A change, perhaps, was needed. Unfortunately, it took a severe injury to LT Will Beatty for change to take place.
Beatty (eye) will be replaced by David Diehl at LT and Kevin Boothe will be inserted at guard. This may not sound like a big deal to Giant fans, but Diehl was the LT on the Giants' 2007 Super Bowl Championship team and Boothe is getting better every time out.
"He’s a core guy in our O-line room,” Diehl said of Boothe as per SNY insider Mike Garafolo. “Obviously, we still give him a hard time about being a Cornell Ivy Leaguer, but he’s a tough guy, he plays through injuries and most importantly he’s one of us, always breaking down film and watching stuff. It’s great to have a guy like that and it’s awesome to have a good friend and teammate stick around.”
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Center David Baas, who just got here four months ago and is still getting a feel for most of his teammates, considers Boothe one of his closest acquaintances. Their relationship got off to a great start when Boothe helped Baas learn the playbook and terminology while they, and all others who signed new contracts, were sitting out the first six days of training-camp practices while the new collective bargaining agreement was officially ratified.Jerry Reese called signing Boothe a "priority" this past offseason. Let's hope he begins to pay off. Boothe's versatility has already helped the Giants out of several jams due to injury this year. This newest test comes at a time when the club needs to right their listing ship.
“I like working with him,” Baas said. “He’s a great guy and I really do appreciate what he did for me. And he still does it.”
“You’ve just got to be willing to do anything you can to help the team win,” said Boothe to Garafolo. “The more you know, the greater your chances are of getting out on the field. Learn everything, prepare hard and be ready at any time because in this game, as you can see, it’s not necessarily football that can lead to guys being out.”
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