Diehl pleased with progress of O-line

August, 10, 2011
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The Giants' offensive line has undergone a major transformation this preseason. Gone are veteran stalwarts Shaun O'Hara and Rich Seubert. They have been replaced by David Baas and Will Beatty. And longtime starter David Diehl has shifted from left tackle to left guard, to make way for Beatty.

But Diehl said on Wednesday that the new offensive line is coming along very nicely so far.

"I think we're doing a good job of playing with one another," Diehl said. "It's just the communication and getting those things worked out."

On Baas, the team's new center, who was signed as a free agent from the 49ers, Diehl said: "David Baas is doing a great job of stepping in and really getting involved in the offense. It's nice to have a veteran coming in, who's very familiar with the terminology and language."

On Beatty, who was a reserve with the Giants in his first two years in the league, Diehl said: "I see him stepping up. This is his opportunity to play. He's working extremely hard, learning from (offensive line) coach (Pat) Flaherty, going through the techniques."

Diehl, an eight-year NFL veteran, has spent his entire career with the Giants. He has played in 124 out of a possible 128 regular-season games, starting each and every one of them. He has played various positions along the offensive line -- but after starting at the glamorous left-tackle position in recent years, some thought he would be insulted by the Giants moving him back to guard.

Diehl hardly sounded insulted on Wednesday. "They moved me, it's because we want to put our five best guys out on the field," Diehl said. "Obviously with Rich and Sean gone, adjustments have to be made, people have to be moved. I do it because the Giants believe in me, and know that I can do it, and also you gotta do what's best for the team. If moving me to guard we're gonna win more games and have a better group out there, so be it."

As for the Giants fans out there who are worried that this new offensive line won't have enough time to gel this preseason, Diehl has a message for you:

"We're doing everything now, and will continue to do everything we need to do to be ready. Because to have a good offense, you have to have a successful offensive line, a group that's connected and can play together. So I have no worries at all, because I know we're gonna take every step we need to. Whether it's doing extra things on the field, watching extra film, doing extra talking, all that stuff."

The Giants' revamped O-line is clearly another unit to keep a close eye on in the team's first preseason game, on Saturday night against the Panthers.
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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