Burress gives Jets a big red-zone threat

July, 31, 2011
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After playing for the New York Giants from 2005-08, Plaxico Burress will continue to call the Meadowlands home after signing a one-year deal with the New York Jets.
Plaxico Burress
Burress

During his four seasons with the Giants (2005-08), Burress caught 33 touchdowns from Eli Manning. The only quarterback-receiver tandem with more touchdowns over that span was Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, with 34.

Burress is one of 10 players in NFL history with 500 receptions, 7,500 receiving yards and 50 receiving TD while averaging 15 yards per reception in his first nine seasons. Despite his high level of production, Burress has never been selected to a Pro Bowl.

At 6 feet, 5 inches, Burress is as tall as any starting wide receiver in the NFL. His height could help a Jets red zone passing attack this season. In 2010, the Jets ranked 28th in red zone completion (49.3) and were tied for 30th in yards per attempt (2.7).

A big target in the red zone, Burress also was one of the better downfield receivers. Since becoming a full-time starter in 2001, Burress had 56 receptions that were at least 30 yards. Only Terrell Owens, Marvin Harrison, Randy Moss and Torry Holt had more from 2001-08.

Despite playing just 10 games in 2008, Burress was one of the most productive receivers in the league during his first tenure in New York. In his four seasons with the Giants, Burress, Owens and Moss were the only receivers who averaged 15 yards per reception and had at least 30 touchdown receptions.

Burress turns 34 on Aug. 12, but that doesn’t mean he can’t still be productive. In 1996 at the age of 34, Jerry Rice led the NFL with 108 receptions. In 2006, Marvin Harrison had more than 1,300 receiving yards after turning 34, and Owens caught 15 touchdowns at that age in 2007.

Finally, only two players have scored a touchdown with both the Jets and Giants – Chuck Mercein and Chad Morton. Assuming he catches one TD pass, Burress would be the first player to have a touchdown reception for both New York teams.

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