Getting the house in order
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He's under spotlight
The Giants contend they're not overly concerned about the "wobbly" ball Kurt Warner was throwing at their recent minicamp. But one league source said, "It's not a concern now, but if he's not throwing well by training camp, there has to be some concern as to whether Kurt has just lost it." The Giants have another concern: tight end Jeremy Shockey's right foot. He will undergo surgery that is expected to keep him out for some of training camp . . . Texans offensive coordinator Chris Palmer will be vacationing on Cape Cod, probably attending a few Cape League baseball games, after his final coaching sessions before training camp. Palmer believes quarterback David Carr, in his third season, is about to take the big leap into the elite ranks. "He's knocking on the door," Palmer said. "Normally quarterbacks really start to get to that next level in Years 3-6, and it looks like David is right there. He's a guy who's big, has a big arm, and is a lot more mobile than people think. A lot of people here feel he's taking a similar path as Steve McNair, who was a young player with the Houston Oilers. And I think that's a great analogy." Palmer feels the offseason acquisition of former Dolphin left tackle Todd Wade will continue to improve Carr's protection . . . A big change in Carolina is shifting big right tackle Jordan Gross to left tackle. The Panthers wanted to break in the talented rookie at a less visible position, but offensive line coach Mike Maser feels he's ready to handle the load. Former Patriots guard Rich Tylski is vying for a starting guard spot with Carolina. Tylski tried to get back with New England last season, but the team said no . . . The Patriots are 0 for 2 in their attempts to sign a veteran quarterback to back up Brady, losing out on Vinny Testaverde (he landed in Dallas) and Neil O'Donnell, who decided to remain retired and pursue TV work in Nashville. O'Donnell told the Nashville media, "The Patriots asked if I would consider doing it one more time, and I kind of laughed and said, `Call me in December and let's see how you guys are doing, maybe making another run to a Super Bowl ring.' But as of now, I'm finished."
Material from personal interviews, wire services, other beat writers, and league and team sources was used in this report.
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