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Monday, August 29, 2011
Plaxico Burress, Eli Manning talk

By Mike Mazzeo
Special to ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Guess who Plaxico Burress ran into at the movies on Saturday night?

Eli Manning. Who else?

Burress and Manning, who hooked up for the game-winning score in Super Bowl XLII when they were teammates with the New York Giants, were able to catch up and chat for a bit, Burress said Monday night after his New York Jets beat Manning's Giants 17-3 in a preseason game at MetLife Stadium.

Eli Manning and Plaxico Burress
Eli Manning and Plaxico Burress caught up again after Monday night's game.

"It was him and Shaun O'Hara," said Burress, who was at the theater with his family. "We talked for a little while.

"It's good for me and (Eli) to have some laughs out there after the game and joke around a little bit."

Much was made of Manning not seeing Burress when the 34-year-old wide receiver visited the Giants practice facility on July 29. The Giants were serious about signing Burress, then a free agent, but he instead decided to sign with the rival Jets.

Burress, however, wasn't upset that he never saw Manning that day.

"No. No. Not really. I didn't even know if he was in the building or not," Burress said. "I didn't see a few guys, but I didn't take anything to heart about it or anything like that."

Burress was highly complementary of his former quarterback on Monday night.

"He's a phenomenal talent," Burress said of Manning. "I think the sky's the limit and I think he's gonna keep getting better and better as time goes on."

Before Monday night's game, Burress had a chance to shake hands with and talk to Giants owner John Mara, among others.

"I saw those guys a few weeks ago, and it's just good to get out there and see them before warmups," Burress said. "Everybody's been supporting me and wanting me to do well and wishing me good luck."

Burress said there's no hard feelings between him and the Giants' organization.

"It's just good to have the support," Burress said. "We did some great things while I was over there. It's just good to have everybody's supporting me and wishing me well."

Burress said he'll be "ready" for the season opener. He missed the first two weeks of practice and the Jets' preseason opener with an ankle injury.

Burress did not have any catches on Monday night despite being targeted four times.

"I have no idea, you'd have to ask them," Jets head coach Rex Ryan replied when asked if the Giants game-planned to try and negate Burress.

Manning wasn't asked about Burress on Monday night, but said it wouldn't be "weird" to see him on the opposing sideline earlier in the week.

"I don't think it will be weird," Manning said. "If you play in this league long enough you will play against some teammates. He was a great teammate for the Giants, we had a great run together, but things happened and obviously he is with the Jets now and playing well so I am happy for him."

"I haven't seen him in a long time so I am looking forward to seeing him before or after the game," Manning added.

Several Giants had campaigned for the team to re-sign Burress, who wound up taking a full guaranteed one-year deal from the Jets worth $3.017 million.

Burress visited with Giants brass including head coach Tom Coughlin and general manager Jerry Reese, but never saw Manning, who was in a meeting.

Manning made it clear that signing Burress was a management decision and he did not want to offend his teammates by campaigning for Burress.

Manning said he spoke with Burress by phone after he was released from prison, but never made it to see him while Burress spent 20 months there.

"I thought about it a few times," Manning said. "It just never worked out. Just one of those deals. As soon as he got out, called him a few weeks after and just talked to him for a little bit. It sounded like he learned a lot and it changed his life."

Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.