The No. 1 pick in the draft and the guy with two MVP trophies and a Super Bowl ring stood in the back when the New York Giants' offense began its drills at minicamp yesterday.

Instead, "The Bachelor" led the way. Jesse Palmer, who gained fame for his appearance on the reality TV show this spring, is currently the starting quarterback ahead of Eli Manning and Kurt Warner.

No one expects that to last, of course, not with Warner brought in last week to tutor the latest heir to the Manning quarterback dynasty. But long enough for Palmer to impress new coach Tom Coughlin.

"He has responded very well to the coaching and to what he has been asked to do," Coughlin said.

Palmer, a fourth-round draft pick in 2001, is far better known as "The Bachelor" than for anything he's done on the football field. Even at Florida under Steve Spurrier, he was only a part-time quarterback.

But he insisted yesterday that his TV career never detracted from his preparation for football.

"The taping for the show was in the offseason," he said. "It ended in March, and I've been working out and studying ever since. My head is right back in the game."

-- Associated Press

Quarterback Jesse Palmer is a television star, but the reality is he won't be the Giants' starter for long.