Plaxico Burress Will Be Big Part of Pittsburgh Steelers Offense

By Clyde A. Speller
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If anyone still has any doubt about the passing game of the Pittsburgh Steelers, then doubt no more. Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress mentioned to the media that he has a lot left in his tank as a football player, and that he remains a threat to opposing teams.

“I know I can still play,” said Burress. “I can dominate in the red zone.”

“Being out there last year, I drew double coverage in the red zone without hardly playing, I think teams will have to respect that.”

I’m sure that Burress’ words won’t instill total confidence in the entire Steeler Nation, but it should definitely make them feel a bit better knowing that the soon-to-be 36-year-old receiver could be a good alternative in the red zone and on third-down situations with the potential absence of tight end Heath Miller.

Even being buried on the depth chart behind wide receivers Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, and rookie Markus Wheaton, the 6-foot-5, 232-pound Burress could still be looked upon regularly to use his size to his advantage against smaller defenders, and be Ben Roethlisberger’s security blanket.

After being away from the game during the 2009 and 2010 seasons, Burress proved that he could still produce on the field when he joined the New York Jets in 2011. Though he didn’t put up eye-popping numbers yardage-wise, Burress hauled in eight touchdowns, seven of which were in the red zone.

Burress joined Pittsburgh late in 2012, suiting up for the final four games of the season. His lack of knowledge of the Steelers’ new offensive playbook limited his playing time. However, with a full offseason to get acclimated with the game plan under his belt, Burress could be an important cog in Pittsburgh’s offensive machine.

Clyde A. Speller  is an NFL writer for Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google+

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