Free agent wide receiver Plaxico Burress, who was not brought back by the Jets after a one-year stint in 2011, was decidedly tepid in assessing the performance level of Jets quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and newly acquired Tim Tebow.
In an interview on ESPN First Take this morning, Burress was asked if he thought Sanchez could lead the Jets to the Super Bowl.
"They just paid him, so I think they believe he is," Burress replied.
Asked again if he thought Sanchez could get the Jets their second Super Bowl championship, Burress said, "Um, I think the defense will. I think they definitely have a Super Bowl defense."
Burress didn't sound too high on Tebow either.
"As a starting wide receiver in the NFL, you walk out there on Sunday and line up," Burress said, "it's not Peyton Manning back there."
But Burress does think Tebow's presence will force Sanchez to improve.
"I think he’s going to make Mark Sanchez a better quarterback,” Burress said. “When they bring somebody in at your position, he’s going to compete.”
Burress would surely like to be assessing the play of a quarterback actually throwing passes to him this year, but the former Giants' star, who missed the 2009-10 seasons while serving jail time in connection with an illegal weapons possession charge, hasn't been signed. And with training camp right around the corner, it might take a spate of receiver injuries for Burress to get a look.
Burress insists he's ready to play, and thinks he showed enough last year to merit consideration with another team.
“When I look at what I did last year, being away from the game for two years and being able to go out and play at the level I did and go out and being able to score eight touchdowns,” Burress said. “When I went to the Jets, the year before they were last in the red zone. Last time I checked, last season when I was there we were No. 1. I’m a lot stronger than I was last year. I think a lot of people are going to be surprised at the kind of shape I’m in."