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Jets’ Burress says no ‘extra juice’ for Giants
“He was a great teammate for the Giants,” Manning said. “He had a great run. Things happened and, honestly, he is with the Jets now and playing well and I am happy for him and look forward to seeing him. I haven’t seen him in a long time.”
“I really do think Plaxico, definitely with his first outing, is making the best of his situation and I’m happy for him,” Giants defensive end Justin Tuck said. “He deserves every attribute and every good thing that is coming his way now.”
“Personally, I just think I needed a fresh start,” he said. “If I wanted to go somewhere and get more money, I could’ve went to a couple more places and signed a two- or three-year deal, different things like that. I just wanted to put myself in a situation to go somewhere fresh and have an opportunity to play for a great organization and for a great head coach in Rex and a great team.
“I feel that I’m in the right place.”
“I feel I’m at home,” he said. “I made the right decision and I’m happy I’m just playing football.”
After being slowed by a sprained ankle to start training camp with his new team, Burress completed his NFL comeback with his three-catch performance against the Bengals. He had a sore lower back Wednesday, but fully practiced and should be out there with the Jets‘ starting offense into the third quarter.
Despite Burress downplaying the significance of the game, his former teammates know better.
“Going up against him, all of us are competitors,” Tuck said, “and I’m sure he is going to try to make a splash and we’re going to try to make sure he doesn’t.”
Burress‘ new teammates also know this game isn’t just any other _ even if it’s only preseason.
“Well, he’s excited,” quarterback Mark Sanchez said. “But, he’s a pro and he’s done this for so long that he won’t have any distractions.”
“I’m really not sure, and I’m really not too concerned about it,” Burress said. “I’m going to go out and have fun. I’m doing this with a smile on my face with a new attitude.”
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