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Practice recap: Diehl back at LT and happy

David Diehl reiterated before practice that he wants to start at left tackle and believes he should be the starter there.

Diehl has played the first two preseason games at left guard while Rich Seubert and Chris Snee were out with injuries.

“It’s definitely something that I want to have happen,” Diehl said. “It’s been unfortunate having Chris and Rich out that I’ve had to play a different position,” Diehl said.

On Monday, Diehl was back at his starting left tackle spot with Snee and Seubert back at practice. Snee only practiced on a limited basis while G Guy Whimper subbed in for him.

And William Beatty, who has started at left tackle in the first two preseason games while Diehl covered the left guard spot, came in with the reserves.

During one individual one-on-one drill, Diehl vigorously fought off DE Osi Umenyiora.

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So there was Eli Manning, barking out calls, pointing out the “Mike” linebacker, with a baseball cap on.

It was kind of strange watching Manning running the offense in a hat but he looked sharp and went through practice as expected without a helmet.

“I liked his tempo right away,” head coach Tom Coughlin said. “He got the ball out of his hand quick and made some real good decisions and so we’re glad to have him back on the practice field.”

Coughlin said if all goes right, Manning -- who expects to practice on Wednesday with a helmet -- will play against Baltimore this Saturday.

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RB Brandon Jacobs returned to practice after missing Saturday’s game with a stiff neck. He looked perfectly fine and showed nice burst through the middle of the line on one run although he did fall at the line of scrimmage on another.

Still, Jacobs is healthy and feeling good and a fresh Jacobs entering the season is what the Giants need no matter who starts between he and Ahmad Bradshaw.

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DE Mathias Kiwanuka saw some time at linebacker again in practice and did bat down one Manning pass to the turf.

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Victor Cruz, Sinorice Moss and Tim Brown all returned punts with Aaron Ross out with plantar fasciitis.