If Plaxico Burress rejoins the New York Giants and his tank isn't on empty, and that is a big if, he could have a surprising impact on the team.
It must be said that when Plax went to prison he was already in the process of losing a step, and now at the age of 34 and having spent the last two years in prison it is debatable as to what kind of impact Plaxico would have, if any. And while Eli Manning, co-owner Steve Tisch and general manager Jerry Reese might support the re-signing of Plax they all need to convince head coach Tom Coughlin first, who was livid with Plaxico when he went to prison.
But I know just as the Giants do that Plaxico is an athletic freak. And to top it off Plax already knows the Giants offense, which hasn’t changed, and has a good chemistry with Eli. So while Plax will be slow, that isn’t a big deal considering he is 6'5", 240 pounds, in other words Plax’s game has never been about speed.
Plax’s style of playing wide receiver is kind of like a basketball player fighting for a rebound. Plax boxes out, shields opponents and uses his body to get between defenders and the ball. And at Plax’s size his reach is beyond that of the average cornerback's.
So while I think it is safe to assume the days of Plax being a scheme-busting No. 1 wide receiver are done, he could be a great possession receiver for a few years.
And with Steve Smith recovering from microfracture surgery, that is exactly what the Giants and Eli need.
The following slideshow is a list of five Giants and how Plaxico’s signing could impact them, and of course this is assuming Plax has something left in the tank.