Tag:Plaxico Burress
Posted on: September 9, 2011 10:13 am
Edited on: September 9, 2011 8:46 pm

Plaxico Burress rips Giants in Men's Journal

Posted by Will Brinson

Remember the last time an NFL player did an interview with Men's Journal? Yeah, that went pretty well for James Harrison.

Plaxico Burress may be in some similarly hot water over his interview with the magazine, scheduled for the October 2011 issue, though at least he's only ripping the guys he worked with while playing for the Giants.

Tom Coughlin is the primary object of Burress' scorn, in case you weren't aware that they didn't get along while working with each other.

"He's not a real positive coach," Burress said. "You look around the league, the Raheem Morrises and Rex Ryans — when their player makes a mistake, they take 'em to the side and say, 'We'll get 'em next time.' But Coughlin's on the sideline going crazy, man. I can't remember one time when he tried to talk a player through not having a day he was having."

OK, so it's not exactly breaking news that Coughlin can yell a lot or rub players the wrong way. In fact, it's kind of his M.O. Plax's biggest beef seems to be the way he handled his -- ahem -- "situation."

"After my situation happened, I turned on the TV, and the first words out his mouth was 'sad and disappointing,'" Burress said. "I'm like, forget support — how about some concern? I did just have a bullet in my leg. And then I sat in his office, and he pushed back his chair and goes, 'I'm glad you didn’t kill anybody!' Man, we're paid too much to be treated like kids. He doesn't realize that we’re grown men and actually have kids of our own."
Plaxico's Predicament

First off, salary and maturity can absolutely be mutually exclusive. Just ask Lindsey Lohan.

Secondly, if your future job security and success is tied to a group of men and some of those men misbehave in a (technically) criminal way, and you're the type of guy who loves discipline, you are going to be sad and disappointed. In short: I'm not entirely sure what Plaxico wants from Coughlin and/or expects him to do. He's Tom Coughlin.

But he's also got some beef with Manning who, apparently, was the only player on the Giants not to shake Plax's hand when the receiver visited the Giants this past offseason.

"I was always his biggest supporter, even days he wasn't on, ’cause I could sense he didn’t have thick skin," Burress said. “Then I went away, and I thought he would come see me, but nothing, not a letter, in two years. I don’t want to say it was a slap in the face, but I thought our relationship was better than that."

I mean, maybe it was awkward because Plax and Eli used to really good friends and then he, you know, went to jail. Ever had a friend go to jail? The first time you see them isn't all "What's up bro?!?!" and whatnot. It's actually kind of awkward.

Whatever, the real point of the matter is that Plax is stirring up some unnecessary controversy, just like the last time he did an interview.

Brutal honesty is cool. Baring your soul is necessary for everyone.

But it's not necessary in the context of a magazine feature, even if the whole idea behind said feature is redemption and change and Burress' struggles over the past few years.

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Posted on: August 25, 2011 3:47 pm

Hot Routes 8.24.11: Vince Young vs. Mike Kafka

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • A couple days late on this story, but I really enjoyed this column by Yahoo Sports’ Michael Silver on Patriots ownere Robert Kraft and how he’s dealing with his wife’s death. Great stuff in here. One poignant quote from Kraft on CBA negotiations while his wife was dying: “There were plenty of moments where I thought, ‘Why am I here?’” Kraft says. “I’m thinking of my sweetheart, and I wanted to be with her every minute. Really, the only time I wasn’t with her was at these meetings, and when we’d get off in minutiae or [talking about] things I thought were irrelevant -- they might not have been, but to me they were -- I was thinking, ‘What am I doing here?’ Maybe I shouldn’t say that, but I was.”
  • And we’ll go ahead and hit you with another Silver story. This one is on the league’s discipline policy for those who got in trouble during the lockout.
  • Another player has gone down with a torn Achilles tendon injury and will miss the season. This time it’s Chiefs linebacker Brandon Siler, who hurt himself on the last play of Tuesday’s practice. He’s the 11th player to be lost for the season with this kind of injury.
  • The Chiefs have signed TE Anthony Becht to a one-year deal. The 34-year-old was out of the league last season.

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Posted on: August 21, 2011 11:14 pm
Edited on: August 21, 2011 11:21 pm

Plaxico Burress catches first TD pass with Jets

Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's seldom that a 10-year veteran with career totals that include 121 starts, 505 catches, 7,845 yards receiving and 55 touchdowns would merit a mention for playing in a preseason game, but Plaxico Burress is a special case.

After spending nearly two years in prison, and missing two NFL seasons, Burress is a free man and back in the league. He's now a member of the Jets, where head coach Rex Ryan doesn't hide the fact that he's all about giving people second chances, especially if they can help New York win a Super Bowl.

Burress missed last week's preseason game with a bum ankle, but started against the Bengals Sunday. He hauled in Mark Sanchez's very first pass of the night, good for 20 yards. Burress managed two more receptions -- another 20-yard gain early in the second quarter and a 26-yard over-the-shoulder touchdown grab with 58 seconds remaining in the half.

