by Ryan Wilson
A few weeks ago, when the Giants were 11-1 and cruising through the last third of their schedule, most of us (me included) thought they'd have no trouble getting along without Plaxico Burress. Even though the team suspended Eli Manning's favorite target for the rest of the year, and general manager Jerry Reese never explicitly ruled out Burress' return, conventional wisdom had Burress playing elsewhere in 2009.
Shockingly, conventional wisdom isn't always right. Particularly after the Giants dropped two in a row. And now, not only are they playing for homefield advantage, but if they lose to the Panthers tonight, next week's game against the Vikings could decide who gets a first-round bye.
In any event, NFL.com's Adam Schefter thinks Burress could be staying put.
But now, if Burress can avoid being incarcerated - and that's a mighty big if - the Giants might consider recycling. ...
Coaches around the league agree that New York's offense just is not the same without Burress. Without him, teams can stick more defenders in the box, shut down New York's running game and worry less about the Giants' passing game.
Plus, the franchise always has shown an inclination to work with troubled but talented players, from Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor to Super Bowl hero David Tyree.
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