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.
Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the aftermath of Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live video. Curran interview Matt Light ahead of the AFC Championship. They dissect the press conferences of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, and look at how to beat the Steelers.
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2:29 Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live aftermath
13:14 Stopping Le’Veon Bell
27:16 heywassyonumba? with Patrick Chung and Kyle Van Noy
32:30 Injury report updates for AFC Championship
36:51 Brady and Belichick’s press conferences
44:50 Matt Light interview
FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick knows that how you play, not where, is what matters most.
That's why when he was asked on Wednesday about the advantage the Patriots will have by playing at Gillette Stadium in the AFC title game, he wasn't willing to go all-in on how a comfortable environment will positively impact his team.
"I don’t know," he said. "Go ask Dallas and Kansas City."
The Patriots apparently thought enough of home-field advantage that they played their starters throughout their regular-season finale win in Miami, exposing their best players to potential injury in order to maintain their positive momentum while simultaneously ensuring a better road to the Super Bowl.
The Patriots fans in attendance on Sunday will help when the Patriots take on the Steelers, Belichick acknowledged. But there's much more to it than that.
"Yeah, of course," he said, "but the game is won by the players on the field. That’s who wins football games – the players. And they’ll decide it Sunday night."
And if you needed any further proof, just ask the Cowboys and Chiefs how helpful their home crowds were in the Divisional Round.