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Plaxico Burress is blowing people up on blocks

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As I watched NFL Network’s NFL Replay of Sunday’s Jets-Raiders game, one thing really stood out to me: Jets receiver Plaxico Burress was absolutely dominating the Raiders’ secondary.

No, not as a receiver: Burress had a fine day catching the ball, grabbing three passes for 55 yards and a touchdown. But what had me amazed was how many times Burress was drilling the Raiders’ defensive backs when Jets running backs Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson had the ball.

On a sweep to Greene, a brutal Burress block knocked Raiders defensive back Matt Giordano down, forcing Giordano to leave the game. It was reminiscent of the block Burress laid on Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins in Week One, knocking Jenkins out of that game.

On the Jets’ biggest play of the game, a 74-yard catch-and-run by Tomlinson, it was a Burress block on Raiders cornerback Chris Johnson that sprung Tomlinson, turning what would have been about a 20-yard gain into an open-field sprint on which Tomlinson finally got pushed out of bounds at the 1-yard line.

In the second quarter Burress drove Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt straight back for almost 10 yards before finally shoving him out of bounds, and Greene followed Burress for a 15-yard gain. Four plays later Greene ran for 12 yards, and Raiders defensive back Joe Porter couldn’t get there in run support because Burress backed him away.

For all the talk of whether Burress would be able to return to top speed after his two years in prison, the question of whether Burress would be able to get back to top strength has been answered: Burress looks tougher than ever as a run blocker.

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71 Responses to “Plaxico Burress is blowing people up on blocks”
  1. thompgk says: Sep 28, 2011 2:21 PM

    Insert prison showers joke

  2. gtorlone says: Sep 28, 2011 2:23 PM

    The title of this story can be misconstrued in a couple of other ways.

  3. dayumyou says: Sep 28, 2011 2:23 PM

    well groovy for him….all the good it did they still lost to the Raiders:)

  4. toddm6d says: Sep 28, 2011 2:26 PM

    Between this and the Welker article… that’s a lot of blowing going on in the NFL.

  5. kevpft says: Sep 28, 2011 2:26 PM

    Cool. Nice observation!

  6. claydefayette says: Sep 28, 2011 2:28 PM

    It’s better that he take it out on others rather than himself for once.

  7. gyantphan4life says: Sep 28, 2011 2:28 PM

    Well yeah, he’s pretty tall and just got out of prison. They would have to be on blocks. Or anything elevated.

  8. favreforever says: Sep 28, 2011 2:28 PM

    Plax is meaner ‘n a prison yard dog.

  9. hooks024 says: Sep 28, 2011 2:29 PM

    Where the f were these blocks when he was a giant? We’d have 3 frickin rings in his time there if he was doing this instead of his best randy moss impression.

  10. duncanthecat says: Sep 28, 2011 2:30 PM

    Congrats to the Jets for the solid free agent signing.

    Just have to figure out how to get him the ball more.

  11. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Sep 28, 2011 2:32 PM

    they still lost. but cool post bro

  12. fcs34 says: Sep 28, 2011 2:33 PM

    I wonder what would happen if Plax blew up Welker while Welker was blowing up the league ? Scary stuff…

  13. ianwhetstone says: Sep 28, 2011 2:33 PM

    He’s always been a strong run blocker; it was one of the reasons the Steelers liked him coming out of college. And, five years’ tutelage from Hines Ward didn’t hurt him any, either. Nor prison angst, I imagine.

  14. brs027 says: Sep 28, 2011 2:33 PM

    That’s probably all he did in prison…lift weights

  15. vaporiizz3r says: Sep 28, 2011 2:33 PM

    Looks like he took full advantage of the weight room while he was in prision lol good for him in turning a bad thing into a good thing

  16. gosuhgo says: Sep 28, 2011 2:35 PM

    Glad he kept his weight training up in the prison yard

  17. badmude says: Sep 28, 2011 2:37 PM

    During the 74-yard catch-and-run by Tomlinson. It was Burress who had 2 handfulls of jersey and didn’t let go until after LT had passed by.
    That’s not called blocking, That’s called holding! Check the replay.

  18. trentofgilead says: Sep 28, 2011 2:37 PM

    He knocked Mike Jenkins out for a quarter, not the whole game.

