Part 2 of TGI's exclusive interview with Burress

: Are you happy to be the split end, while Amani moved to flanker? A: Right now we're trying different guys in different spots. They're moving me around and moving Amani around. I'm kind of learning a new position, and he definitely is. He played my position last year and he had for like the last seven or eight years. A lot of people don't know that yet. Now he's over at the Z so he has to learn a whole new terminology. Everybody's learning a new offense.

Q: What are some ways you can use your size to your advantage?

A: I use it in all different types of ways. Some guys want to jam me at the line of scrimmage. Some guys want to soft play me. I just try to get guys off-balance. If I can get guys off-balance, with my speed and my feet, I'm usually going to win. I try to use my size as a factor second and beat guys with my speed first. I try to beat them at their own game. I can shock some of the little guys that I can beat them at their speed game, being that I'm 6-5, almost 230 pounds. If I can beat them with my speed first, it's going to be a long day for them.

Q: Are you happy to be the split end, while Amani moved to flanker?

A: Right now we're trying different guys in different spots. They're moving me around and moving Amani around. I'm kind of learning a new position, and he definitely is. He played my position last year and he had for like the last seven or eight years. A lot of people don't know that yet. Now he's over at the Z so he has to learn a whole new terminology. Everybody's learning a new offense. When I need help I ask Amani, because he's played that position for a number of years prior to me. Once we all get comfortable in our positions, we'll start playing fast.

Q: What are your goals for this year?

A: Just to go out and have an excellent season. Just want to improve on what I did last year. Even though I missed five ballgames, it was probably one of my better years. I'm just expecting to hit my stride, my prime, someday soon. I have a lot of knowledge of the game. Once I put it all together and get comfortable in this offense and start playing full speed, I think I can be part of an awesome offense.

Q: Do you have any specific stats you'd like to achieve your first year here?

A: I was basically in an offense where I was only getting three or four balls a game. I think that actually made me a better player. It made me concentrate on being a better player and what I wanted to do. It made me work harder in practice and become a better player and a better person. It made me develop a lot of patience and kind of humbled me for the game. Now when I'm out there I just try to have so much fun with it and just enjoy the time I'm out there.

Q: Could you please talk about your bond with Jeremy Shockey this offseason? How'd that come about?

A: When I started working out with him it's like I knew him all my life. He didn't hold anything back. He was telling me what he wanted to do and what he wanted from me. He was fussin' and cussin' me out while we were working out. I stayed on him too because I told him that as he goes, I go. He plays with a lot of emotion. I like guys that play that way, because I do the same thing.

Q: Any special significance with the rubber band you always wear on your left wrist?

A: I always wear this. I've always had a jelly bracelet or something on my wrist since I've been a little kid. I guess it's a symbolization of my childhood.

Q: Finally, what, if anything, is behind the name Plaxico?

A: Priceless one beyond praise. It's Egyptian.

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