Former Giants offensive lineman and two-time Super Bowl champion David Diehl sees an entirely different Giants team this year.
And though they were one of the leagues' worst at 3-13, Diehl is confident the new pieces this season will generate more wins.
"You're going to be looking at a completely different offense," Diehl told NJ.com's Matt Lombardo. "Now you have Saquon Barkley, to Will Hernandez, to Nate Solder, and now coming back with a healthy Odell Beckham Jr., you're looking at a dangerous offense that can do a lot of things."
The defense also added what the team hopes will be key contributors in LB Alec Ogletree and LB Kareem Martin through free agency as well as OLB Lorenzo Carter and RT B.J. Hill through the draft.
The Giants' coaching staff has seen a dramatic change as well, with head coach Pat Shurmur in charge this season. But, with all the speculation on how Shurmur is going to call plays for Big Blue this season, he believes one man in particular is being left out.
"A lot of people have been talking about Pat Shurmur coming in , and we know the success that he was able to have in Minnesota, but people aren't talking enough about [offensive coordinator] Mike Shula, who was the offensive coordinator in Carolina who was able to use Christian McCaffrey unbelievably last year," Diehl said. "Add that Saquon Barkley piece along with an upgraded offensive line and Eli Manning, a veteran quarterback like he is, I know it's giong to be a completely different season and it's going to be an incredibly competitive football team."
Barkley will certainly be a point of emphasis this season as the Giants passed up on a potential quarterback of the future by taking the Penn State product No. 2 overall. It showed the Giants' continued faith in Manning, who is a fierce competitor in Diehl's eyes after their time on the field together.
"Obviously I have a biased opinion about Eli Manning after blocking for him for over 10 years and winning two Super Bowls with him," Diehl said. "There was no greater or fiercer competitive than Eli Manning. The way that he approaches the game, and carries himself in that locker room and off of the field around everybody, you know he has a lot of years left. I think he has at least two or three really good years."
From Barkley and Hernandez in the draft to Solder and Ogletree in free agency, it is clear what Giants GM Dave Gettleman's mindset is. He doesn't want any rebuild that will take time. Instead, he wants to win now, and that is always the vibe Diehl got when both were a part of the Giants in the past.
"I've known Dave Gettleman for 17 years," Diehl said, "For seven straight years, I'd have a cup of coffee at the facility each morning with him, and Dave's a straight shooter. You don't always like that as a football player, because sometimes the truth hurts. But, he's tried and true New York Giant and all he wants to do is get that team back to a championship level."
Winning now instead of later is exactly what Gettleman is going for, and after all the moves he has made to rejuvenate the Giants this offseason, Diehl thinks it will pan out in 2018.