  19. jbl429 says: Sep 28, 2011 2:38 PM

    @hooks024, did you watch Giants games when Plax was on the team? He was a great blocker back then and he still is. Tiki got a lot of his yardage on the right side of the field when Plax was blocking there. Totally underrated part of his game.

  20. bjorntorock says: Sep 28, 2011 2:38 PM

    look what prison can do for you! dont tell the bengals or vikings…

  21. august1969 says: Sep 28, 2011 2:40 PM

    prison makes you mean

  22. fin72 says: Sep 28, 2011 2:40 PM

    I’m sure he got real good at pushing guys away from him over the last 2 years.

  23. mmmpieyummy says: Sep 28, 2011 2:42 PM

    Wow…two articles in a row by MDS with the word ‘blowing’ in the title.

    Coincidence? I think not…

  24. kcflake says: Sep 28, 2011 2:43 PM

    While reading this article I realized about 98% of the PFT stories are worthless.

  25. supashug says: Sep 28, 2011 2:44 PM

    he has been practicing blowing guys in the slammer for 2 years, good practice :)

  26. ny82jy says: Sep 28, 2011 2:44 PM

    One of the main things i was afraid of when the jets let edwards go was that he was a great run blocker. After watching the jets first three games that worry is long gone. This guy is a train and anyone that gets in his was is getting mowed down. He destroyed mike jenkins that hit was insane (can be seen on youtube) and he had another one this week. He knocks guys out and hes already helped out in the red zone. I expect him to just get better as the year goes along. Where is everybody who ripped the jets for letting edwards go?? Edwards is laid up after knee surgery while plax is laying guys out on the field making plays.

  27. richm2256 says: Sep 28, 2011 2:45 PM

    Yeah, that’s what they’re paying him for, blocks.

    Of course, if they had a quarterback who could through the damn ball ….

  28. jpelle82 says: Sep 28, 2011 2:45 PM

    glad to see him being a team player. seems like he bought in and values his second chance

  29. gothwolf says: Sep 28, 2011 2:54 PM

    “It’s good to be home. Because in prison, dog, hey ain’t nothing but fellows up in there.”

  30. twigsandberries says: Sep 28, 2011 3:06 PM

    As Emmitt would say….”Blowed up!”

  31. forthand26 says: Sep 28, 2011 3:08 PM

    Great. Finally, he can take out that aggression on DBs instead of dogs. Never forget.

  32. shaggytoodle says: Sep 28, 2011 3:08 PM

    When you u average just over 2 catches a game you should find something else to do to help the team.

  33. nicosanchez02 says: Sep 28, 2011 3:10 PM

    As I watched NFL Network’s NFL Replay of Sunday’s Jets-Raiders game, one thing really stood out to me: Run DMC!!!!!

  34. raiderrob21 says: Sep 28, 2011 3:19 PM

    Sooooo this article is about a wr blocking for the losing team downfield and not about the OL for the winning team that doninated the jets and ran it all over them at the line of scrimage?????
    I think your watching the wrong tape my friend. Go back and watch the domination at the line of scrimage and write a more appropriate and accurate article.

  35. philtration says: Sep 28, 2011 3:21 PM

    Man….
    Am I glad the Bears made no effort to sign him.
    Instead we got …

    1. Short and slow (Sanzenbacher)
    2. Short and can’t remember the play book (Hester)
    3. Short and can’t catch the ball (Knox)
    4. Tall and lazy (Williams)

  36. gen129 says: Sep 28, 2011 3:25 PM

    Plaxico…Welker …Prison…Blowing…

    In the words of Peter Griffin, “The pieces are there, somebody make something outta that.”

  37. 28purple4mvp says: Sep 28, 2011 3:26 PM

    Great. Finally, he can take out that aggression on DBs instead of dogs. Never forget.

    ? Hes now ron mexico? Michael Vick? He shot himself in the leg. Not a dog.

  38. anhdazman says: Sep 28, 2011 3:29 PM

    So did they sign him to block for RBs or to catch passes? That’s about 1/5 of his job. This article is about worthless as a used jimmy.

  39. 808raiderinparadise says: Sep 28, 2011 3:30 PM

    hahahhaahah whatta joke. Wanna see a block from that game? Samson Satele on the reverse to Denarius Moore. Satele is playing at a Pro-Bowl level thru 3 games. Plax is also known for the #### blocks of rex to mark sanchez

  40. indianajet says: Sep 28, 2011 3:33 PM

    MDS – I see what you did there……clever little fella ain’t ya.

