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Big Name Available Player Primer: Plaxico Burress

(This is the first part of the coverage of available players that have been linked to the Rams by fans or the media.)

So, the Rams are short experience in their wide receiver corps and Plaxico Burress finds himself potentially available as his trial for carrying an illegal weapon and accidentally shooting himself was delayed until September or later.  Plax is a WR and the Rams need WRs…

So, let’s get down to brass tacks.  Should the Rams sign Plaxico?

First and foremost, Burress is a great wide receiver and at his peak could be one of the top 10 pass catchers in the NFL.  He’s big, strong and fast with great hands.  He would compliment the Rams young receivers well as he would command safety attention allowing them to get 1 on 1 coverage.  And it is always fun to say “Plax!”.

The price to acquire Burress is very low as I believe he is a free agent because the New York Football Giants cut him loose.  That gives him the advantage over other wide receivers available by trade.

However, Plaxico was always at odds with the New York Giants coaching staff for missing practice, being late for meetings and general sauciness.  He was fined numerous times that were reported and plenty that went unreported.  If we want a player that will be a veteran presence for the Rams and the young receivers in the “Teen Squad”, needless to say, we don’t want him falling asleep in meetings and missing practice.  Tim Hassleback had this to say about Plax’s work ethic in meetings and practice,
“…If you want to wait for a guy to show up to meetings, if you want to have to beg a guy to run full-speed in practice, if you want a guy that would disappear in games because he doesn’t get the ball early – then look, Plaxico Burress is your guy.”  Tim was a teammate of Burress’s in New York for two years.

Ok, so there’s also this off the field business.  Plaxico’s gun misfiring and subsequent arrest is certainly going to draw the attention of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.  Burress will more than likely be suspended for some time at the start of the 2009 season.  Burress has been in and out of trouble with civil lawsuits and domestic disturbances since he joined the NFL.

Plaxico Burress is a talented player, but also a talented knucklehead who will bring a media circus to Rams Park.  He’s a very talented football player, but he does not have a high work rate and is not a great teammate.  Taking those problems alone without the off the field issues and potential suspension makes “Plax” a no.

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3 Responses to “Big Name Available Player Primer: Plaxico Burress”

  1. Mark Peterson says:

    Are you kidding me? Yes… he is a knucklehead, but have you looked at the roster? We have Avery. That’s it. You get him… you coach him… you do whatever you have to do, but you sign him. The Rams are exactly the type of team where he is going to land. His attitude will turn when he recognizes job opportunities 2 and 3 are McDonalds and Taco Bell.

    • Dj Williams says:

      Get em! Definate offense upgrade! And we need somebody beside the fans to call out bulger when u does somethin weenyish

  2. […] And Herm “You play to win the game” Edwards placed Plaxico Burress on the St. Louis Rams.  We went through this before, about 2 years ago when Plaxico was released by the Giants and we were not sure if he was going to get jail time.  […]

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