If nearly two years in prison didn't slow down Plaxico Burress, neither will two weeks on the sidelines, said fellow wide receiver Derrick Mason.
“I know how he’s going to look. He’s going to look great. I know so,” Mason said after the team’s morning walk-through. “I’m not going to be surprised by anything Plax does on the field today. Maybe if he comes out and takes a breather I might be surprised.”
Head coach Rex Ryan said Burress (ankle) feels the best he’s felt all preseason and will practice Wednesday afternoon. Behind closed doors, far from the media's glare, Burress has been working hard in preparation for Sunday’s game against Cincinnati, his teammate said.
“He’s put in a lot of work,” said Mason. “Sometimes you guys don’t see where he’s inside putting in work, classroom studying heavy. Plax is doing what he needs to do so when he does get back on the field, he’ll be ready.”
The Jets receiving corps may feature new faces, but the potential for greatness is sky-high, said Mason.
“I’m very optimistic,” said the wide receiver, now in his 15th season. “You have a Super Bowl MVP, a guy that caught the winning touchdown in the Super Bowl and then myself, who played a lot of years, who caught a lot of balls and then we’ve got a very good, young quarterback. So I’m very optimistic about what this offense can do. But we all have to stay on the same page and we all have to stay on the field.”
But first, Burress must work through some growing pains – starting with Wednesday’s practice.
“I think the challenge is physical,” said Mason. “Not being able to condition the way you want to condition in the offseason that’s very key in this sport,” he said. “So I think that part probably was the hardest part for him, but he looks in good condition. Once he gets out there on the field I know he’s going to be a little winded cause he hasn’t been able to practice but it’s just like riding a bike. Once you get out there you start to feel a little better.”