David Diehl and cornerback Corey Webster would remain with the team unless they were willing to restructure their deals.

Well, the odds have changed ... at least for Webster

Center David Baas and Webster have each agreed to take pay reductions in order to stay with the Giants and give the team some much-needed cap space for the off-season.

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It is growing more and more unlikely the New York Giants will be able to retain offensive lineman David Diehl and cornerback Corey Webster, according to the New York Post.

Because of the Giants' salary cap situation, the Giants may not be able to afford the players' salary for the upcoming season.

Webster, 31, is due $7 million in 2013, $9.8 million against the cap, and is entering the final year of his contract. Diehl, 32, is slated to make $4.475 million, a cap hit of about $6.9 million.

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OL David Diehl is trying to turn the corner on a trying year. Injuries and a DUI arrest marred Diehl's 2012 season. The 32 year-old started only nine games last season due to knee problems and other ailments. Veteran Sean Locklear played well enough to pass Diehl on the depth chart before falling to a knee injury himself.

Since the season ended, Diehl has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his knee and has pled guilty to the DUI charges, hopefully putting his legal issues behind him. But his toughest tests may lie ahead. Diehl's Giant career could be hanging by a thread.

From SNYGiants insider Ralph Vacchiano:

Diehl is expected to be ready for the start of offseason workouts on April 15, according to the source......However, it?s unclear if Diehl will still be with the Giants then. He is due a $4.825 million salary in 2013 and carries a salary cap number of a little more than $6.9 million. At the NFL scouting combine last week, Giants GM Jerry Reese declined to say if Diehl is still in the team?s plans or whether he?ll be asked to take a pay cut......Cutting Diehl would clear approximately $4.9 million under the salary cap for the Giants.
Stay tuned. Depending on how the Will Beatty/Kevin Boothe free agency pursuits go, Diehl could be done as a Giant. The best-case scenario for him would be to take a pay cut. Worst-case is he's released.
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Unlike years past, the 2012 Giants offensive live experienced a great deal of shuffling.

For the most part as a unit, the line did a good job of protecting Eli Manning. But the performance against the Atlanta Falcons in the 34-0 loss unfortunately cast a shadow over the line?s normally consistent production.

The problem right now the Giants are facing is that the veteran linemen are getting older but are making a ton of money. David Diehl, Chris Snee and David Baas may all be asked to take pay cuts. It would not be a surprise if the Giants chose to move on from Diehl altogether.

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According to TMZ.com, Giants' OL David Diehl pleaded guilty to DWI in a Queens court today.

The charges stem from his arrest last summer after he smashed his BMW into several parked cars on 31st Street in Astoria after watching a soccer game on TV at a local restaurant.

As per TMZ:

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SNY Giants reporter Mike Garafolo chats with offensive lineman David Diehl about Big Blue's loss to the Washington Redskins.


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There has been a recent plea in Giants Nation for the team to bench right tackle David Diehl.

The veteran offensive lineman, Diehl was sidelined Week 2 with a knee injury and replaced with Sean Locklear through Week 9.

With Locklear at right tackle, the Giants -- coincidentally or not -- went 5-1 and considered his play Pro Bowl-worthy.

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As the New York Giants (6-3) travel to take on the Cincinnati Bengals (3-5), the game will likely come down to the obvious -- will the Giants offense rediscover their mojo? Can Big Blue fix their Swiss Cheese defense? Will A.J. Green continue his impressive sophomore campaign?

With a little help from Pro Football Focus, here are three key match-ups to keep an eye on during this interconference showdown.

Eli Manning v. the Bengals' pass rush

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Giants? offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride met the media Thursday to discuss the team?s offensive outlook heading into Sunday?s contest with the Washington Redskins.

He first commented on Hakeem Nicks?s progress. Nicks practiced this week as he continues to heal from foot and knee injuries.

?He?s getting better,? Gilbride said. ?Unfortunately, it?s a lengthy process getting back to where he was. He is definitely better this week than he was the week before. You?re encouraged by seeing him do some things maybe he couldn?t have done last week. It?s a matter of just continuing to see that growth and return to where he was before he was injured.?

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SNY's Michelle Yu sits down with Giants offensive lineman David Diehl to discuss the win over the Niners and their matchup with Washington.


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The Giants are beginning to get healthier. Last week, Hakeem Nicks made his return to the lineup, and in the coming weeks Kenny Phillips and Rocky Bernard are expected back, too.

Here's the latest on the Giants' injured players:

Chris Canty

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Many of the injured Giants missed practice Wednesday. Of course, it's still very early in the week and veterans don't?need to practice Wednesday in order to suit up on Sunday.

Here's who did not participate in practice:

Martellus Bennett?(knee),?Rocky Bernard?(quadriceps),?Chase Blackburn?(hip),?Andre Brown?(concussion), Hakeem Nicks?(foot, knee),?Kenny Phillips (knee),?Corey Webster?(hand, hamstring).

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Despite both the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles owning 2-1 records, these teams appear to be in different stratospheres right now.

After losing the opener to the Cowboys, the Giants have reeled off two straight wins over the Bucs and Panthers. The Eagles, on the other hand, skid by the Browns Week 1, beat the Ravens and fell to the undefeated Cardinals last week.

Records aside, the panic level in Philly is warranted.