  41. alewatcher says: Sep 28, 2011 3:45 PM

    forthand26 says: Sep 28, 2011 3:08 PM

    Great. Finally, he can take out that aggression on DBs instead of dogs. Never forget.

    —————-

    You must be using your skull to store old rags.

  42. realdraftgm says: Sep 28, 2011 3:51 PM

    Hey he can take out all that aggression on blocks because he had no business having to serve two years for an accident in only he was hurt. And for that myor who put him away for two years to say oh now he is a fan is just trying to get Jets fans votes but I think that is a hyprocrite because that guy ruined his life for two years just to make an example somebody who was not famous maybe probabtion and possibly a couple months in jail. That mayor guy is one of those guys who smiles fakely and manipulates; that guy should not even mention Buress name after he ruined his life and his career. If Vick did not do as good as he has after jail then I don’t even think Buress would have this opportunity.

  43. shikadance says: Sep 28, 2011 3:55 PM

    The block he had on LT’s 74 yard play was the most blatant hold you will ever see. He had both arms wrapped around Chris Johnson. The ref following that play should be suspended for missing the most obvious hold in NFL history. And that fat moron of a coach has the balls to complain about a roughing the passer call that was negated by a bad intentional grounding call. Face Rex, your boys were manhandled by a bigger faster, tougher team. Man up son!

  44. polishrod says: Sep 28, 2011 4:13 PM

    gen129 says:
    Sep 28, 2011 3:25 PM
    Plaxico…Welker …Prison…Blowing…

    In the words of Peter Griffin, “The pieces are there, somebody make something outta that.”

    ——-

    Very fine work, sir

  45. richm2256 says: Sep 28, 2011 4:20 PM

    forthand26 says:
    Sep 28, 2011 3:08 PM
    Great. Finally, he can take out that aggression on DBs instead of dogs. Never forget.

    ————————————————————–
    Right criminal, wrong crime.

    Buress did time for shooting a gun in a crowded bar, hitting himself.

    Vick was the dog killer.

  46. raiderrich510 says: Sep 28, 2011 4:24 PM

    Despite his effort and incredible blocking…the Jets LOST…..to the Oakland Raiders…one of the most embarrassing defeats …broken noses and bruised lungs….now the franchise is in turmoil! But yeah, Buress was great.. ;)

  47. nflofficeadmin says: Sep 28, 2011 4:26 PM

    The Raiders are a tough physical team, but this group of DB’s are not touted as the physical upfront types – that’s not THEIR #1 thing. This article isn’t really saying much of anything.

  48. theharshestreality says: Sep 28, 2011 4:28 PM

    Funny – the WR can hit a DB when he isn’t looking but the DB has to ask “Pretty Please” before hitting a WR. Man, the game is getting lame…

  49. grilledjesus says: Sep 28, 2011 4:30 PM

    Good thing Plax is blocking like a monster because their OL is sucking it right now.

  50. datd00d says: Sep 28, 2011 4:41 PM

    Chalk this up to the cruel tutelage of Hines Ward.

  51. radrhatr says: Sep 28, 2011 4:47 PM

    Remind me to stay off of blocks when he’s around.

  52. btowngetsdown says: Sep 28, 2011 4:51 PM

    He went from cell blocks to run blocks in only a few months.

    Oh and “forthand26,” you should be ashamed of yourself for being such an idiot and even more ashamed of yourself that you let everybody know that by posting your dumb statement.

  53. jerseyshoregiant says: Sep 28, 2011 4:54 PM

    The block for Tomlinson was nice but did anyone see Ahmad Bradshaw run where he stiff armed Rogers-Cromartie and threw him to the ground like a rag doll. Now Bradshaw is a beast!

  54. jerseyshoregiant says: Sep 28, 2011 4:59 PM

    @realdraftgm. Bloomberg never once said he was a fan of Plaxico. Never once!! Burress definitely deserved jail time, maybe not 2 years but Lil Wayne(rapper to those of you who dont know) got a year in jail for having an unlicensed gun on his tour bus in NYC. Of course they found some weed too but it was minimal and he did a year on a gun charge and it didn’t even discharge.

  55. mcthompso says: Sep 28, 2011 5:08 PM

    I must have missed the article about DHB physically dominating Cromartie on blocks (Pretty sure he was the one that bruised his lung). I must have also missed the article about Stanford Routt being in Plax’s grill just as much.

