Manning and Tuck elected captains

The New York Giants elected Eli Manning, Justin Tuck and Chase Blackburn as their captains for this season, the club announced Thursday morning. It's the fourth consecutive season Manning has been the offensive captain but this is the first time Tuck and Blackburn (special teams) have been voted into this role.

Tuck replaces retired linebacker Antonio Pierce and Blackburn will take over for retired punter Jeff Feagles. Coach Tom Coughlin, former defensive end Michael Strahan and general manager Jerry Reese have all talked to Tuck about being more of a vocal leader this season and he's slowly warmed to the idea.

I think Coughlin has to be very pleased with the results of the vote.

OK, I'll be back with a Donovan McNabb column later this afternoon.