Giants minicamp notebook

New York began its three-day veteran minicamp with all hands on deck, including most importantly Jeremy Shockey, and with starting QB Eli Manning admitting that he's much more comfortable the second time around. With much more on Shockey and Manning to follow from TGI in the coming days, here are a few notes of what transpired on June 1.

When asked to compare his former QB Ben Roethlisberger and current Giants signal-caller, new receiver Plaxico Burress gave Manning a glowing endorsement.

"One thing I've noticed is that Eli probably has the strongest arm that I've caught from," he said. "I told him the other day, ‘Take a little bit of the mustard off, I'm only 10 yards from you.' He throws the ball in there hard."…

Tom Coughlin downplayed the need for the Giants to obtain a veteran backup QB, saying that Manning is "beyond" needing a veteran to talk him through meetings…

Receiver Jamaar Taylor did not participate, having had scar tissue removed from his troublesome knee. "He feels a lot better right now," Coughlin said…

The Giants second-team offensive was (left to right) Bob Whitfield, Jason Whittle, Wayne Lucier, Lewis Kelly and Brandon Winey.

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