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Fred Bennett (23) chases New York Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress (17) as he makes the catch for a touchdown during the second quarter of an NFL preseason football game, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

In the scheme of things, the play was insignificant (it is the preseason, after all), although we suspect Burress will remember it differently.

Either way, it was eerily similar to this

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Posted on: August 21, 2011 7:16 pm

Tiki Barber has had one workout this preseason

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Remember when Tiki Barber announced this spring that he was coming out of retirement? And the scuttlebutt that several teams (including the Steelers and Buccaneers) would likely give him a shot at redemption? Well, we're more than three weeks into training camp and Barber has had a grand total of one workout, with the Dolphins, and he left Miami without a contract.

That was on August 3. We haven't heard a word from him since, even though the Patriots are inviting every old-timer with a pulse to Foxboro to go through the paces (they even signed a few).

With the NFL regular season three weeks away, Barber's window of opportunity appears to be slamming shut. The New York Daily News Gary Myers writes that despite Barber's complicated back story, the former Giants running back has earned the right for another shot.

"Regardless of what you think of how Barber left the Giants in his prime - and it wasn't pretty - or the comments he subsequently made about Eli Manning or Tom Coughlin, or how he split from his wife while she was pregnant with twins, that has nothing to do with this simple fact: He deserves a chance to prove he can still play," Myers wrote Saturday.

"Michael Vick and Plaxico Burress each missed two full seasons serving jail time and had no trouble finding work. But nobody wants to touch Barber."

For all the reasons Myers cited above. Both Vick and Burress were considered good teammates -- something we can't say about Barber -- and both possessed enough raw ability, even after stints in prison, that several teams thought signing them was worth the risk.

Barber's a 36-year-old running back four years removed from his last NFL snap. In football terms, 36 might as well be 86. And his inability to get along with teammates and coaches negates any on-field talents he might have left.

"Somebody might give him a tryout. Nobody is going to give him any money," one GM said when Barber announced in March he was coming back. "I wouldn't even acknowledge it. I would rather read the cartoons. What running back plays at 36? Who wants to bring a guy in for one year?"

Barber's best shot at resurrecting his NFL career might come after the regular season is underway and only if a team has a run on injuries at the running back position and are in desperate need for help. Otherwise, his un-retirement announcement will be just that: words.

Myers adds that "Barber had two years and $8.2 million left on his Giants contract when he retired. He turned down a four-year, $13.2 million deal to work at Fox, where he built up a lot of good will and on-air experience during his playing days, to accept NBC's three-year, $5.7 million deal. He retired too early and then took the wrong TV deal."

Unlike when Barber abruptly retired in 2006, his NFL career is now out of his hands. On the upside, former Giants head coach Jim Fassel has extended Barber an offer to join UFL's Las Vegas Locomotives.

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Posted on: August 13, 2011 6:53 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2011 6:57 pm

Plaxico Burress discusses prison on 'Real Sports'

Posted by Will Brinson

Plaxico Burress, since being released from prison and signing with the Jets, has gotten plenty of media coverage. But he's about to get more, as he'll appear on HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" this Tuesday.

And it'll be interesting to see the public spin that comes out of the show, considering the sort of quotes that were culled out and spread amongst the media Saturday morning.

"I came out from a little holding cell to the arraignment, and I sat down with [attorney] Ben [Brafman], and he was like, 'We’ve got a problem,'" said Burress, via Jenny Vrentas of the New Jersey Star-Ledger. "I said, 'What are you talking about?' He said, Mayor Bloomberg just went on TV and said you should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

"And you know what I said after that? I said, 'Who's Mayor Bloomberg?'"

OK, so lack of political knowledge isn't going to kill Burress' Q-rating, but the image he has of himself and how he's viewed by the public might.

"I don’t take no [expletive] from nobody," Plax tells Gumbel. "You’ve got to earn my respect as a person. You got love for me, I got love for you."

Of course, these quotes are inherently out-of-context to a degree; that's the nature of a preview. What Burress says likely does reflect that sort of attitude. And perhaps the quotes, which are designed to draw in viewers (well done, HBO) are part of a bigger story arc.

One line in particular echoes a sense of change for Plax.

"Yeah, I’m the guy that shot myself," Burress says. "People always ask me, 'Would you change that situation?' Hell, yeah. Nobody wants to go to jail. But the person that I am, and where I’m at at this time, I wouldn’t change the person."

See, that's a pretty important part of changing the person that you are now -- the willingness to not change the past and move forward with your life.

So while maybe Burress isn't as profoundly aware of what his every word means to the general public like Michael Vick, there's a good chance he's just being brutally honest in the HBO segment.

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Posted on: August 13, 2011 12:00 am

Burress will miss Jets first preseason game

BurressPosted by Josh Katzowitz

The Jets signing of Plaxico Burress hasn’t worked out so well for Rex Ryan’s squad.

It’s been more than a week since Burress twisted his ankle, and he hardly has been heard from since (he practiced once again, only to hurt his ankle once again). For a team which took a major talent loss when it didn’t re-sign Braylon Edwards and opted instead for Burress and Derrick Mason at the WR position, this is not a good sign.

