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Goldsteel86 12-07-2012 11:50 PM

Plaxico Burress?
 
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 12:38 AM

Re: Plaxico Burress?
 
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/...#ixzz2ER6UuaCy

WVABE 12-08-2012 05:17 AM

Re: Plaxico Burress?
 
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 06:36 AM

Re: Plaxico Burress?
 
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 08:53 AM

Re: Plaxico Burress?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ChristianKustomz (Post 1059719)
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 09:00 AM

Re: Plaxico Burress?
 
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 10:01 AM

Re: Plaxico Burress?
 
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 10:11 AM

Re: Plaxico Burress?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ChristianKustomz (Post 1059719)
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 10:45 AM

Re: Plaxico Burress?
 
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 11:21 AM

Re: Plaxico Burress?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by harrison'samonster (Post 1059740)
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.


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