Plaxico Burress Best Fit in Washington?
Plaxico Burress is set to be released from jail june 6th and is eligible to return to the NFL as soon as the lockout is lifted and free agency begins. So the question now becomes where does he belong?
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bPlaxico Burress is a guy who stands 6′5 232 lbs at 33 years old having caught his last NFL pass against Baltimore November 16th 2008. Granted it has been that long since he has played in the NFL there is different transition from missing time for a reciever than there is a quarterback and Mike Vick was a starter by his 2nd season in the league. He will return still knowing how to run good routes, he still has good hands, he will have the same learning curve in terms of a new offense as any free agent on the market will. Also he brings 505 career receptions for 7,845 yards and 55 tds meaning worst case scenario he comes in a little out of shape and still competes for a number 2 reciever spot on the roster of most NFL teams. I have one perfect fit for him however and it’s with an NFC East team but not New York, Washington.
Washington provides a place in which there is no number 2 reciever. Anthony Armstrong broke out last season but his size makes him better suited for a slot reciever role. Adding a guy like Plaxico Burress who stands 6′5 230 alongside a couple guys that stand 5′10 in Moss, and Armstrong 5′11. The Skins did draft Leonard Hankerson who could compete for a starting job but does anyone think adding Burress would hurt the Redskins. They let Joey Galloway walk and behind Moss there is no other veteran presence. Burress brings size, solid route running, great hands, and another big play threat for an offense that ranked 8th…yes suprisingly enough 8th in passing last season.
The Redskins took other steps in the draft to help out a horrible run game that produced just under 92 yards per game last season. Gone are Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson, and Willie Parker, in are rookies Rob Helu my personal sleeper for rookie of the year this season in the 4th round he is a guy Shanahan covets he brings good hands out of the backfield, and is great as that type of 1 cut go type back that fits this offense. They selected another running back in the 6th round Evan Royster was the all time leading rusher for Penn State people say he lacks the speed to excell as a running back at the NFL level but as a role player in a running back by committee system he should be a great asset to the Redskins. Ryan Torain and Keiland Williams return to the line up as well so that will just aid in the fact that Burress would be a great addition.
You want more motivation for this move? Chris Cooley their h-back/tight end caught 77 passes last season and is actually 2 inches smaller than Burress. If he could actually add a bit of weight without loosing a step he would be a great candidate to run routes from the backfield at times due to his ability to make big plays out of short passes. He is great at breaking tackles and could be a tremendous weapon lining up all over the field.
Long Story Short this is one Eagles fan that seriously hopes for once my article isn’t read by the team it’s written about!