What has free agent wide receiver Plaxico Burress been up to since we last saw him suit up?
A whole lot of nothing, from all indications.
To Burress’s credit, his presence was a factor in the Jets improvement in the red zone from 30th in the league in 2010 to 1st in 2011. However, his overall tenure was a disappointment.
Burress is still looking for a job right now, as OTA’s and mini-camps are taking place, and it’s safe to say the soon-to-be 35-year-old doesn’t exactly have his phone ringing off the hook.
Despite spending most of his time trying to lobby for employment somewhere around the league, Plaxico Burress also found time this week to take shots at his former quarterback.
On an appearance on ESPN’s joke of a morning show, “First Take,” Burress was asked if Mark Sanchez is the quarterback the Jets can lean on to reach the Super Bowl.
“They just paid him,” Burress said, referring to Sanchez’s contract restructure in March, “So I think they believe he is.”
When asked if he believed Sanchez can lead the Jets to the promised land, Burress dismissed that notion and instead pointed to the other side of the ball.
“I think the defense will,” he said. “I think they definitely have a Super Bowl defense.”
The Jets notably brought in Tim Tebow as a backup quarterback and a jack-of-all-trades type offensive weapon, and Burress commented that he does believe Tebow’s presence can help Sanchez, as the Jets hope it will.
“I think he’s going to make Mark Sanchez a better quarterback,” Burress said. “When they bring in somebody at your position, he’s going to compete for it.”
That being said, Burress was not all that complimentary of Tebow’s quarterbacking skills.
“He’s a great competitor. I’ve seen him win games in the fourth quarter,” Burress said. “But as a starting wide receiver in the NFL? You walk out there on Sundays, you line up… that’s not Peyton Manning back there.”
I suppose Plaxico Burress should be commended for his honesty, though I don’t know if his comments about Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow are necessarily going to help him on his job search.
That being said, the veteran wideout believes that his résumé speaks for itself.
“I’m a lot stronger than I was last year,” he said. “I think a lot of people are going to be surprised at the kind of shape I’m in.”
There’s about 75 days from now until the NFL season kicks off, so there is still time for Burress to latch on to a team.
Maybe until then, it would be wise for his own job prospects for him to keep his thoughts to himself if he doesn’t have anything complimentary to say about former teammates and colleagues around the league.