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Goldsteel86
12-08-2012, 12:50 AM
My question is this, with Ben coming back will Plaxico become a bigger part of the game plan. I sure would love to see the Steelers use that tall receiver to their advantage.

Hawaii 5-0
12-08-2012, 01:38 AM
Burress biding time, waiting for chances

By Mark Kaboly
Published: Friday, December 7, 2012

It’s been eight years since Plaxico Burress stepped onto Heinz Field as a Steeler, and the veteran receiver couldn’t help thinking of the possibilities when the Steelers host San Diego on Sunday.

“Hopefully, I can go out there and make some plays and hopefully score a couple touchdowns. It is going to be emotional, it is going to be fun ...,” Burress said.

The problem is that Burress likely won’t get that opportunity.

With Jerricho Cotchery returning from a rib injury and banged-up receivers Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders and Mike Wallace listed as probable, Burress probably will be the odd man out for the first time in his career.

The Steelers rarely use four wide receivers and never dress five. And if Burress is the odd man out, the man, perceived as a troublemaker by many around the league that kept him unsigned for nine months, won’t complain.

Why? Because of a promise he made Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert before signing.

“Like I told the guys upstairs, I am willing to go out and fulfill whatever role is presented to me, and I stand by that,” Burress said. “Whenever they put me in the game, I want to answer the call.”

Burress has been nothing more than an afterthought since signing with the Steelers two weeks ago.

He’s yet to make a catch, he’s been targeted only two times and has played only 12 of 132 snaps, including only one last week against Baltimore.

For a 35-year-old who has 8,400 career yards and 63 touchdowns, it can’t be easy taking an ancillary role on a team that drafted you in the first round a decade before.

“I would think (it’s tough), but you also have to consider he hadn’t been on a team for most of the year,” Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley said. “I think he has been around long enough to understand where he fits right now.”

Burress mostly was used in the red zone against Cleveland. He was targeted twice, one of which resulted in a pass-interference call in the end zone that set up Chris Rainey’s touchdown run.

With Brown back last week, Burress’ role diminished to a single snap, and that came only because Sanders hurt his shoulder.

“You kind of sense your day will come,” Burress said. “I have three great talents in front of me. I have never been around a group of guys with that much talent and speed. They all are very talented, and I just sit back and enjoy.”

Burress knows that limited opportunities now don’t necessarily mean things will stay that way. Injuries could vault him into a prominent role.

“He has been around long enough to understand how it goes,” Haley said. “He is mature enough to handle it. He is a grown man that understands what he is trying to work toward.”

Burress spent the early part of the week with the first team re-connecting with Ben Roethlisberger — his quarterback in his final season with the Steelers in 2004.

Burress said he’s digesting the playbook but still finds himself making the occasional mistake.

“I pride myself in knowing what to do,” Burress said. “I missed a couple calls at the line of scrimmage (Wednesday). I have to tighten those things up and put the trust in the coaches that I can go out and play whatever the call is.”

Burress signed a one-year deal with the Steelers for the veteran minimum with the intention of showing other teams around the league that he can still be a productive player while not being a distraction.

“Everything is not greener on the other side as you might imagine when you leave,” Burress said.

Read more: http://triblive.com/sports/steelers/3097549-85/burress-steelers-role#ixzz2ER6UuaCy

WVABE
12-08-2012, 06:17 AM
With all the probables at reciever, I think its time we dress 5 recievers.
I was never a Plax fan, but he would be a better fit right now than someone with achy ribs.

ChristianKustomz
12-08-2012, 07:36 AM
What's the point of hiring someone if we are not going to use them or utilize their talents? Isnt that much like buying a brand new car (or a used RollsRoyce in this case) and just parking it in the garage? What's the point? Go out and drive it. Enjoy it. It might be used but it's as good of a car as the day it drove off the show room floor. Plexi is still good he's just a bit rusty. More plays and more practice means more tight skill playing. So why did we hire him if we aren't going to play him?