    Oh yeah, the Jets lost that game, the Raiders didn’t win it. This IS the national media we’re talking about.

  56. spartaninnh says: Sep 28, 2011 5:10 PM

    Don’t mess with Plax. Just ask David Terrell. :)

  57. rogeliocgb says: Sep 28, 2011 5:26 PM

    Really? Plaxicos nice blocks? Did you see Samson Satele burry Jets safety ? That was a BLOCK; did you see the Raiders O-line bury the GREAT Jets D-line and linebacker???

    This article is B.S. stop kissing the Jets and talk about real football….

  58. tatum064 says: Sep 28, 2011 6:46 PM

    you got it, rogeliocgb.

    I saw the replay on NFL Network

    Samson Satele annhilated Jim Leonard.

    what was that final score again?

    more Jet-propaganda. Heidi Lives….Jets die.

  59. tatum064 says: Sep 28, 2011 6:48 PM

    excuse me, Satele “annihilated” Jim Leonard!

  60. raiderapologist says: Sep 28, 2011 6:57 PM

    badmude says: Sep 28, 2011 2:37 PM

    During the 74-yard catch-and-run by Tomlinson. It was Burress who had 2 handfulls of jersey and didn’t let go until after LT had passed by.
    That’s not called blocking, That’s called holding! Check the replay.

    Burress was stretching Johnson’s jersey on that play, but that’s how it works. It’s Johnson’s job to either get off the hold or make it noticeable to the ref. If you listen to some Jets fans this week, the only reason they lost that game is because every Raider player on offense held on every play.

  61. dallas001 says: Sep 28, 2011 7:02 PM

    didn’t see the raiders block ,but the jenkins block was kinda a blindside block…. what goes around comes around…………………..

  62. radtrigger says: Sep 28, 2011 7:08 PM

    you would hope that a 6’5″ guy could block tiny little 180lb corners…

  63. pftareraiderhaters says: Sep 28, 2011 8:00 PM

    classic post…..saying how great a receiver is because of the blocking, and because they lost….

    Only MDS can come up with crap. Bottom line raiders are the one who beat the crap out of the jets, and snchez has the broken nose to prove it.

  64. jr4real says: Sep 28, 2011 8:14 PM

    Steelers taught him how to block.

  65. johntonioholmes says: Sep 28, 2011 8:17 PM

    Where do you think he learned to run-block from?

    There’s only one receiver in the NFL who has ever been asked to block defensive ends, and he’s the one who taught Burress everything he knows.

    It’s just too bad everyone dislikes the guy I’m talking about haha.

  66. platinumraider32 says: Sep 28, 2011 9:18 PM

    Jets get mangled and we have an article about a WR throwing blocks….Really??? That’s all you came away with in that game???

    Rex continues to throw his team from the pan into the fire to somehow get them over the hump and thought it’s an early season, doesn’t appear to be working to me.

    Next….Baltimore….Then….New England…. Hmmm…..

  67. balzosteel says: Sep 28, 2011 9:38 PM

    Plaxico Burress looks like Mr. Hanky from South Park with a banked ball cap on.

    HOWWWWDY HOOOOOOE!!!!

  68. Andre's Johnson says: Sep 28, 2011 10:04 PM

    The title of this post is brilliant, if the pun was intended. If it wasn’t intended, it’s still damn funny.

  69. mgflolox says: Sep 29, 2011 3:23 AM

    God, PFT posters are such a sorry, ignorant bunch. Blocking by a WR can result in huge gains by other ball carriers, Just watch any truly good team and you’ll see that a lot of big pays result from a receiver throwing an important block to spring the ballcarrier for a huge gain.

  70. torturedraiderfan says: Sep 29, 2011 7:12 AM

    Receivers get away with pushing-off and holding DBs all the time. Refs never call it. So its easy for a WR to block DBs downfield. That being said, a lot of receivers still don’t block so Plax has to get some credit. Maybe he showed the DBs the gun in his pants so they just rolled over for him. You never know.

  71. farmermonkey says: Sep 29, 2011 10:12 AM

    Yeah, just to reiterate what fellow Steelers fans are saying. He was always a great downfield blocker in Pittsburgh. He got a little overshadowed by Ward, or this wouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody.

    Glad to see him doing well with his career comeback. I was one of the Steelers fans sorry to see him leave.

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