Now, obviously, the Giants haven't exactly been the same team since Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself, but it is surprising to see just how much worse they have played, specifically the quarterback.
Eli Manning has dearly missed his No. 1 receiver. He has managed to throw only two touchdown passes in his last five games, neither of which was to a wide receiver.
Burress stands at 6'5" and was New York's No. 1 threat inside the red zone. If nothing else, Plaxico attracted double coverage on every snap, which would allow other Giant receivers (Toomer, Smith, Hixon) to get separation.
The Giants were 12-1 with Burress and 4-3 without him.
Last Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles obviously was hard to swallow for Giants fans. The loss gives a bittersweet taste to an otherwise successful year in which New York showed absolutely no Super Bowl hangover.
But there might be reason to smile if you're a Giants fan. Well, maybe.
New York might be getting back its heavily scrutinized wideout, assuming he is able to avoid jail. Giants GM Jerry Reese must have finally seen the difference that Plaxico makes.
After Sunday's loss to the Eagles, he was asked about the possibility of Burress rejoining the team next season.
"If everything goes all right, yeah."
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