Friday, January 28, 2011
Bring Back Plax?
The biggest story surrounding the Giants lately is Plaxico Burress and whether they should bring him back or not. I was against this at first, but under the right circumstances, this could be one of the big acquisitions, both literally and figuratively. At 6'5", he presents a lot of matchup problems, since a lot of corners are just around 6 feet tall. Just as long as he's not the #1 wide receiver to start camp, the Giants should consider him.
One thing you can say about Burress is that he doesn't get pushed around very easily, just take a look at the 2008 NFC Championship game. He was getting pushed and hit nonstop by Nick Collins and Charles Woodson and what does he do? Not much, just 11 receptions for 151 yards. He also had the game-winning touchdown in Super Bowl XLII, but you already knew that. If he's healthy, the Giants should give him a chance.
If for no other reason, the Giants should sign him just to give them confidence against the Eagles. When was the last time the Giants defeated the Eagles? That would be Week 10 in 2008, which was the last time the Giants had Burress against the Eagles. He only had one catch that game, but it was a touchdown. That's the thing about Plaxico Burress and the Eagles. You don't know how big of a game he's going to have against them, but you know he's going to burn them. It's very easy to forget how unstoppable the Giants were in 2008 with Burress. They were 11-1 with Burress and 1-4 (including the playoffs) without him. The Giants could've very easily won back to back Super Bowls had Burress not shot himself. How does that expression go? Something like 'Just don't shoot yourself in the foot'.
If the price is right, the Giants should bring back Burress. With Steve Smith coming off of arthroscopic knee surgery, the Giants could use all the depth they can get.