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New York Giants’ David Diehl “[Right Knee] Hampered My Play Last Season”

February 28th, 2013 at 6:45 AM
By Casey Sherman

'David Diehl' photo (c) 2006, Alexa - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ Last season made it clear a long career in the NFL is beginning to take a tole on David Diehl's body. He struggled to play at the high level he is used to, and now the New York Giants offensive lineman admits injuries played a large roll in last season's poor production.

Diehl appeared as a guest on Sirius XM Radio's NFL talk show when he admitted he playing through injuries kept his from playing as well as he's accustomed to.

"But am I the only NFL athlete that plays through injuries? Absolutely not," he said this morning on SiriusXM NFL Radio's Opening Drive. "That’s part of playing the game and part of being an offensive lineman. You want to be tough. You’ve got to be a tough guy and you’ve got to fight through injuries. Was I healed when I was playing? Absolutely not. But what NFL player is out there playing at full health. I think the only time you’re really 100 percent is the day before training camp. From that point on you’re doing whatever you can to maintain your body."

The knee injury originally occurred in week three of the season against the Carolina Panthers, and required arthroscopic surgery shortly after their season ended. The 32-year-old veteran plans to rehab at the TIMEX Performance Center, and expects to be ready by the start of offseason workouts.

Diehl appeared to have played every position on the offensive line last season (save center), and at one point he lost his starting job to Sean Locklear, who proved to be more reliable until he too was sidelined by injuries. He has been a staple for the Giants' offensive line his entire career and will look to come back strong this season to prove he still has what it takes to compete as a starter in the NFL.

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19 Responses to “New York Giants’ David Diehl “[Right Knee] Hampered My Play Last Season””

  1.  Krow says:

    Niggah pleeze.

  2.  The Original G Man says:

    Gil Brandt’s latest mock draft. Appears he forgot to take his meds again:

    http://www.nfl.com/draft/2013/mock-drafts/gil-brandt/165254

    Bjoern Werner going #2? Is Brandt unaware the NFL held a combine last week? Werner and Manti Te’o were the 2 biggest “stock drops” of the whole show.

    Oh, and Star Lotuleilei falls into the 2nd round??

    •  The Original G Man says:

      PS – We passed on Jarvis Jones to take Alec Ogletree.

    •  Krow says:

      Every week someone predicts a stock market crash. If it doesn’t happen then it’s all forgotten. If it does then you’re famous. A free shot with a big upside … and zero downside.

  3.  Krow says:

    So there are two players who figure to have a big impact on both free agency and the draft … James Brewer and Adrien Robinson. ROT and TE respectively.

    Brewer is a two-year experiment. If he’s ready to play then both OTs are set. If not then we have a large hole that will definitely need attention.

    Robinson was touted as having a unique skill set. If he’s learned enough of the pro game then we’ll probably pass on Bennett. This will free up around $4 mil in cap space, and helps positions us to extend/sign Nicks and Cruz.

    There’s no buzz on either of these players. Only the team management knows the verdict. But we’ll be able to infer it by their actions.

    If they sign a bargain tackle … or draft one high … then we can assume the Brewer experiment isn’t working out as planned.

    If they try to sign Bennett (or any experienced FA TE)then Robinson needs another year.

    My guess … they go with both of them. Let Bennett walk. Maybe pick up a low level vet or a late draft selection. Depend on Robinson working his way into the lineup … at first splitting time with the Bear. Restructure Diehl downward using him as insurance.

    I still feel an OG could be in the picture somewhere. Boothe is just ‘a guy’ … decent, but average. They won’t bend over to retain him. And Snee is physically in a bad place. A mid-level FA OG … or a #2/3 draft pick … or both … would not surprise me.

  4.  shmitty013 says:

    Ironically, last year he actually played better than the previous few. So this knee injury didnt make him a scrub. He’s been one for a while.

  5.  Samardzija says:

    Waiting to see Daniel Jeremiah and Greg Cosells mock drafts. The two best talent evaluators in the media imo…

  6.  The Original G Man says:

    Wow …

    @TomRock_Newsday
    One familiar name to keep in mind as the Giants look to add some post-Canty depth at DT: Former Giant Jay Alford.

