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New York Giants’ David Diehl Had Minor Offseason Knee Surgery

February 26th, 2013 at 1:38 PM
By Paul Tierney

'David Diehl' photo (c) 2006, Alexa - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ The New York Giants have had several players receive medical treatment throughout the offseason to clear up minor health issues that plagued their performances in 2012. Chris Snee had work done on his hip, Hakeem Nicks had arthroscopic knee surgery, while David Bass had surgery "on his body". Today, Jenny Vrentas of the Star Ledger reports that David Diehl also had a minor procedure to clean up any lingering issues that arose in his knee this season.

All reports indicate that Diehl will be healthy and ready to go by the start of training camp. However, a lot has to happen between now and then for him to actually be on the roster next season.

Diehl sprained his MCL in a week two matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Perhaps not so coincidentally, the Giants offensive line immediately stabilized during his absence. Sean Locklear moved into the right tackle position and provided reliable protection for Eli Manning to operate. However, because of Diehl's reputation and the Giants coaching staff's reluctance to strip a player of his starting role due to injury, the team decided to reinsert Diehl into the starting in week nine against the Pittsburgh Steelers. His mediocre play resumed and the Giants offense remained inconsistent throughout the season.

Although it's completely unfair to peg the Giants offensive line issues solely upon Diehl, his play this season was a clear indicator that his time as a starting offensive linemen in the NFL is over. He no longer has the strength or explosiveness to consistently keep Manning protected in the pocket, which is a huge liability for the Giants offense. 

However, while Diehl's play has undoubtedly declined over the last two seasons, the Giants would eat $3 million in dead money if they cut him. Diehl is no longer a starting linemen, but his ability to play four of the five positions on the offensive line makes him a valuable asset off the bench. The Giants still have a need for his services; but he is set to make a base salary of $4.45 million next season. That number needs to drop significantly for him to stay on the team.

Ultimately, Diehl will probably find a way to cling onto a roster spot for the duration of the 2013 season. His role will be reduced, his salary will be manageable and he will provide legitimate depth on the line. He also provides veteran leadership and has an intricate knowledge of the Giants blocking schemes. However, he's no longer good enough to hold a prominent role on this offense. If the Giants don't find an answer at right tackle this offseason, we could continue to see inconsistent play from the Giants offensive line in 2013.

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31 Responses to “New York Giants’ David Diehl Had Minor Offseason Knee Surgery”

  1.  TheCatch says:

    Well stated, fair assessment

  2.  KingAndrewXXIII says:

    Have been a big Rhodes fan for a while, but leading up to the draft many were worried about what his 40 time would be and kind of lumped him in as a CB/S hybrid. After running the 40 in 4.41 Rhodes has definitely proved that he can play CB at the next level. With his physicality and size, he has the potential to be a shut-down CB. Reminds me of a Cromartie-Browner hybrid. Even though a guy like Fluker (who I LOVE) could come in and probably start at a high level from day one, you DO NOT pass up playmakers…especially in the secondary. REALLY hope Rhodes falls to us at 19. I don’t think we’ll even sniff one of the top-rated DT or OL in the first round – and with the depth at both of those positions, it makes more sense to grab them later.

    My ideal draft would be:

    1. Xavier Rhodes
    2. Barrett Jones/Kyle Long
    3. Bennie Logan

    •  F0XLIN says:

      I like your draft

      I’d say if Barrett Jones isn’t there in the 2nd look at Brian Winters in the 3rd

      •  Krow says:

        Like Winters a lot.

        •  KingAndrewXXIII says:

          Winters has had a hell of a combine, but is pretty much strictly an interior OL. I do like him though…just not sure he’s on the board when we pick in the third round though. Also like Warford from Kentucky, but he looks to be strictly an inside guy and a top of the second round kind of guy. The reason that I like Kyle Long so much is that he provides immense versatility – played OG at Oregon and they used him at both LT and RT some at the Senior Bowl…and he has great lineage; I think he will prove to be a stud and SHOULD probably be there around when we pick in the second round.

  3.  GOAT56 says:

    I don’t think Diehl is back if he’s not given at least the chance to earn a starting spot. Guys who have been starting for years don’t normally become back ups for that team. These guys have pride.

  4.  Samardzija says:

    We back? Saw a couple of “scouts” say Lane Johnson might have passed Eric Fisher with his combine showing. personally I think thats ridiculous and that Fisher is truly going to be one of the leagues premier LTs. If hes somehow passed by Johnson and slips into the teens Id trade up for him in a heartbeat.

    •  KingAndrewXXIII says:

      Gotta be posturing…Fisher has been talked about as possibly being the best LT in this draft (even better than Joeckel.) I look at Fisher and Joeckel as kind of Luck/RG3 last season; both will be very good pros for a very long time. Johnson is a good player, but still a little raw and is certainly the next tier of player compared to those two.

    •  Krow says:

      If they reup Beatty … and are still high on Brewer … then there’s no way we take a tackle high.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        I don’t see any of the top 3 OTs falling to us. With Johnson and Fisher gaining momentum the chance they had of falling to us became almost zero. Highly rated LTs go in the top half of the first round. It seems the realistic draft choices are down to CB and DT. TE was a huge stretch anyways and none performed well enough to justify a pick at #19 similar to LBs. DE according to Mayock is an overrated class and we don’t need one. There doesn’t seem to be a great value at DE with the 19th pick. One of the highly rated guards could slip to us but with the guard group being a sneaky deep one I don’t think a first rounder is required.

