Tag:Plaxico Burress
Posted on: June 6, 2011 9:07 am
Edited on: June 6, 2011 9:10 am

What's the market for Burress?

I keep hearing how receiver Plaxico Burress will have this big list of teams wanting his services.

Did I miss the memo that said 34-year-old receivers who were never that fast in the first place and haven't played a down of football in three years are wanted commodities?

Are you kidding me?

Look, I like Burress a lot as a person. He's always been one of the nicer NFL players. 

Yes, I mean that.

He just got pinched for doing something really dumb, and he had to pay the price. He was in prison for 20 months for carrying and firing a gun -- it went off accidentally -- but was scheduled for release Monday. That's a long time away from the game -- even for a young man.

Mike Vick came out of prison 30 years old. He was four years younger and he plays a position that doesn't demand the same speed requirements, even though that is a big part of his game.

When Burress was at his best, he was a big, strong receiver, not a fast one.  He was able to average 15.5 yards per catch because he could beat corners with his strength, not his speed. He had decent speed, but he wasn't a burner. He might still be some of that now, but when a slower receiver slows down some that shows up.

Expect the team that signs Burress to give him a short-term deal with a minimal signing bonus, which reduces the risk. I spoke with two personnel men in the past week and both said the same thing.  I hope Burress comes out and proves us wrong.

Like I said, I like him. He's always been classy with the media and those players who know him swear by the guy. I hope he gets a big deal, plays four more years, and ends his football career on a high.

I just have my doubts. 

Category: NFL
Posted on: April 3, 2009 4:47 pm

Burress will be missed

There was no way Plaxico Burress was coming back to the Giants.

Coach Tom Coughlin didn't want him.

Coughlin, who has become far more tolerable in the past few years, grew tired of the way Burress handled himself. One source said that Coughlin felt that after winning the Super Bowl last February, on a game-winning touchdown reception by Burress, that the receiver lost the drive to be a good player.

That was as troubling to the Giants coaches as were his off-the-field issues, which included shooting himself in the thigh four months ago. Burress is facing charges for gun possession, and could be facing jail time, but this is as much about football as anything.

The Giants tired of his ways.

So now what? The Giants have young players in Steve Smith, Domenick Hixon, Sinorice Moss and Mario Manningham. But none of those players is a go-to receiver. The Giants might draft a receiver with the 29th pick in the first round. A possibility could be Rutgers receiver Kenny Britt, who recently ran under 4.5.

There is a chance the Giants could make a trade. They did have conversations about Cleveland receiver Braylon Edwards in the past, but those talks broke down. Edwards has the skill to stretch the field, which the Giants lacked last year, so that is intriguing. He does drop a lot of passes.

One thing is certain: The Giants offense wasn't the same without the ability of Burress to stretch the field. Defenses squatted on their routes. They need help there. Somebody who can win in one-on-one coverage situations down the field has to identified.

Burress could win in those battles. It's a shame he couldn't win in the game of life.


Category: NFL
Posted on: March 30, 2009 8:43 pm

What next for Plax?

If Plaxico Burress doesn't go to prison, what happens to his football career?

Don't expect to see him back with the New York Giants. Even though Giants coach Tom Coughlin said last week at the owners meetings in California that the status of Burress needs to be evaluated if he isn't incarcerated, the word is Coughlin is against bringing the receiver back. The Giants would be open to trading Burress, a source said.

Burress is facing weapons charges after shooting himself in the thigh at a Manhatten night club last year. Burress faces two second-degree felony charges of gun possession, which could carry a mandatory sentence of 3 1/2 years. There is talk that he will plead out to lesser charges.

If that occurs, he could be playing in the NFL next season. Don't expect him with the Giants. While the players want him back, indications are the Giants front office and some coaches do not.

If Burress isn't with the Giants, they would need to find a receiver in the draft. The high hopes some had for Dominick Hixon aren't as high as they were when he took over for Burress.


Category: NFL
Posted on: December 2, 2008 7:00 pm

Say goodbye, Plax

Plaxico Burress wrote a book this year. Here's the name for his second one: Have gun, will travel -- straight into oblivion..
That's because his career with the New York Giants is over -- and his football playing days might be as well.

The Giants placed Burress on the reserve/non-football injury list Tuesday, officially ending his season. He's also fined and suspended four games, which means his wallet will feel the pain as well as the leg that had a bullet in it.

The stupidity of his bringing a loaded gun into a nightclub and Barney Fife-ing himself by it going off and him ending up with a gunshot wound in his leg will likely mean Burress will be playing for another team next season.

That's if he's not taking Mike Vick's spot on the prison team.

Burress could face between 3 1/2 and 15 years after being charged with illegal gun possession. Any jail time would all but end his NFL playing days.

Bang, bang. You're career is dead.

The Giants had no choice. Their doctors determined that he would be out for six weeks anyway, but even if he could have played this week he was headed for a suspension.
Tom Coughlin has put up with a lot from Burress.

He's been late for meetings. He's mouthed off. He's been a bad teammate. His list of me-first issues is starting to look as thick as the Manhattan phone book.

Memo to Plax: You aren't that good.

He might have caught the game-winning touchdown pass to give the Giants the stunning upset of the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl last February, making him a hero to many, but gun-toting, I'm-bigger-than-the-law athletes lose favor faster than Hollywood teenagers.

The Giants will be fine without Burress. They love Domenik Hixon, who has more speed to stretch the field. Their coaches rave about the raw ability of Hixon. They also rave about him being a great person, an obvious shot at the guy who was playing in front of him.

No matter what happened with Burress, the New York Giants are still the team to beat in the NFL.

It's too bad for Plaxico Burress that his Wild, Wild West ways will prevent him from enjoying it.

Bang, bang. You're career is dead.


Category: NFL
Posted on: November 29, 2008 8:11 pm

Plax OK

They will come down on him hard, painting a picture of the outlaw player.
Plaxico Burress, they will say, is a bad man.

For what? Shooting himself in the leg?

Burress did that at New York club early Saturday morning, putting a bullet through his leg -- luckily severing no arteries.

While that's not the brightest thing to do, and he's guilty of being dumb, Burress, despite his reputation, isn't a bad guy. I've talked to him several times and he's always been engaging and agreeable and players around the league vouch for him.

He has something else to back up his being a good guy, something that sits well with me:

He is a good friend of Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor.

Therefore he can't be a bad guy.

Taylor, one of the all-time good guys in the league and pro's pro, once spent an entire season looking after Burress' house in Jacksonville. He lived in that city because of Taylor -- even though he had no tie to Jacksonville.

Taylor will still shake his head at some of the things Burress does, but they remain close.   Burress has some "me" characteristics that can annoy teammates and coaches, but getting shot doesn’t make him a bad dude.

It makes him a dumb dude.

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