Plaxico Burress Needs to Practice

Michael SamuelSenior Analyst IJuly 28, 2008

Adversity is what helped lead the Giants to a triumphant Super Bowl win over the previously undefeated New England Patriots. The Giants had a leader in defensive Captain Michael Strahan. In the wake of his retirement, the Giants need another leader to emerge.

It should be Plaxico Burress.

Last year, Burress played through injury and, without practicing, he was still able to be Eli Manning's go-to target. He caught a team-high 12 touchdowns in the regular season as well as the game-winning Super Bowl score. 

Despite Burress' sore ankle, he should be practicing. Training Camp is a bonding experience for players, or at least it sure was during my High School football days. The other Giants, to some degree, probably resent that Burress does not have to go through Tom Coughlin's intense practices daily at SUNY Albany.

Burress needs to do more than sit on an exercise bike. He needs to be running routes and learning any changes that may have been made to Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride's system. 

Burress should go out for the morning practice and seek treatment on the ankle all afternoon. Though he was Manning's best receiver, their connection will improve with more time on the practice field. Because teams are focused on individuals match-ups for upcoming games, this relationship is tough to strengthen during the season, and is best suited for building now. 

The point is: Plax needs to step up like the leader he is and practice.