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Plax praises Mark Sanchez

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 throws

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 throws a pass during practice at the Atlantic Health Training Facility. (June 14, 2012) Credit: Newsday/Joe Epstein

Former Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress sees a bright future for Mark Sanchez.

The former USC standout took a lot of the blame for the Jets (8-8) missing the playoffs last season.

But Burress, who didn't endorse Sanchez during an interview on ESPN's First Take last month, changed course and came out in support of the quarterback on Monday, according to WFAN.

“He definitely has enough arm,” Burress told WFAN. “He was battling some injuries last year, shoulder-wise that a lot of people didn’t know about. Different things like that. But I think he really turned a corner.”

Those statements were a far cry from what Burress had to say on June 21.

Burress, in an interview on First Take, refused to endorse Sanchez when asked if he was the quarterback to lead the Jets to the Super Bowl and said: “They just paid him, so I think they believe he is.”

Sanchez, despite being criticized for an inconsistent season, posted career highs in touchdown passes (26), passing yards (3,474), QB rating (78.2) and completion percentage (56.7). He also threw 18 interceptions and lost eight fumbles.

There’s no telling what prompted the about-face on Burress’ part, but he was very complimentary of his former signal-caller on Monday.

Burress added his thoughts on what could be a fierce quarterback battle this fall between Sanchez and newly acquired Tim Tebow.

“When they bring somebody in at your position, you don’t have no choice but to go up and either perform or go home,” Burress said. “It’s that kind of deal in the NFL. It’s a dog-eat-dog league.”

Burress, who served 21 months in a New York State prison for gun possession, knows what that is all about.

After a 45-catch, 8-touchdown season, Burress, 34, is still looking for a job. 
 

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