I say play him and let him shake the dust off the pads and out some turf, sweat and blood on em. Get that jersey scuffed with Ravens gut and torn from him playing his heart out...I think I feel a song coming on...

steeltheone
12-08-2012, 09:53 AM
What's the point of hiring someone if we are not going to use them or utilize their talents? Isnt that much like buying a brand new car (or a used RollsRoyce in this case) and just parking it in the garage? What's the point? Go out and drive it. Enjoy it. It might be used but it's as good of a car as the day it drove off the show room floor. Plexi is still good he's just a bit rusty. More plays and more practice means more tight skill playing. So why did we hire him if we aren't going to play him?

I say play him and let him shake the dust off the pads and out some turf, sweat and blood on em. Get that jersey scuffed with Ravens gut and torn from him playing his heart out...I think I feel a song coming on...

I agree, the Bungles like move to sign him was embarrassing enough, at least get something out of the transaction.

SoCalFan
12-08-2012, 10:00 AM
Good article! Sounds like the guy has matured quite a bit! I know Ben has always liked the guy...I say bring him in on every red zone series! If anything as a distraction, leaving the middle of the end zone opened for HEEEAAATTTHHH....

Rhom
12-08-2012, 11:01 AM
I think he might just be the right guy to convince Wallace to stay because his last statement said... “Everything is not greener on the other side as you might imagine when you leave,”

teegre
12-08-2012, 11:11 AM
What's the point of hiring someone if we are not going to use them or utilize their talents? Isnt that much like buying a brand new car (or a used RollsRoyce in this case) and just parking it in the garage? What's the point? Go out and drive it. Enjoy it. It might be used but it's as good of a car as the day it drove off the show room floor. Plexi is still good he's just a bit rusty. More plays and more practice means more tight skill playing. So why did we hire him if we aren't going to play him?

I say play him and let him shake the dust off the pads and out some turf, sweat and blood on em. Get that jersey scuffed with Ravens gut and torn from him playing his heart out...I think I feel a song coming on...

I say it's more like having an old, 1998 Trans-Am, that leaks oil, that you are keeping in the garage, just in case one of your other cars breaks down.

And those other cars are: a Ferrari (albeit, a Ferrari that only drives well over 100mph); an Aston-Martin; a Camero; and, a 2005 Mustang (w/ injured ribs).

harrison'samonster
12-08-2012, 11:45 AM
yeah, it's exciting to think that we could have the Burress of old. But I don't think that's what he's been signed for at the vet min. Look on the bright side, we have a talented and experienced wr on the sidelines headed into the playoffs.

I do like the sound of that article, he sounds like he's learned a lot over the years.

steeltheone
12-08-2012, 12:21 PM
yeah, it's exciting to think that we could have the Burress of old. But I don't think that's what he's been signed for at the vet min. Look on the bright side, we have a talented and experienced wr on the sidelines headed into the playoffs.

I do like the sound of that article, he sounds like he's learned a lot over the years.

He is 35 and past his prime, thats why nobody wanted him.

harrison'samonster
12-08-2012, 01:34 PM
He is 35 and past his prime, thats why nobody wanted him.

well, I think the Steelers just wanted a WR with playoff experience on their roster. What is it with you and the age of 35? Between this thread and the one about Harrison getting back to form, you sound like you're advocating some team rule against players turning 35. You know Batch is 38 don't you? Between Batch and Harrison, I think we got our money's worth seeing the Ravens get beat at home and keeping our playoff hopes alive.

Nobody's throwing a parade for Plex, or expecting him to be a star on this team. He's here as a back-up, probably looking to move on in the offseason.

ChristianKustomz
12-08-2012, 02:00 PM
right but why sign on another player so late in the season and for what purpose? Why would we waste (If you will-no disrespect to Plax) if we don't need him or aren't going to use him? Did we need to fill a spot so late in the season? I don't get it.

