Veteran wide receiver Plaxico Burress could be more involved in the Pittsburgh Steelers passing game after the departure of Mike Wallace in free agency, but there is no one crazy enough to believe that Burress would fill in that role. While Burress is aging and nearing the end of his career, he still believes that he has the ability to contribute to the team by doing what he has always done best — use his size to dominate in the red zone.
“I know I can still play, I know I can dominate in the red zone,” Burress said, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Just go out and play at a high percentage. In those one-on-one opportunities, just succeed at a high rate. I know I can. Being out there last year, I drew double coverage in the red zone without hardly playing, I think teams will have to respect that.”
With youngsters Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders set to take over the top roles, the Steelers really lack anyone that has Burress’ size and ability to go up and snag the ball, so he could definitely be called upon in those scoring opportunities.
With injury concerns surrounding Heath Miller and some doubts that he will ever be the same threat that he once was, Burress would be a great weapon for the Pittsburgh offense if he can perform in the red zone as well as he thinks he still can.