While second round pick Steve Smith continues to make plays each and every practice at wide out for the Giants, head coach Tom Coughlin is getting more and more upset with the absence of number one wide out Plaxico Burress. The former Steelers wide reciever has not practiced since August 2nd, and with one of his backups, Sinorice Moss, also likley out with the same injury, the Giants passing game could be in stall mode come Sunday night.
Burress missed much of the Giants offseason conditioning, and the timing of he and quarterback Eli Manning could be severly effected once the season starts and Burress can come back from the ankle injury. It’s something that is starting to frustrate head coach Tom Coughlin. “We need the timing work of having Amani (Toomer) and having Plaxico with Jeremy (Shockey) and the quarterback and with the runners, that type of thing,” Coughlin said. “So that’s where I think we’re a little behind, in our timing.”
Burress, never one to allow someone to say something bad about him, quickly responded that the timing between he and Eli will not be a problem. “I know what to do at the right time,” Burress said Tuesday. “Timing has never been an issue with me.” Of couse as the Giants went in the tank last season before they backdoored into the playoffs, Burress and Manning did seem to have their share of issues, mostly with Eli not being able to get the ball to Burress in critical times.
Amani Toomer also took the high road when it came to teammate Burress, saying that he also does not really feel it will be an issue once Burress can take the field. “Plaxico has played together with Eli quite a lot, so I’m sure it won’t take too long to get things back,” Toomer said. “But the coach is right. It’s definitely important to be out there.”