Plaxico Burress was on his way to catch a flick with his family over the weekend when he bumped into an old friend.
"I actually ran into Eli the other day at the movies, coming out. I was going to see the Smurfs," Burress said following the Jets' 17-3 win over the Giants at MetLife Stadium. "It was him and Shaun O’Hara.
"We talked for a little while, but it was good for me and him to have some good laughs out there on the field after the game, and we joked around a little bit. He’s a phenomenal, talented quarterback. He’s going to do whatever, sky’s the limit. I think that he’s going to keep getting better and better as time goes on."
None of Burress' other former Giants teammates were at the movie theater, so he spent time during the pregame warmups last night getting reacquainted with a few. The wide receiver even shook co-owner John Mara's hand, which was a very public moment.
"I saw those guys a few weeks ago," Burress said, referring to his Aug. 1 meeting with Giants brass at the Timex Performance Center. "It’s just good to get out there, and see some of them before warmups and everybody’s supporting me, wanting me to do well, and wishing me good luck.
"So, I mean, it’s a good feeling. It’s just good to have their support, and like I said, we did some great things while I was over there, and it’s just good that everybody’s supporting me and wishing me well."
Burress didn't post any receptions against his old mates. He was targed four times, two of which were misfires by Mark Sanchez.
“He didn’t get too many balls thrown his way this time, but I am pretty sure that as the season goes on he and Sanchez will get on the same page and start to make plays together,” Giants cornerback Aaron Ross said. “I mean, he’s just a great player. I know he still has it in him, he showed it in his first preseason game. Our coaches did a great job in calling the right defense for us to keep the ball out of his hands.”
Burress was the Jets' lone captain, going out to midfield by himself for the coin toss. It's something Rex Ryan does on occasion -- he had Jason Taylor serve as the sole captain in the Jets' September meeting with the Dolphins in South Florida last season -- and Burress only had one thought in his mind as he stood there.
"Not to lose the toss, but that didn’t happen," Burress said with a laugh. "We lost that one, but we pretty much got what we wanted. The defense got to go out and get a stop. Our goal was to go out and score on the first drive on offense, but we didn’t do that. My goal was to not to lose the toss, so it didn’t start off the way I wanted, but it felt good for Rex to choose me as a captain, to go out there by myself and represent this team and the organization.
"That was definitely a good feeling and I enjoyed it."