Whispers from around the NFL

•Several observers at Giants headquarters have been thrilled with the
apparent boost in leadership shown by QB Eli Manning, who has been a regular
at the team's facility during the offseason and even called TE Jeremy Shockey and WR Plaxico Burress to implore them to join him so they can get their timing together.

•Saints CB Mike McKenzie already has been a no-show in offseason workouts and could continue to stay away from the team until he gets a long-term extension.