Plax in the house

Two weeks to the day of his March 17 signing, the New York media finally met with new Giants receiver Plaxico Burress. So mobbed was his locker, a teammate named Eli Manning had difficulty grabbing a football out of the next stall.

"I think it was time for me to move on," Burress said. "I was there five years and going to two AFC Championships and not winning . . . time to put myself in a position to where I can come in and make an impact."

Making an impact is something Burress seems determined to do. As Manning's new go-to-guy, Burress said he felt throwing the ball in Pittsburgh was always the second option.

"I was in a system where we ran the ball 45 times a game, and threw the ball 15-16 times a game," he said. "Getting three-or-four attempts a game I just thought it was time for me to move on."

Sure, receivers often exaggerate when not getting the ball, but Plax isn't too far off. Pittsburgh led the league last season in rushing attempts, averaging 38.6 totes a game. Passing-wise, the Steelers were 28th, chucking it just 22 times a game. The Giants were 23rd in passing attempts with 29.7.

With his $25 million contract finally done, Burress is excited to get to work. Even though he missed the first week of the voluntary offseason conditioning program, Burress said he was in Miami working out with Jeremy Shockey.

"He's one of the reasons I wanted to come to the Giants," Burress stated. "To play with a tight end who can get up field in the seam and get double coverage to open things up."

Giants fans are more than ready for that.


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