LT Challenger

While it's almost certain that David Diehl will start the season at left tackle, Guy Whimper would like the opportunity to have something to say about that.

Coach Tom Coughlin refused to shed much light on his most important offensive line position and it continues to seem more and more likely that the Giants might have a LT-related move up their sleeves. But for now the depth chart reads Diehl, then Whimper.

"It's a competition no matter who it is," Whimper said. "I think I got more attention (this offseason). Doing the little stuff goes a long way."

New York drafted Whimper out of East Carolina in the fourth round of last year's draft. They liked him then and still do. But is he ready to handle the all-important left tackle slot? He'd like to think so.

"I've gotten a whole lot better from this point last year," the 6-4, 304-pounder said. "I was like a little lost puppy dog. I still have more work to do but I feel like I can go out there and compete."

Coughlin also mentioned rookie Adam Koets among those in the LT mix, but it's unlikely at best that Koets will even come close to lining up at left tackle this season.

Whimper will be the first to admit the high amount of pressure involved in protecting Eli Manning's blind side. But he says he welcomes it.

"It is a lot of pressure, but I like pressure," he said.

Again, Diehl's the main man for now. But Whimper is only an injury or a strong training camp away from landing the OL's biggest prize…

After Monday's OTA, Coughlin admitted that having a healthy Sinorice Moss back was almost like having an extra early-round draft choice.

"He looks very quick," Coughlin said. "He's been outstanding from an attitude standpoint. It's a bonus."…

Coughlin also stated that the more offseason work converted linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka receives, the better.

"This is good for him," he said. "This gives him the added advantage that he needs."

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