That was before the injury bug struck the usually rock-solid Giants' line. Starting guards Chris Snee (knee) and Rich Seubert (hand) were ruled out of last night's game against the Jets. The Giants were forced to turn to Plan B.
That plan shifts Diehl from his current position of left tackle over to guard and inserts second-year pro Will Beatty in at tackle. This is something the Giants would like to see done on permanent basis, but when all their lineman are healthy, Beatty hasn't shown that he's a better tackle than Diehl as of yet.
Diehl was asked if the potential of making that permanent move had prepared him for last night's assignment.
"The most important thing during camp and preseason is that you get your reps, you get your work," said Diehl, who will turn 30 next month.
Diehl has excelled at tackle and now is being asked to moved back to his old position, but he understands the Giants' current predicament on the line. "This is the most reps I've had at guard since '06".
"With the guard situation, guys getting hurt, sometimes you gotta do it. The team comes before yourself. That's the way I've always been, so they asked me to play it, so I'm going to play it. I'm going to go out there and do my best."