The results speak for itself as New York stomped Seattle in a 41-7 rout. However, as mentioned earlier this evening, the victory had casualties. Both Diehl and Adam Koets (who spelled Seubert multiple times at C), suffered injuries. While the severity of the injuries are still unknown, the theme will likely be recurring in the near future.
Shaun O'Hara is not getting any younger or healthier. A Pro Bowler, team leader, and local product, O'hara has been a key member of the organization since arriving in 2005. Now, he is out indefinitely with a similar injury to the one that ended Strahan's 2006 campaign prematurely. It is not likely that the Giants will continue to pay out a Pro Bowler's salary in 2011 for an ailing player. Moving to the left, Seubert has enjoyed a resurgence so far this season. After experiencing a sharp drop off in his level of play last year, the longest tenured Giant has helped Ahmad Bradshaw become one of the top backs in the league. That said, he too is not getting any younger. Entering the NFL in 2001, Seubert missed a season in a half when he broke his leg during a 2003 showdown with Philadelphia. Seubert reentered the starting lineup in 2007 and has been a stalwart since.
It is quite conceivable that Seubert will remain with the Giants for another season, but when it is time to fill his spot, Mitch Petrus should be a welcome addition. An Arkansas graduate, the rookie G is built just like Seubert. Displaying unbridled passion and intensity, Petrus can be seen running down the sidelines to encourage Giants ball carriers as they advance downfield. Today he could be seen sprinting to the huddle to take his first regular season snaps in an offensive formation. Petrus figures to be the next guard to play opposite Snee.
The tackle spots will become clearer after the season. Will Beatty has been a disappointment thus far and perhaps this has bought Kareem McKenzie more time in blue. Shawn Andrews may have something to say about that though. Andrews played well in his starting debut and if Diehl can avoid more struggles, there just may be Diehl-Andrews bookends for the O-line in '11.
You know, I love speculation, but it was interesting to see a glimpse of several players at different spots yesterday.