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Friday, June 17, 2011
Burress 'absolutely' a match for Sanchez


At a book-signing event Thursday night, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan dodged questions about whether he'd be interested in signing free-agent receiver Plaxico Burress once the lockout ends.

But ESPN analysts Herm Edwards and Marcellus Wiley, a couple of guys with AFC East pasts, weren't bashful in sharing their opinions. They pondered how Burress would fit in with the Jets and agreed he would look good in green.

Edwards said the Jets "absolutely" should pursue Burress.

"This is a receiver that's a big, physical receiver," Edwards said. "He fits the bill. He's used to playing in the cold.

"The thing you like about Plaxico, he adjusts to the football. He's quarterback-friendly. When you think about the New York Jets, Mark Sanchez threw 17 touchdown passes. That has to pick up.

"They got a good running game. This guy is a matchup problem in the red zone. That's where this guy can make hay for you."

Wiley also emphasized the help a target like Burress would provide to Sanchez.