Plaxico Burress insists he's having a blast in his new environment.
"It’s fun," the wide receiver said this afternoon following practice. "The guys here are really close, do a lot of things outside football. It’s just fun here. We come to work, we have fun and the goal is to win a championship. And that hunger coming in here every day, it makes you motivated. It makes you want to come in here and work hard every day and help your fellow teammate to get to that point.
"Rex [Ryan] makes it fun. There’s always something new every day. I mean, he’s a character as you well know. It’s just refreshing to come be over here and play with these guys. It’s just something new every day."
Burress has modest stats through his first two games a Jet, in part because he was shut out in Sunday's 32-3 drubbing of the Jaguars. He has just those four receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown he collected in the season opener versus the Cowboys.
Burress was targeted just twice against Jacksonville, and the first ball wasn't thrown his way until the very first play of the fourth quarter, when Ryan actually left Mark Sanchez in so he could get the ball to the 6-5 wideout. The Jaguars rolled coverage to Burress' side, keeping a safety over the top of him on nearly every play he was in on.
He chuckled a bit when asked if he was surprised he was getting doubled after not playing for two seasons.
"It was something that we didn’t expect and I didn’t expect," he said. "But for teams to come out and play me like that after being out for two years and only playing two games – and Tone (Santonio Holes) and the rest of the guys in here – I think it says a lot about us more than it says to their defenses and people that watch it around the league. We still scored 30 points and I didn’t touch the football, Mase (Derrick Mason) had one catch and Tone had one catch.
"I mean, Dustin Keller is too good for teams to play us like that. I think that’s what they’ll find out if teams continue to do that."
That's why there's a part of Burress that can take some gratification knowing he's helping the offense even though he might not be getting the ball. Sure, like any competitor, he'd love to reel in as many catches as possible.
However, he understands sometimes you have to make sacrifices for the greater good.
"We scored 30 points on offense," Burress said. "Tone scored, Dee Mase had a catch and I didn’t have any catches and teams were playing me like I had been playing for the past two years lights out, and I’ve been out of the game. I’ve been in this situation before. It’s not the first time that it’s happened – that I lined up as the ‘X’ receiver and you get doubled. It’s not the first time that it’s happened.
"That’s the reason why you bring a guy like me as the ‘X’ position here. Teams are going to play you differently. I don’t think teams are just going to line up a whole game and just say, ‘Go check 17 and go check No. 10’ and we’re going to beat you. It’s not going to happen."