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Plax: I know I can dominate the red zone

Plaxico Burress AP

Wide receiver Plaxico Burress isn’t sure exactly what kind of role the Steelers have in mind for him during the 2013 season, but he’s confident that he hasn’t lost one skill that made Burress a standout during his first stint with Pittsburgh and in his run with the Giants.

Burress believes that he can still be a difference maker near the end zone, something he didn’t get much of a chance to show during a brief cameo with the Steelers last season. He caught three passes in four games, including a touchdown in the season finale against the Chiefs. Burress said he saw teams defending him with the same kind of respect in the red zone, however, and thinks he can still make a big impact when the Steelers are looking for a touchdown.

“I know I can still play, I know I can dominate in the red zone,” Burress said, via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Just go out and play at a high percentage. In those one-on-one opportunities, just succeed at a high rate. I know I can. Being out there last year, I drew double coverage in the red zone without hardly playing, I think teams will have to respect that.”

Burress’ one-year stint with the Jets in 2011 didn’t bring tremendous overall success, but it lends some strength to his claims of red zone superiority. He caught eight touchdowns, tying for the team lead and showing he could still overpower smaller defensive backs on balls thrown into the end zone.

Burress called himself “blessed” to get another shot with the Steelers. The Steelers will likely feel the same way if Burress turns his feelings about dominance into reality.

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24 Responses to “Plax: I know I can dominate the red zone”
  1. steelcityfinest13 says: Jun 9, 2013 10:32 AM

    Yeah hes blessed..with SIZE….i dont care about his age if he can still draw the double team thats something we have to feed off…

  2. bettis3636 says: Jun 9, 2013 10:42 AM

    Ben and Plax reunion… its a beautiful thing! Gonna be like 2004 all over again!!

  3. gbmickey says: Jun 9, 2013 11:01 AM

    The team was desperate to sign this washed up receiver.

  4. runtheball says: Jun 9, 2013 11:22 AM

    He is perfect for the dink and dunk offense.

  5. blackngold4life says: Jun 9, 2013 12:11 PM

    They may need him if Miller isn’t ready since nobody else gets the ball down there anyway..

  6. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Jun 9, 2013 12:28 PM

    Burress is a playmaker who has shown moments (non consistent) of greatness. Although not a spry chicken he has some left in the task. I liked him a lot the year he was with us & was sorry that he didn’t come back in 2012. Very productive in the red zone. Given our anemic offense Jets letting him go was a dumb move in a line of dumb moves under the Tannenbaum/Ryan era. We could have used him last year & set us up better for this year given our lack of depth at receiver. Jason Hill who they opted for instead has done squat!!

  7. Patskrieg dot com says: Jun 9, 2013 2:35 PM

    As long as Ellis Hobbs is covering him the sky is the limit.

  8. toybkshr says: Jun 9, 2013 2:42 PM

    They ought to drug test him right after Cortland Finnegan.

  9. ninetysixer says: Jun 9, 2013 2:50 PM

    it’s nice to have confidence, try not to shoot yourself again plexi.

  10. tlmoon2112 says: Jun 9, 2013 2:57 PM

    But can you dominate the red zone without shooting yourself in the leg?

  11. Slim Charles says: Jun 9, 2013 3:16 PM

    Shame how NYC Liberals ruined this guy’s career.

  12. spedman24 says: Jun 9, 2013 3:17 PM

    You know what’s nice about him going back to Pitt? Instead of shooting himself, he could now hang out w/big Ben & have little girls dry hump his leg. Win win situation.

  13. stevenwilliams2013 says: Jun 9, 2013 4:35 PM

    Who knows, he might have a SHOT!

  14. namaths5thofwhiskey says: Jun 9, 2013 5:04 PM

    People just think about it. He gave Sanchez 8 TDs in the red zone. Last year Sanchez threw 11 or so picks in the red zone. Basically Burress is a very good target to have in the red zone.

  15. alchemistcirca1979 says: Jun 9, 2013 5:39 PM

    the season finale was against the browns, not chiefs

  16. EJ says: Jun 9, 2013 5:49 PM

    Good player, but is he worth all the drama?

  17. bobzilla1001 says: Jun 9, 2013 6:24 PM

    The Steelers would’ve been better off it they had brought back Hines Ward.

  18. nickster31 says: Jun 9, 2013 7:39 PM

    Plax is PERFECT for this situation, and EXACTLY what the Steelers needed. Everyone needs to realize, even if Ben doesn’t throw him the ball, teams will be FORCED to either double him, leaving someone else in man to man, or put a DB on him that is at least 5 inches shorter. He doesn’t need speed, he is only going 5-10 yards.

  19. realdealsteel says: Jun 9, 2013 7:41 PM

    With no Heath Miller for a large chunk of the season, Burress will have to be the first option in the red zone by default. With that said, that should open up things for Brown, Sanders and even Weaton.

  20. realdealsteel says: Jun 9, 2013 7:41 PM

    Oh..and that big WR we drafted, Brown too. He will get his chances also.

  21. raiderinva says: Jun 9, 2013 8:10 PM

    Now that Ray Lewis has retired maybe Plax will not be so scared of the middle of the field.

    His first stint in Pitt he got lit up going across the middle of the end zone and was never the same after.

  22. Joemontanaflacco says: Jun 9, 2013 10:04 PM

    Gunshots rang out like a bell. I grabbed my nine all I heard were shells.

  23. troy43mvp says: Jun 11, 2013 11:18 AM

    For the money he is worth the small risk. They are only asking him to be what he already is…a big target.

  24. sbchampsagain says: Jun 17, 2013 1:52 PM

    Plax will likely have the same stats that Randy Moss had in SF this past year.

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