Tuesday, June 7, 2011
How Plax Burress impacts the Cowboys
By Calvin Watkins
Let's be honest, Plaxico Burress is not coming to the Cowboys. It doesn't make sense, so we're not going to debate it here.
However, where Burress ends up could have an impact on the Cowboys.
Of his 55 career touchdowns, six have come against the Cowboys, the most against any team. In the NFC East, where the numbers are higher because he played for the New York Giants, he caught 105 passes for 1,555 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Here are some possible destinations for Burress and how it messes with Dallas:
New York Jets
The Cowboys visit Mark Sanchez and the Jets in the season opener. If the season starts on time, Sept. 11, it will be an emotional opener and maybe Burress gets lost here because of the ceremonies regarding 9/11. However, what a great matchup of Mike Jenkins vs. Plaxico Burress on third down plays.
I think this is the best spot for him. He was born in Norfolk, Va., so it puts him close to family which might be good from a support standpoint. He's got two games a season vs. the Cowboys and if he's going to get his act together, why not play for Mike Shanahan, who doesn't take crap from anybody.
If the Bills can handle Terrell Owens, they should take on Burress, who is used to playing in cold weather and might do well. Cowboys take on the Bills in Week 10. The problem of course is the quarterback situation and whether and not Chan Gailey can get Burress the ball.
Bill Parcells is no longer running things so Jeff Ireland make take a shot on Plax. In 11 AFC East games, Burress averages 16.3 yards per catch. Not bad. Dallas takes on Miami in Week 12. Buress' agent Drew Rosenhaus has a close relationship with Dolphins officials, so it just might work.
So while the Cowboys won't get Burress, he just might face them in 2011 and while he's been off for two seasons, he could have an impact.