  7.  F0XLIN says:

    The Huddle Report updated 2/27

    New York Giants
    Robby Esch
    #19 DJ Fluker

    Drew Boylhart
    #19 Barrett Jones

  8.  Dirt says:

    To further my ramblings from last night:

    MFers are flirting with Strahan’s sack record almost annually now. And those guys are doing it against elite tackles along the way. The Pats have a pretty good offensive line, some would argue they have a borderline HOF tackle, and they got straight up r8ped by our defensive ends en route to a title.

    Meanwhile, Eli Manning sitting there with David Diehl protecting him as he wins two championships, all the while as annually one of the least sacked quarterbacks in the league.

    This tells me it’s the system, so much more than the quality of the players, that keeps Eli clean, in this offense.

    So, perhaps Reese feels like LT quality in the draft is so poor that there’s no way he could grab an NFL starter. So poor as in worse than David Diehl poor. Or he’s way overpaid for the position.

    Again, that’s no knock on Beatty, he’s good, he’s “worth it”, but I just don’t think LT is worth it on our cap strapped team.

    •  jfunk says:

      I sort of agree with you, but think the Beatty deal is a good one all details considered.

      He’s our best linemen regardless of position right now. Top GUARDS have gotten that kind of money in recent seasons.

      You don’t want the whole line in flux all the time. We’re in the home stretch of Eli’s career now. I don’t think locking up our single best talent along the o-line for the rest of the Eli era at $7M/per is a questionable decision.

      We now need to find some young cheap talent to go with him so we know that we will need to pay a FA price tag for maybe only one more lineman at any point remaining in Eli time.

      •  Dirt says:

        That’s a fair point. Both sides are valid, really. I’m not furious by the signing by any stretch – yet; we’ll see who has to go to make it happen.

        I guess time will tell if the experiment in big money LT pays off as well as the dumpster fire at LT paid off.

  9.  jfunk says:

    Krow –

    Going back to your salary cap management musings, re: expensive positions. QB, LT, DE, WR, CB. (Sorry for going back so far, but haven’t been able to post a lot lately).

    You’re absolutely right in that you must get production out of guys on rookie contracts to be successful here. You simply can’t pay enough proven players market rate at these positions and field a team, it’s financially impossible.

    However, where I differ from what I perceived to be your previous point, is that it’s impossible to choose one of those positions (especially QB) as the one where you’ll make that happen. You don’t know when the opportunity to get a top player at one of these spots will present itself, so you can’t skimp on paying a guy when you have the chance.

    What you do is always draft those players when they’re available to you. That way your own veterans about to be paid are now expendable, OR you now don’t need to go pay big in FA to fill the void.

    But that doesn’t mean you PREDICT you will fill a spot with a draft pick in the future at one of those key spots and let the sure thing go to save the money. You can’t because you don’t know when you’ll get that chance. Teams like Washington, Seattle, and Indianapolis are lucky to have a guy at the most important and expensive position that can produce for them on his rookie deal. That doesn’t mean that not paying one of those guys should become part of a team’s strategy. If you are lucky enough to have a guaranteed asset there, you have to pay him.

    Bottom line is I agree with the basic point that you need rookie contract production somewhere in those spots to be successful. However, I think the way to make that happen is to constantly draft those positions high whenever the opportunity is there (regardless of your current roster), not to refuse to pay the talent you know you have under the assumption that you will be able to replace them in the draft.

  10.  F0XLIN says:

    I wok up this morning and decided I am jumping on Kujo’s 3 year old band wagon full time. One of the best weapons in defeating the high paced NFL offenses which the Giants will face more and more is ball control, long sustained drives, and keeping it out of the other teams hands.

    I’ve been in agreement that our O line has left much to be desired over the past couple years but JR found decent stop gaps… it’s time to address it, and with that I say Roll Tide

    1st Round DJ Fluker
    2nd Round Barrett Jones

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