David Diehl would have liked a smoother transition to left guard than negotiations over a new CBA afforded him.
But, through a little cramming and a lot of talking, the Giants' left tackle of the last four seasons said he's transitioning back to his old left guard spot in as seamless a fashion as possible.
"It's definitely an adjustment for me," Diehl said. "I'm playing a completely different position. Obviously, the schedule and the way things are put in are a lot different than camps in the past, but it makes every rep you get that much more important. You only get a limited number of reps now."
Diehl is taking that one step to his right because the Giants released Rich Seubert the day camp started. And with free agent David Baas taking over for the likewise released Shaun O'Hara at center, and Will Beatty moving in at starting left tackle, it's safe to say those three could have used a full offseason of class work and OTAs.
But that wasn't the case. So now, Diehl and his new mates are doing a lot more talking than usual. Film work has also taken on increased importance, since the elimination of two-a-days has put a premium on practice reps.
"The schedule is the way Coach Coughlin laid it out for us," Diehl said. "It just makes you feel how important each and every day you come out here is because you don't have those two practices."
But Diehl thinks they'll be ready, despite the cramming and playing catchup on the physical end of things.
"We're doing a lot of verbal communication and getting things hammered out here," he said, looking into Saturday's preseason opener in Carolina. "We're looking forward to playing some live action. You're using so much verbal communication, and our D-linemen have been around us for so long that you're kind of giving them an advantage."We're gonna do whatever we have to to get things right." He said the physical is the least of the worries.
"Are you kidding?" Diehl said. "We're just coming off six full-padded days in a row, so I think we're getting the hitting in. The more you play, the more you get adjusted. I think all of us, by now, are adjusted. We've done our inside run drills, all those things."
Assuming all goes according to plan, Diehl expects the left side to be in good shape despite the offseason upheavel.
"If moving me to guard means we're going to win more games, then so be it," he said.