Plaxico Burress Interview Transcript 8/1/11

On Monday the New York Jets latest addition wide receiver Plaxico Burress addressed the media.  Here is the transcript courtesy of the Jets.

On what he’s been doing to get back into football shape…

“I’ve been in South Florida, throwing and running around with some of the quarterbacks that are starting quarterbacks in this business right here and doing one-on-one drills against different defensive backs that play in this league who are starters. Just running my routes and catching the ball, it feels like I’ve never left. I do expect some rust at some point. I feel great, I’m healthy, which I haven’t been in a long, long time and I think that’s going to be the difference for me getting back to get where I want to be real fast.”

On if he received better offers in free agency and why he chose the Jets…

“I did. Like I said, this is a beautiful situation, you look at what these guys have here. They’re building a great football team, (have) a great coach, somebody who you’d love to play for in Rex Ryan. Woody Johnson is a wonderful owner and he’s running this organization first class, top shelf. They’ve been supportive with me. Just having the opportunity to come here and come play and to be where I am at this stage in my life, just to live up the street from here, it was just a beautiful situation.”

On how he knew about coach Ryan without actually meeting with him…

“I’ve talked to different players, obviously that’s what you would do when you make a decision like that. Then you see his personality, he supports his players like I’ve never seen from a coaching standpoint. And his players respect him, they go out and play hard for him and as a player you don’t want anything more from a head coach than for him to show you the ultimate respect as a person and as a player and to give him that back by going out and playing hard and performing well.”

On showing his respect for the coaching staff and team…

“This right here, it’s a relaxed atmosphere. We’re going to play hard, we’re going to play fast, we’re going to play with a lot of confidence and we’re going to win games. There’s a great group of guys around here, I just come in and blend right in. To be here and play with some of the guys that I’m surrounded with, playing with a first ballot hall of famer in LaDainian Tomlinson, I have a great quarterback in Mark and I have a great deal of respect for (Jerricho) Cotchery, the things that he’s been able to accomplish over the years—being consistent and underrated ever since I can remember and playing with Santonio (Holmes), who is a Super Bowl champion. If we put all those things together and go out and play hard I think we can do great things.”


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