Earlier this afternoon in an interview with Rich Gannon and Adam Schein on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Plaxico Burress was asked about four teams that he thought he could fill a void in. The Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers and Miami Dolphins.
He said all four teams mentioned were good teams, and commented on Cam Newton’s work ethic saying it was great and he was a very hard worker, and that he views Steve Smith as one of the top-five receivers in the game. He said he didn’t know too much about the Browns, but made the connection to Browns HC Pat Shurmur who was a Tight Ends coach during his time at Michigan State. He talked a bit about the Raiders and said that he believes Carson Palmer has always had one of the best deep balls in all of football since he can remember, and thought that Darrius Heyward-Bey and Louis Murphy would only get better with Carson tossing them the rock.
He then talked about the Dolphins and mentioned that Reggie Bush did a little bit of unofficial recruiting for the team telling Burress that he needed to come down and play for the Fins.
“I ran into Reggie Bush a few weeks ago at the Heat and Celtics game, and he was just like ‘Man, please just come down here and make some plays, you know, we don’t have the receivers to go up and get the ball in the Red Zone and things like that’ and I told him ‘hey man, if my phone rings, you never know’
Gannon jumped in Jokingly and said “you need to stop running into Reggie Bush and start running into Jeff Ireland (Dolphins GM) and Joe Philbin (Dolphins HC)!”
There are two things here: A) Reggie Bush doesn’t think the talent level is there with the Dolphins as far as receiver goes (at least he didn’t say they stink) and B)He’s trying to reel in some talent at receiver because Fins GM Jeff Ireland clearly hasn’t made an effort to bring in receiver help since trading Brandon Marshall.
It’ll be interesting to see where Plaxico ends up, during the interview he talked about how last year was really a re-learning year for him because of his two-year absence from the NFL, and that he didn’t really get to get into full on readiness due to his ankle injury that kept him sidelined throughout training camp and the preseason. He talked about his legs not being at 100 % and how it would affect him more times than others throughout the year, but he said he is ready this season and just looking for the right fit.
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Sports-Kings Senior NFL Columnist – Justin Arbogast