Pressure's on Manning, off Pennington

While the addition of Thomas Jones at Jets camp took the pressure off Chad Pennington, the absence of Tiki Barber in Giants camp put all the pressure squarely on Eli Manning.

Updated: June 18, 2007, 3:42 PM ET
By Sal Paolantonio | ESPN.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It was a strange scene. Eli Manning, taking the snap, pivoting on his right foot, offered the football to a running back not wearing No. 21 at the New York Giants' first mandatory minicamp. Gone was veteran Tiki Barber, Manning's "security blanket," as veteran receiver Amani Toomer put it.

The next morning, across the Hudson River at New York Jets minicamp in Hempstead, the snapshot was just as odd. With veteran running back Curtis Martin out of the picture, ...

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