Shank's big opportunity

With Jeremy Shockey, Marcellus Rivers and Darnell Dinkins all sidelined, second-year man Visanthe Shiancoe is now under the microscope.

Shiancoe, who posted 10 catches last season, is the only legitimate tight end on the roster, with all due respect to Mark Inkrott, of course.

"It's a great opportunity for him," said Tom Coughlin, who has had difficulty running offensive plays due to the scarcity of TEs on board. .

"It's all on my shoulders," New York's third-round pick last season said. "Now I just have to step it up." .

Mr. Perfection: Kurt Warner continues to be his own toughest critic as he learns the Giants offensive system. .

"It's just not natural to me yet," he said. "I haven't gotten to the point where it's just clicked. That part has been frustrating for me. .

"Whether I've been here one day or six years, I was to do everything perfectly." Warner said he wouldn't balk at helping his main competition, Eli Manning. .

"We're all in this together, we want to be the best quarterbacking unit we can be," Warner said. "I'm just worried about playing up to how capable I am. I'd put my talents and abilities up against anybody." .

Weighty issues: While Tom Coughlin was pleased with how much weight starting DT Norman Hand has lost, he's not so thrilled with the progress of rookie free agent QB Jared Lorenzen. .

"He's made some progress, but not as much as we'd like," Coughlin said. "I will say this – he's a big kid, a big-boned kid." .

Lorenzen has some stiff competition to make the roster, what with the rise of "The Bachelor," Jesse Palmer, and the return of NFL Europe star Ryan Van Dyke. .

Injury report: Coughlin said that second-year DT William Joseph has "made good progress" after recent chest surgery. .

"He's out of his sling and he's running," Coughlin said. "A torn pec takes a while." .

Coughlin also said that CB Will Allen and LB Carlos Emmons are "making good progress."

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