Saturday, October 22, 2011
Rex: We won't force it to Plax
By Ian Begley
If Plaxico Burress has a breakout game Sunday, it will happen within the natural flow of the offense.
Rex Ryan said on Friday that he doesn't want Mark Sanchez to force the ball to Burress, who has only 14 receptions and more dropped passes (three) than touchdown catches (two) in six games.
"We want to get the ball to him and all of our guys, but sometimes, as [we] talk about, 'Just throw it to the open guy.' That's what we're all about. We're not going to force. We tried to force it when we were up several scores before, but that's not what we're all about. We're just going to hit the open guy."
Sanchez was injured late in the Jets' route of Jacksonville on a play in which he tried to force a pass to Burress.
Ryan made it clear that won't happen again on Friday. Earlier in the week, the coach admitted Burress has been slightly out of sync with Sanchez.
It probably pained Ryan to admit it, but Burress' numbers reinforce the point.
Against Miami, he was targeted four times and had one catch for 16 yards and a drop.
Against the Cowboys in the season opener, he was targeted nine times and had four catches for 72 yards. Against the Patriots, eight targets, three catches and 42 yards.
The Jets signed Burress to a one-year, $3 million deal in the offseason. He hadn't played for nearly two years after accidentally shooting himself in the leg and serving time on an illegal weapons charge.
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The former first-round pick is in a three-way tie for the league lead in forced fumbles, with three in limited playing time.
"That just shows how he plays," Ryan said. "He is a passionate guy and his motor is running."
Maybin, the 11th overall pick in 2009, didn't record a sack in 27 career games with the Bills. He also never started, drawing the ire of fans and media. He hit rock bottom last season, when he was declared inactive for five straight games. He has two sacks in three games under Ryan.
"Sometimes, it just clicks," Ryan said. "It takes a little time with a guy and then, for whatever reason, it clicks for him."
Information from ESPNNewYork's Rich Cimini and Jane McManus was used in this report.