Kenrick Ellis

Giants Surprise Manning, Release Parker

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.— New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning looked around during passing drills on Tuesday and couldn't find Preston Parker, the receiver who had dropped a couple key passes in the team's first two games.

Manning insisted on Monday that Parker would still be one of his targets. Tom Coughlin had other thoughts Tuesday.

Coughlin released Parker and signed defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis for his banged-up defensive line. It was a need, but also more.

Coughlin didn't say it but the message was clear after two losses to open the season: Produce or pay the price.

The release of Parker will leave the Giants short-handed heading into a game against the...