Fire Arians
12-08-2012, 03:01 PM
never hurts to have more depth, but with AB back, i don't know if plax will get many more chances barring injury.

but it wouldn't hurt to also try plax in some redzone / goalline packages, he could be dangerous like heath in those situations (and the defense would have to account for 2 big targets)

tanda10506
12-08-2012, 03:32 PM
I think he can really make a difference for this team if used correctly. Plax is a tall WR and could really tear up the middle with his veteran route running and jump ball capabilities. If Wallace and Brown are on the field then the defense is already having to account for their tremendous speed, so are there many defenses that can cover speed and a 6'5 WR who runs routes well? Probably not. And in the red zone, he and Miller would really give the defense fits. In fact if I was within 5 yards of the goal line I would play Miller, Plax, and Pope. Two guys that are 6'5 and another that's 6'10...who's going to be able to blanket 3 guys like that? Who knows, maybe I play too much Madden, but I just think Plax's size and veteran route running adds a new dynamic to the WR corps and should be capitalized on.

austinfrench76
12-08-2012, 04:03 PM
If he was signed, there was merit. I believe in the FO and this was a good signing, IMO. So what if he sits? As long as he isn't a distraction, we now have a guy that has played and won in a SB. How do we lose? Obviously we had to waive another WR to sign him but it remains to be seen as to what that will amount too. Plax may not, or he may, make an impact but I can't imagine it hurts to have a guy with his stats on this team. Also, Wallace is gone next year. Why not see what Plax can do and see if he can't get a year or two back in the league and then retire? Again, vet min and not a distraction=win for us. Just my opinion.

SteelersCanada
12-08-2012, 04:23 PM
We couldn't use him because we never got into the redzone with Batch and Leftwich. He's a redzone specialist at this point in his career and there's nothing wrong with that. Ben should be able to get him the ball in one-on-one coverage, and he'll haul in a few more touchdowns this season for us.

steeltheone
12-08-2012, 05:05 PM
well, I think the Steelers just wanted a WR with playoff experience on their roster. What is it with you and the age of 35? Between this thread and the one about Harrison getting back to form, you sound like you're advocating some team rule against players turning 35. You know Batch is 38 don't you? Between Batch and Harrison, I think we got our money's worth seeing the Ravens get beat at home and keeping our playoff hopes alive.

Nobody's throwing a parade for Plex, or expecting him to be a star on this team. He's here as a back-up, probably looking to move on in the offseason.

I have been a Steeler Fan for many years...We stayed on top by replacing older vets with younger upcoming players. It was the norm, it happened time after time with great players who sometimes were not yet declining but soon would.

At one time the team was in the same situation it is now with receivers, who to sign, how much and how long...Plax or Hines Ward. Then it became clear, Plax was lazy and gave half efforts in times of need.

35 is just a number, could be 32, 36, 37 depending on the player and position. Batch is a QB, Quarterbacks play longer.

Plax could not hold Harrisons jockstrap as a player. Harrison gives 100% every play. without the high cap number, James is back without a doubt.

My whole issue with Burress is that we signed a thug. If the Bengals would have signed him, everybody on this board would have berated them for it. So now we will have to live with that as an organization. If he becomes a force, maybe it was worth it. If he does not, We still signed a player that will be associated with us for years to come.

harrison'samonster
12-08-2012, 05:11 PM
I have been a Steeler Fan for many years...We stayed on top by replacing older vets with younger upcoming players. It was the norm, it happened time after time with great players who sometimes were not yet declining but soon would.

At one time the team was in the same situation it is now with receivers, who to sign, how much and how long...Plax or Hines Ward. Then it became clear, Plax was lazy and gave half efforts in times of need.

35 is just a number, could be 32, 36, 37 depending on the player and position. Batch is a QB, Quarterbacks play longer.

Plax could not hold Harrisons jockstrap as a player. Harrison gives 100% every play. without the high cap number, James is back without a doubt.

My whole issue with Burress is that we signed a thug. If the Bengals would have signed him, everybody on this board would have berated them for it. So now we will have to live with that as an organization. If he becomes a force, maybe it was worth it. If he does not, We still signed a player that will be associated with us for years to come.

got to give you that one. I was pretty disappointed with him when that happened as well. And you're right, we were correct to lose him earlier in his career. I have no problem having him here as a back-up though, especially because he has height that none of our other receivers have, could come in useful.

JewniorGong
12-08-2012, 05:27 PM
Knowing how he connected with Ben in 04, I'd have no problem dressing 5 WR's and giving him a chance. Why not?

Neil-Still-Rules-14
12-08-2012, 05:57 PM
To the people who are saying he's washed up: this guy caught 8 TDs last year with Mark Sanchez at QB. I think he has something left.