Kurt Warner will start ahead of Eli Manning in the New York Giants exhibition opener.
Coach Tom Coughlin made that announcement Wednesday, but added that the competition for the starting job between the two-time MVP and the No. 1 pick in last April's draft remains tight.
''Are they even? I would say 'Yes,''' Coughlin said is designating Warner to start Friday night against Kansas City at Giants Stadium.
''Whoever has the opportunity to play with the starters, that's who usually has his better practices. From that standpoint, they are. Now we will see how they separate out.''
Warner will play into the second quarter, with Manning running the offense until at least the middle of the third quarter. Jesse Palmer, television's ''The Bachelor,'' will finish, meaning the Giants will put three celebrity QBs on the field against the Chiefs.
''I've been a backup before so it won't be hard,'' said Manning, who signed a six-year, $45 million contract last month.
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