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Old 11-21-2012, 04:22 PM   #51
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Default Re: It's official. Steelers have signed Brian Hoyer for QB and Plaxico Burress for WR

Go Plex!

A couple TD's and the lynch mob will back off.
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Old 11-21-2012, 04:28 PM   #52
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I assume Plaxico is mostly for Red Zone situations.
He's a headcase but we need the firepower
maybe Plaxico catches that fade pass on 3rd and 2 in the back of the end zone that Wallace didn't...
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:36 AM   #53
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Default Re: It's official. Steelers have signed Brian Hoyer for QB and Plaxico Burress for WR

I've not really been a fan of Burress. That being said, with our decimation of the WR groups as a result of injury, I am hopeful he can help. Watching the video of him speaking with reporters and reading what he has to say, he appears to be wanting to put his past nonsense behind him. If thats the case, I'm glad he's here.
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:17 AM   #54
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Default Re: It's official. Steelers have signed Brian Hoyer for QB and Plaxico Burress for WR

For the record, I always liked Plax.

Granted, he wasn't number one in the common sense department and he DID have some serious attitude issues, but he was talented and very young and had a chip on his shoulder -- certainly nothing unusual.

He's lived through some "interesting" experiences and I believe that he really has learned some things about life. For example, when he was with the Jets and there was a fair amount of acrimony and dissension in their locker room, it was Plax who was the one who tried to calm things down. Who would have thought that Plaxico Burress would end up being the voice of reason?

Now, at 35, he has a chance to maybe make up for some of the things that got him booted from Pittsburgh and he has a chance to end his career on a high note.

Everyone does at least one really stupid thing in life that they wish they could take back. And even though no one can really erase that stupid thing, it IS possible to do what they can to make up for it and Plax has that chance now. If he's really learned from his mistakes and really has grown up, I think he'll realize that this is his chance to redeem himself and I hope he does.

We'll see...
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Burress thankful to be back among friends

By F. Dale Lolley
published nov 21, 2012



Wide receiver Plaxico Burress catches a pass for the New York Jets last December. The Pittsburgh Steelers signed Burress Tuesday to provide depth at a position decimated by injuries.

PITTSBURGH – In his final season with the Steelers in 2004, Plaxico Burress hosted Thanksgiving dinner at his home with his future wife, her parents and one of his rookie teammates, who was unable to go home to be with family because of practice that day.

This time, Ben Roethlisberger, the rookie Burress hosted, can return the favor.

Burress, who was signed by the Steelers Tuesday to bolster their banged up receiving corps, came straight to Pittsburgh from a Formula 1 United States Grand Prix race in Texas over the weekend, never making it back home to New Jersey, where he lives with his wife and two children.

“His first Thanksgiving, we spent it together here,” said Burress. “It’s ironic that nine, 10 years later, I’m back on Thanksgiving in Pittsburgh. There’s some things that you look at and say, wow. You cherish those things. We remained good friends throughout the years. I’ve remained a big supporter of his, and he did likewise with me.”

Burress won’t be playing with Roethlisberger right away. The Steelers’ starting quarterback is doubtful to play when Pittsburgh (6-4) travels to Cleveland (2-8) Sunday as he continues to recover from a sprained shoulder and dislocated rib suffered two weeks ago in a win over Kansas City.

Roethlisberger isn’t the only friendly face in Pittsburgh for Burress, who spent the first five seasons on his career with the Steelers after they selected him in the first round of the 2000 draft.

“Me, (Casey Hampton), Larry (Foote), we’ve got some old jokes,” the 35-year-old Burress said. “It feels good to be here. There’s a comfort level knowing some of the guys here on the training staff here, the people upstairs.”

The Steelers signed Burress after losing Jerricho Cotchery to fractured ribs in Sunday’s 13-10 defeat against Baltimore. Already without Pro Bowl receiver Antonio Brown, who has missed the past two games with a sprained ankle, the Steelers want Burress to back up Mike Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been around a better collection of receivers,” Burress said. “And I think that says a lot. From an athletic and talent standpoint. I’ve trained with Antonio down in Florida all summer, so I know him. I know Jerricho. These guys have embraced me.”

The Steelers feel the 6-5, 230-pound Burress, who has 550 career catches and 63 touchdowns, can help them right away.

“I think when you look at him, he’s won in this league,” said veteran quarterback Charlie Batch, who will start for the Steelers against the Browns with Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich out with injuries. “He knows the speed of the game. It’s not going to be new to him. It’s just going to be, when you break the huddle, will he be able to get lined up to go out there and play without thinking about it? We all know he’s capable of doing that.”

The Steelers have also seen the bad side of Burress over the years.

Sometimes immature off the field early in his career, Burress was fined for missing practice before leaving to sign a free agent contract with the Giants in 2005. He also clashed at times with Giants management, which finally cut him loose following his arrest for discharging a gun in a nightclub in 2008. Burress accidentally shot himself in the leg with a handgun that went off in his pocket and eventually served two years in prison for the infraction.

“I’ve got a wife, family,” said Burress. “My life is in a totally different direction. I’m happy to be out here playing football. My wife is excited. My son is excited. So all of those things people are worried about or saying, I don’t worry about. I’ve persevered.”

The Steelers offered Burress a two-year contract in 2011 after working him out in training camp, but he chose instead to sign with the New York Jets so that he wouldn’t have to move his family.

“Coming out of a situation where I had been away for two years, it was a very difficult situation to walk away from, based on the guys that were here, James (Farrior) and Hines (Ward), really the foundation was still here from when I left,” said Burress, who won a Super Bowl with the Giants, making the game-winning catch against the Patriots.

“My family was in New Jersey. My wife had her job. It was really a decision I made for the family, based on where she was at in her career and the kids with school, things like that. It was a tough situation to walk away from. The ending of it was that they had enough faith in me to come out and here to be a good football player and teammate to help this team win a championship.”

Odds and end zones

The Steelers activated rookie offensive lineman David DeCastro off of the injured reserve list. DeCastro, the Steelers’ top pick in this year’s draft, suffered a knee injury in the team’s third preseason game. The Steelers have two weeks to promote him to the active roster. ... Safety Will Allen (shoulder), running back Isaac Redman (concussion) and linebacker Stevenson Sylvester (hamstring) were full participants in practice Wednesday. ... Brown was limited with his ankle injury. ... Cotchery, Leftwich, Roethlisberger, offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle), defensive end Ziggy Hood (back) and safety Troy Polamalu (calf) did not practice.

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Old 11-23-2012, 09:30 AM   #56
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Glad Plax is back (if only for a short time), wish we could've kept him the first time.
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Old 11-24-2012, 12:11 AM   #57
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overreact much? it will be weird to have him around again, see him in a Steelers uniform

not everyone needs to blindly follow every move the Steelers make - that is your perrogative

Even though that wasn't the case.

Sheesh.
LOL...wow dude, do you project much? If you don't know what this psychological term means...look it up. You definitely over-reacted to my post and make blanket over statements about it. Get a grip, little fella.
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Old 11-24-2012, 12:15 AM   #58
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Well wonder how Plaxico will be welcomed back by the Terrible Towels in their upcoming home game?!
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Old 11-24-2012, 04:06 PM   #59
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I really like the Hoyer pickup. He has played well enough in limited playing time behind Tom Brady. I had said earlier this year that I thought they should get Hoyer instead of bringing Charlie Batch back as a backup. Inject some youth into that position. But he has been around the league long enough to know the nuts and bolts of the game. Especially watching Brady play.
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the Plax signing is already paying off, the pass interference penalty against Plax in the end zone led to the TD run by Rainey that gave us the halftime lead.
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