But now a spot of good news as the word coming from Rapid Reporter Lisa Zimmerman is that the MRI taken on Burress’ ankle Friday was negative and that Burress said it simply is a “classic sprain.” It also, he said, is not the same kind of ankle injury he suffered with the Giants, (with that injury, he completely tore his tendon).

Although Burress lobbied Ryan to let him play in Monday’s preseason opener vs. the Texans, Ryan said no. The team is worried that his ankle might swell on its airline flight to Houston.

In fact, Burress won’t return to practice until next Wednesday.

“I probably never handled it the best way," Ryan said, via the New York Daily News. "I think we were all anxious to see him out there. If we had to play a (regular-season) game, he would definitely play... As bad as we all want to see him, we'll just have to wait another week.

"I'm not as concerned right now because he's going through the walk-through stuff; he's doing the mental things. If he was struggling mentally, I would definitely be concerned. I'm not concerned right now. If it goes on and I'll have to answer those questions next week, the week after, whatever... I don't think we're going to have those issues."

As for the treatment Burress must undergo, Burress broke it down for ESPN’s Jane McManus: "We're just going to treat it, treat it, we gonna ice it, treat it, treat it and ice it and treat it."

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Posted on: August 9, 2011 8:44 am
Edited on: August 9, 2011 5:05 pm

Mason: Jets give me better chance at Super Bowl

D. Mason is now in New York and seemingly happy about it (AP).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Now that 37-year-old WR Derrick Mason is with the Jets instead of the Ravens, he thinks he has a better chance of reaching the Super Bowl with his new team. Well, OF COURSE, he’d say that after Baltimore shocked him by getting rid of him.

"It's the business of football, and I understand it. Was I blindsided? Yeah, I was, and when you're blindsided, yeah, you're upset about it," Mason said, via USA Today.

"If you felt that you were going into a situation where you were on the cusp of something special, and you never thought that you would be released, or fired, or whatnot, you would be a little bit upset. But I had my moment. After that, I understood it's the business of football. It happened to me before, and it happened to me again. It happens to everybody in this business, whether you're great at your position or not.”

Even after the Ravens released him last month, Mason thought hard about re-signing with Baltimore anyway. But when the Jets came along and offered him a one-year deal with a guaranteed salary of $910,000 (the veteran’s minimum), he decided he wanted to rejoin coach Rex Ryan, who was a defensive assistant for many years in Baltimore.

While the Jets WR corps isn’t overly-impressive -- the addition of Mason, still a solid player who caught 61 passes for 802 yards and seven touchdowns last season, and Plaxico Burress doesn’t make up for the loss of Braylon Edwards -- it’s in a better position than the Ravens, who feature Anquan Boldin and a bunch of younger guys who haven’t done anything (or had the chance to do anything) at the pro level.

"When you have someone sitting across from you that understands and knows your work, and knows that you can play this game and still play it at a high level and respects that, that means a lot," said Mason. "That's what Coach Rex basically echoed to me: 'You still can play this game. I've seen tape of you last year. You still can play this game at a high level and you can help us.'

"That's all it took, was someone else believing that you could still play this game. So, like I said, why not come down here with the big fella and try to win a championship?"

At least with the Jets, Mason feels wanted. Which seems like the opposite of how the Ravens felt about him.

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Posted on: August 7, 2011 4:09 pm
Edited on: August 8, 2011 6:02 am

Jets' Burress able to take part in team drills

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Jets wideout Plaxico Burress twisted his ankle last Wednesday and he hasn't practiced since. And to hear head coach Rex Ryan tell it, it didn't appear Burress would participate in full team practices for the third session in a row.

Ryan sounded like Burress might get some work in individual drills, but the team didn't want to bring him back too quickly and risk a setback, CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Lisa Zimmerman wrote early Sunday afternoon.

"I want to proceed really cautiously here. I don't want to do too much with him," Ryan said, according to ESPN New York. "But he's moving around good."

Given the Jets' precarious situation at wide receiver, it's probably best to proceed cautiously so early in the season. Santonio Holmes, one of the league's best pass-catchers, was just rewarded with a new five-year deal, but New York parted ways with Braylon Edwards, Brad Smith and Jerricho Cotchery, and replaced them with Burress, who's 34 and fresh off a two-year stint in prison, and Derrick Mason, formerly Joe Flacco's go-to guy in Baltimore and three year's Burress' senior.

But here's the thing: practice is underway and Burress doesn't seem to be taking things all that easy.

After Zimmerman's initial report, she filed this: "Burress is participating in individual drills. He has been doing some minor cutting and his ankle does not appear to be bothering him."  Then this, via Newsday's Rod Boone: "Guess who's participating in team drills? Yup. That would be @plaxico" (related: the photo above is courtesy of Boone). Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post added: "Burress is participating in team drills, so he's ahead of the schedule Rex gave this morning."

Which is good news … unless, of course, Burress retweaks the ankle and ends up missing more time. But such concerns are true for every player on the roster. The only difference is that the Jets don't have much depth at wide receiver, and two of the top three WRs are in their mid-30s, and one of them last caught an NFL pass in 2008.

Barring any complications, Burress is still on track to play in the Jets' preseason opener against the Texans on August 15, though Ryan admits that he may not play much.

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