        That brings us to CB and DT. Both are huge needs as far as starters and depth. CB isn’t as big of one if we keep Webster but that’s still likely for only one year and we need a high talent for depth at 4th CB this year and to start or play slot CB next year. DT is clearly a need but we do have bodies in Joseph, Rodgers, Austin and Kuhn. So the key isn’t another rotation player at DT, we probably need a starting level player for 2013. DT is a position that usually suffers from a huge transition to the pros. Plus as Krow pointed out there are many first round bust. Plus there appears to very good depth at DT and not much star power after the top 3 DTs who will likely be gone by #19.

        To me all of this points to us selecting a CB if one of the top 3 are available at #19. After the combine it seems that Rhodes and Trufant are pretty clearly the #2 and #3 CBs after Millner. The chances of one of them falling down to us seem to me to rest on the #13-#15 pick with TB, Car and NO. They all could use CBs but they all have other needs as well. Miami at #12 could be added to that mix as well if the don’t re-sign Smith. Of course free agency will settle some of this. But if none of the top 3 CBs are available, I would really try to trade down to the end of the first round. This draft has depth but it seems to me if we re-sign Beatty and belief in Brewer then CB is the only position we really get true value and need if it’s a top 3 CB at #19.

  5. Anthony Raiaaxr29 says:

    I’ve loved Rhodes since he first came into FSU. Now that we know he has the speed, the Giants should say a prayer that he his there at 19. Guy will be perfect opposite Prince and with Hosley in the slot we will have a nice trio.

    Having a corner that can play like Rhodes and play just as physical and run just as fast as the Julio Jones’ of the league will do wonders for this defense.

  6.  TroyThorne says:

    This safety class is pretty damn good. I know it’s not necessarily an area of need for us immediately but a good player is going to be there in rounds 2 and 3 if we’re looking towards the future (Stevie Brown and Antrel Rolle’s contracts are ending soon).

    Lots of good CBs in this draft as well. Deep as hell throughout.

    •  rlhjr says:

      Agree 100%
      The kid from Florida makes plays on the ball like a eliet wide reciever.
      And he’s thick and hits a ton.

  7.  rlhjr says:

    I would love to see Richardson become a Giant. Kid can play inside and out if they want him to. I saw video where he was playing too upright.
    But that same film shows him making plays from DT like a linebacker would make. Very similar to JPP in that respect. They both seem able to make plays against the run that simply make your jaw drop.

    Since Star has been (i think) cleared of a heart problem, we can hope.
    But (IMHO) no Richardson or equal DT at 19 means Reese takes an elite corner.
    Taking another DE would not be very smart again IMHO.

    Taking one of the space eating DT would make since only if the Giants had a stellar linebacker corps. One that would take advantage of the attention paid to the two brutes in the middle to make plays vs the run game and on blitz schemes.

    The Giants do not possess that type of linebacking, so they must have at least one DT capable of turning up the heat on the QB up the gut.

    •  shmitty013 says:

      Richardson is 100% my top choice. And you’re right that he sometimes stands up too tall and can get washed out. Pretty much the biggest knock and maybe the only knock against him. Pretty easily corrected once he gets to the NFL level I would think.

      And I’ve been trying to find confirmation about Star’s health issue being nothing more than dehydration, but haven’t found anything yet. Only thing I saw I posted yesterday about it either being that or the fact that he lost 10lbs in 3 days prior to the combine.

      •  KingAndrewXXIII says:

        No shot that we get anywhere NEAR Richardson.

        •  shmitty013 says:

          Don’t be so sure. Pick 19, as Krow pointed out, is right on the cusp of where guys tend to fall. 2 years ago it was where we were when Prince fell and no one thought he would fall that far. He was being thought of as a top 10 pick by many. Richardson is top 15. A lot depends on what the deal is with Star, but definitely a chance Richardson drops.

          •  KingAndrewXXIII says:

            I can promise you that IF, by some small chance, that Richardson is on the board at 18 when the Cowboys pick that they will grab him. He will not be there at 19.

            •  shmitty013 says:

              It’s Jerry Jones. For all we know, the guy could draft Matt Barkley and cut Romo. Also, there’s 3 top DTs. 2 could still be available by the time the Cowboys pick. It’s unlikely, but nothing is impossible when you’re talking about the draft. Hell, Reese could do something he’s never done and trade up in the 1st round. There is absolutely no way you can definitively say any player won’t be available until he actually gets drafted. It’s improbable, but after seeing Prince fall into our laps, I won’t count anything out.

  8.  rlhjr says:

    Kujo and Foxlin;

    ALL THE BEST TO YOU AND YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER. CONGRATULATIONS!
    AND MAY GOD BLESS.

  9.  Krow says:

    Watched SB 42 … I forgot how dominating our DL was.

  10.  TroyThorne says:

    I know we’re all about the draft right now (and for good reason) but a name to keep an eye on in the FA market is Brent Grimes. He’s a beast of a CB who tore his achilles in week 1. Rumors are saying he’s looking for a one-year “prove it” deal that we are so familiar with. Could be an interesting option, just saying.

    •  KingAndrewXXIII says:

      Wouldn’t mind this if it was on a “cheap” deal, but I have a feeling many CB needy teams would pay more than we would for his services.

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