Plaxico Burress‘ first game in his return from prison played out ideally.
He had a key touchdown reception. He gave the ball to his son in the stands. The Jets won. All was good in the world.
Things weren’t nearly as smooth for Burress in the Jets’ Week 2 win over the Jaguars. Double-covered for much of the game, he didn’t register a single catch. Perhaps more surprisingly, Burress’ playing time was cut — he was on the field for just 35 snaps, as opposed to 53 in Week 1 against the Cowboys.
In the past, this was grounds for the type of temper tantrum that became customary earlier in his career. But on Sunday, we were treated to a kinder, gentler Burress.
“I didn’t catch a ball, but we scored 30 points,” Burress said in Monday’s edition of the New York Daily News. “I got a smile on my face. I’m going home happy.”
Burress wasn’t even targeted until the fourth quarter, when Mark Sanchez sailed a sure TD pass over his head from six yards out. Burress was known to stomp and flail his arms when Giants QB Eli Manning displeased him. But Burress took the opposite tact with Sanchez.
“I guess it kind of got away from him a little bit,” Burress said. “Sometimes, it happens. I’m not complaining, throwing a fit or anything like that.”
So is this the new Plaxico Burress? A man who struggled through hardships and came out better on the other side? Or is this just an act, a bluff sure to give way if any more zeroes show up in his box score?
Time will tell, but we’re guessing Giants fans aren’t buying it.
– Dan Hanzus