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Plaxico Burress Defends Former Teammate Mark Sanchez

May 18th, 2013 at 3:04 PM
By Donald Lappe

Mark Sanchez has some unlikely detractors around the NFL (see: Steve Smith), but also at least one seemingly unlikely supporter. Plaxico Burress and Mark Sanchez didn't exactly light it up in their lone season together with the New York Jets, but Plaxico Burress is still a supporter of the Jets quarterback.

'New York Jets Receiver Plaxico Burress' photo (c) 2011, Marianne O'Leary - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Mark Sanchez needs to pull everything together if he is going to save his career with the New York Jets. There have been flashes, but never consistent play over an extended period of time. Worse yet, those flashes are a memory at this point, eroded by two futile seasons of offensive incompetence from the Jets.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress believes Mark Sanchez will turn it around. The two spent one season together with the Jets in 2011. If anyone can tell a quarterback prepared to go from below average to a franchise cornerstone, it's probably Plaxico Burress. He was with the New York Giants as Eli Manning progressed from a weekly scapegoat for the Giants to a Super Bowl Champion and one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL.

As Plaxico Burress told Sirius XM Radio:

"I think he will turn the corner and become a good quarterback in the league… I've said that from day one. But he has to just go out and put it together. I believe he will."

It has to be nice for Mark Sanchez to hear that kind of support from someone outside the Jets franchise. At this point, Plaxico Burress has no reason to go out of his way to say positive things about Mark Sanchez, so we can accept his support at face value. The important thing, as Plaxico Burress pointed out, is that Mark Sanchez has to go out and put it all together. It's on him. It's not on Marty Mornhinweg, it's not on the receivers. It's time for Mark Sanchez to take over this team and lead this offense, or step aside for Geno Smith. 

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Tags: 2013 NFL Draft, Eli Manning, Football, Mark Sanchez, New York, New York Giants, New York Jets, NFL, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers, Plaxico Burress, Steve Smith

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