By Phil Perry
Rex Ryan hit on a few questionable acquisitions last season -- Santonio Holmes and LaDanian Tomlinson, to name a couple -- but right now, the gamble Ryan and the Jets took on Plaxico Burress looks like a swing and a miss.
Burress, who was signed at the start of training camp, will be shut down until Wednesday after aggravating an ankle injury during practice Thursday, according to the New York Daily News. He's scheduled to have an MRI and will miss the team's first preseason game of the season on Monday against the Texans. He won't even fly to Houston with the Jets because there's a fear his ankle could bothered on the flight.
Burress, 34, is trying to return to football after spending two years in prison and has not shown an ability to withstand even the most basic training camp activities. He has not practiced regularly, and the reps he has taken haven't been at full speed.
At this rate, it's hard to believe that the Jets can count on him to start the season. He hasn't been tackled in a game situation in almost three years, and he still can't stay on the field. Yet, Burress is currently listed on the Jets' depth chart as a starting wide receiver, alongside Holmes and ahead of newly signed veteran wideout Derrick Mason.
Haters gonna hate. Robert Kraft knows that, and he's not going to hold a grudge because of it. But he won't forget, either.
The New England Patriots owner appeared on the latest episode of HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" for an interview with Andrea Kremer that aired Tuesday night, and he was as candid as any member of the organization has been throughout the Deflategate saga.
“I really don’t hold grudges,” Kraft admitted in the interview, per WEEI. “I mean, I remember everything, but I move on . . . Envy and jealousy are incurable diseases. The haters still hate. And I understand it, and we’ll do our best to keep them in that position.”
And while Kraft isn't holding grudges, he still recognizes the negative impact the controversy left on Tom Brady's pristine reputation.
“He’s just not the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL,” Kraft began. “He’s an amazing human being. And is genuine. And as nice as everybody thinks he is, he’s nicer. And to see anyone attack him as an individual or his integrity. And that just wasn’t fair.”
Will Martellus Bennett be back with the Patriots next season?
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says it's "a real possibility" Bennett leaves given the asking price and potential offers.
Less than an hour later, the unrestricted free agent sent out a tweet responding to speculation about his future.
Bennett, who will 30 years old in March, had seven touchdowns in 19 games in his first season with the New England Patriots.