Broadway Joe Namath has been watching Plaxico Burress for several years, and in him he sees a wide receiver that reminds him a lot of Braylon Edwards — and that’s not a flattering comparison coming from Namath. The Jets Hall of Fame QB was occasionally critical of Edwards during his two seasons with the Jets. So, no, Namath isn’t swept up in Plaxico Mania, saying Burress would be “damn lucky” if he makes it through the season.
“When I see Burress, certainly in the past, and Edwards, their route running and adjusting, I didn’t like it — and I still don’t,” Namath told ESPNNewYork.com Tuesday. “I’ll be surprised if Burress and (quarterback Mark) Sanchez click well and I’ll be even more surprised if Burress, after being laid off for two years and change, is going to make it through the season.”
Burress, 34, spent 20 months in jail for illegal-weapons possession, missing the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Namath believes the time away from football, coupled with Burress’ age, will be almost impossible to overcome. “It catches up to the guys who haven’t missed any time over the last two years,” said Namath, who was in New York to promote Topps 2011 football cards.
“It’s Lady Luck, and I think it will (catch up to him), given the age factor and his position.” “We’re already talking about the feet — the ankles, the feet,” he continued, referring to the sprained ankle that forced Burress to miss the first preseason game. “There’s a lot of running in a long season. I don’t see it happening.”