After the New York Jets knocked off the Miami Dolphins a few weeks ago, it looked like the Plaxico Burress signing wasn’t working out. He was struggling to consistently stay involved in the offense and looked disinterested at times. Fortunately, over the past few weeks Burress has done a 180 and is both producing on the field and acting like a veteran leader off it.
Against the San Diego Chargers, Burress showed his ability to still dominate in the red-zone with three touchdown receptions. The following week he put together his most complete performance of the season against the Buffalo Bills with 5 receptions for 79 yards. Burress scored his fourth touchdown in three weeks the next game against the Patriots and then this past Thursday he added another 4 receptions for 64 yards against the Broncos.
He looks better getting off the line of scrimmage and has routinely drawn defensive pass interference penalties. Considering his pace to score around 10 touchdowns, it is looking like the signing may actually pay off.
Off the field, Burress hasn’t sniped about Mark Sanchez’s inconsistent play, which he has been baited to do in multiple post-game press conferences. Today he actually stepped up and took responsibility for Sanchez’s pick six against the Denver Broncos saying he should have came back to the ball more. In reality, considering the type of route he was running, a whip route (very similar to an out), that wasn’t necessarily the case. Rod Boone of Newsday tweeted out that Sanchez seemed to appreciate the sentiment from Burress and considering the heat he has been facing from everybody lately receiving some support from his veteran receiver certainly doesn’t hurt. It was a good, veteran move by Plax to take some of the blame even when it wasn’t his fault.
The Jets offense will need Burress to continue to strive down the stretch if they have any plans of making a post-season run.