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Giants' OT David Diehl is having an MRI performed on his right knee today to assess the damage sustained early on in yesterday's game vs Tampa Bay. From Newsday's Tom Rock via Sulia:

Tom Coughlin had little on David Diehl injury but confirmed NBC's report from last night that it's at least an MCL:

"That?s the part I do know, but I don?t know the extent and hopefully that?s it," Coughlin said, adding that Diehl would go for an MRI today. "I don?t know anything more." Coughlin would not speculate on whether other ligaments may have been damaged.?

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SNY's Gary Apple sits down with Giants offensive lineman David Diehl to discuss the team's loss to Dallas and David Wilson's fumble.


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SNY Giants reporter Mike Garafolo chats with David Diehl about his position change and preparing for the Cowboys.


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What you need to know this morning.....

WR Hakeem Nicks returned to practice yesterday. Tom Coughlin said he will be bringing Nicks along slowly and did not know if he would play in the upcoming preseason games Friday vs Chicago or Wednesday vs New England.

Coughlin said he had very little information about the injury to RB Ahmad Bradshaw's hand, which suffered a contusion in the game vs the Jets last Saturday.Bradshaw practiced, but his participation was limited. Rookie RB David Wilson will begin seeing more time with the first team, Coughlin said.

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David Diehl was back with the Giants today at minicamp. His arrest for DUI over the weekend is hanging heavy over him right now and he is determined to restore his image and character. Unlike our prediction, he did speak with reporters, and he was remorseful and vowed to take full responsibilty for his actions...

From SNY Giants Insider Mike Garafolo of the Star Ledger:

?My teammates, the coaches, the people in this organization know who I am, they know what I?m all about,? he said. ?For 10 years (with the Giants), being the positive person I am and being the person who?s tried to set a positive example for everybody, this is the one time in my life I can sincerely have that regret where people are going to judge me on that. They?re going to question who I am as a person and a character but the only thing I can do is just like anything in my life, take this head-on.

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The Giants have been active in the news these days, although not all of it good. As they begin their mandatory three-day minicamp at TIMEX today, the weather is supposed to be rainy for the next two days. 90 guys in the fieldhouse? Not much will get done, I imagine..........What to look for this week.....

David Diehl was arraigned yesterday in Kew Gardens. He is charged with two counts of DUI. His next court date is July 26, the first day of Giants training camp in Albany. From Geico SportsNite:

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From David Diehl's Twitter account late Monday afternoon....

Giants OL David Diehl was officially charged with two counts of driving while intoxicated today in Queens. Diehl was arrested last night after being after slamming his BMW into several parked cars.

Diehl, who has Croatian roots, had been watching the soccer match between Croatia and Ireland at a bar in Astoria. He did not attempt to flee the scene and failed a breathalyzer test shortly after the incident.

From SNY insider Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger:

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SNY Giants insider Mike Garafolo weighs in on David Diehl, who was arrested last night on suspicion of DWI

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Giants OL David Diehl was arrested in Queens last night after sideswiping several cars and is under suspicion this morning of driving his BMW while intoxicated....

from the NY Post:

Diehl, 31, a member of both of Big Blue?s recent Super Bowl teams, was driving his black BMW when he struck two vehicles on 35th Avenue near 31st Street in Astoria at around 8:20 p.m., the sources said.....he had been celebrating a few blocks away at Scorpio?s on Broadway while watching a soccer match, allegedly blew a .18 on the Breathalyzer. The legal limit is .08. He was not hurt, and was being held at the 114th Precinct station house early today.
The incident comes just 48 hours after Diehl and the Giants' organization were honored by the President and the US Armed Forces at the White House.

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Live from New York......Eli Manning?is set to host Saturday Night Live tonight.

From the gang at NFL Films....

It?will mark the 35th?time in the show?s 37 year history that a sports-related figure (athlete, coach, broadcaster) has been named a host for the durable comedy-variety series. Manning will be the 10th?host with ties to the NFL.

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Giants' OL David Diehl knows winning means sacrificing. That is why he played the last seven weeks with a broken hand. He had the hand surgically repaired yesterday...

From SNY Insider Mike Garafolo:

The Giants' left tackle, who began the season at guard before moving outside when Will Beatty suffered a detached retina, posted an X-ray on Twitter that showed what appear to besix surgical screws inserted into his hand. Along with the photo, Diehl wrote, "Well it's good to know that my hand and finger are fixed. Does anyone need screws?"
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Mike Garafolo speaks with Giants' LT David Diehl about facing the Cowboys for the right to play in the NFC Playoffs, something the Giants have not done since 2008.

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David Diehl joins Gary Apple in studio to talk about the team's big game against the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday.

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SNY Giants reporter Mike Garafolo talks to offensive lineman David Diehl about Big Blue's matchup with the Green Bay Packers.

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SNY Insider Mike Garafolo is reporting that David Diehl will be moving back to left tackle to fill the void left by Will Beatty, who had surgery Thursday to repair a detached retina and is out indefinitely:

Tom Coughlin wouldn?t confirm whether Diehl or Stacy Andrews would be the Giants? left tackle against the New Orleans Saints, but it will be Diehl, with (Kevin) Boothe taking over at left guard.

"(The coaches) actually said that it wasn?t 100 per cent. I?ve been playing reps,"?Diehl said. "It?s nothing guaranteed. I?ve been taking reps at tackle and at guard. In my career I?ve been a guy who?s moved positions and I?m a guy who can play multiple positions."?

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