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Vick on Plax: 'You can never have enough weapons'

Posted on: July 19, 2011 11:29 am
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Posted by Ryan Wilson

A week after Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson announced in a radio interview that he would love to play alongside Plaxico Burress, quarterback Michael Vick has said pretty much the same thing.

Appearing on The Michael Kay Show with fill-in host Stephen A. Smith, Vick said that he would want Burress on his team even though he has playmakers in Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Brent Celek.

“I mean you can never have enough weapons, I think," Vick told Smith, according to Sports Radio Interviews. "Obviously we’ll find a way to use them as well as the other 31 teams in this league who will be vouching to get him. I’m saying I wouldn’t say no. I wasn’t opposed to it. I would definitely open an invite if it was there and just see what happens. DeSean is a great player. He’s a future Hall of Famer. Jeremy is a future Hall of Famer. Brent as well, but we want to maximize our talent and I’m sure we’ll find a way to use him. We have great, great, leaders. I also think he would be good for the young guys. We’ll see what happens. It may happen. It may not.”

That's a lot of pass-catching Hall of Famers on one team. Either way, the attraction between the Eagles and Burress appears to be mutual. According to ESPN.com's Ashley Fox, who covered the Eagles previously for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly is "going to go after Burress, and go after him hard."

Fox adds that "Vick had the time and space to regain his abilities in a relatively low-pressure environment, and because of Philadelphia's depth at receiver, Burress would too. The Eagles have a decent option in the slot in Jason Avant. To them, Burress simply would be a luxury."

The Vick-Burress comparison has been made before as a reason why Philly might be interested. But other than the fact that both men have been incarcerated in recent years, they're completely different players. Vick got out of prison when he was 29, and signed with the Eagles as a backup. Although Vick was predictably rusty at first, he still possessed the athleticism that made him one of the league's most dynamic players.

Burress, on the other hand, is 34 and even in his prime was never known for his speed or route-running ability. There's no reason to think he stumbled upon either while serving time. And while expectations for Vick were decidedly low when he arrived in Philly, the thinking with Burress seems to be that he can ease back into his old job and at some point during the season develop into the missing piece to the Eagles' Super Bowl puzzle.

Sounds like a stretch.

Which is pretty much what the Inquirer's Jeff McLane wrote on July 5. "When reports surfaced that the Eagles were first in line for Burress, the information was not leaked from their camp, team sources indicated. The Eagles remain neutral. They're nowhere near as interested as they were in Vick, post-incarceration, but they're not going to broadcast it. Reid is fond of Burress and doesn't want to hinder his return to the NFL. Now if the 6-foot-5 receiver would fall into his lap for a meager price, then Burress' signing could be something worth presenting to owner Jeffrey Lurie."

One way or the other, we'll know how the Eagles feel about Burress once free agency begins -- fingers crossed -- sometime in the coming weeks.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: July 19, 2011 6:02 pm
 

Vick on Plax: 'You can never have enough weapons'

I think that Philly is going to get "Plax" when it is all said and done,but I just don't see it happening due to the logjam that they already have at the receiving position. Maybe "Plax" will be used as "insurance" in case one of the current receivers get injured. They also can run a 4-wide formation if needed. The Eagles also can use one of the receivers in a trade if they were to get "Plax" to sign a contract. I guess that we'll see once this damn lockout ends!



Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2011 12:37 pm
 

Vick on Plax: 'You can never have enough weapons'

I think he was talking about Avant being an HOFer.



Since: Jun 21, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2011 12:04 pm
 

Vick on Plax: 'You can never have enough weapons'

I wonder if Vick sees the irony in that quote.  I hope Plax doesn't take it as an instructive lesson Laughing



Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2011 12:02 pm
 

Vick on Plax: 'You can never have enough weapons'

Who is Vick kidding calling Maclin a future HOFer? Jackson is a huge stretch at this point of his career, but Maclin isn't even close to that caliber. I honestly wouldn't take the risk with Burress. How many talented receivers are there that are at least 34? Not saying he couldn't be decent, but how good could he get back to with a potential of only 2-3 more years?


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