Eli Manning, practical joker, is an object of payback
Eli Manning may be under pressure because of his slow transition to the West Coast offense, but the Giants quarterback remains a practical joker, and an object of payback.
After Tuesday's practice, center J.D. Walton dumped a bucket of ice water over the head of an unsuspecting Manning. No, this wasn't a case of a teammate trying to shake up Manning with an impromptu ice shower.
"That was just a little payback," Walton said after practice. "We'll just leave it at that. Just a little payback."
Walton didn't get into what Manning had done to precipitate his response. But he did have a few words for his quarterback after the dousing.
"I just told him, 'People don't forget,' " Walton said. "So I didn't forget when he had gotten me the first time."
Evidently, there will be more pranks ahead.
"I got a feeling that's about to happen," Walton said. "I might have woken up a monster."
Giants get carded
Most of practice was spent working against plays that the Jets are expected to run in Friday's preseason game. The Giants call it a "carded" practice because the scout team runs plays off cards with the opposing team's schemes printed on them.
"As you move closer to the regular season, this being the third [game], that would be the game that you would card up and perhaps spend a little bit more time on the opponent rather than just what you're doing," coach Tom Coughlin said.
Giant stepsCoughlin continued to shuffle the offensive line, moving RT Justin Pugh to left tackle and RG Brandon Mosley to left tackle. Rookie Weston Richburg also got snaps with the first team. Said Coughlin: "You always attempt to be creative and flexible." . . . T James Brewer (back) missed a second straight practice. WR/KR Trindon Holliday (hamstring) was sidelined.