Will any receiver stand out in 2009?

Without Burress, Hixon and Smith tasked with picking up slack

Updated: July 14, 2009, 12:22 PM ET
By Eric Karabell | ESPN.com

The Plaxico Burress era in New York is finally and mercifully over, and one gets the feeling the daily soap opera for the enigmatic wide receiver was the major stumbling block in the team's bid to repeat as Super Bowl champion. The talented Burress shot himself in the thigh in November, and it was probably no coincidence the team limped to the finish of a 12-4 season, ultimately failing to win a playoff game.

Burress is gone, but his production certainly won't be forgotten anytime soon ...

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