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After his first day of full practice, WR Plaxico Burress was able to increase his workload was involved in nearly every team rep on Thursday which was a big increase from his participation Wednesday of only 57 percent of the reps.
This is good news for the Jets as it means Burress and QB Mark Sanchez can finally start to build chemistry together as the Jets are looking for big things from Burress who they signed with the hope that he’d improve their red zone offense.
The bad thing is he can’t help the team if he never touches the ball. He was held without a catch for the entire practice which is no easy feat. He was targeted by Sanchez one time and the throw resulted in an interception.
During a red-zone drill Sancehz tried a back shoulder fade to Burress, but due to a miscommunication he wasn’t there and CB Antonio Cromartie was there for the interception.
Miscommunications are to be expected as the two are still feeling each other out having little to know time working together due to the injury to Burress’ ankle. However in order for any chemistry to be created Sanchez needs to throw the ball his way.
Especially since Plaxico has been away from the game for two years in prison and can use all the work he can get before the games are for real.
The Jets signed Burress, who stands at 6-foot-5 hoping he could be that big target in the red-zone that would help improve the offense. Just because he’s tall doesn’t mean Sanchez can just throw the ball up to him however as they will need to work on their timing and precision and do so quickly with the season quickly approaching and big things being expected.
If this practice showed anything its that there is still a ways to go before Sanchez and Burress are on the same page.
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