Here comes all the talk regarding former inmates heading to Oakland. A couple of years ago it was all about where Michael Vick would go. The Philadelphia Eagles ended up being the team to take a chance on the former superstar quarterback. After starting quarterback Kevin Kolb went down in week one against Green Bay Packers, Vick stepped in and did a great job in leading the Eagles to the playoffs. Arguably at the time there was plenty of critictism on whether Vick would get back to his natural form and dominance in the NFL. Vick proved them wrong by continuing to be the one of the most explosive quarterbacks in the league today.
Vick served his jail time and moved on and became an NFL superstar once again making people forget about his past. Could former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burgress be on the same path and return to stardom once again in the NFL or fall flat?
Is there a team, an owner and a coach willing to take a risk on an NFL player that was just released from prison could it possibly be the Oakland Raiders?
It’s possible that about a half dozen teams around the league may be looking to add Burress as one of their receiver. He could provide veteran leadership and he knows what it takes to win a Super Bowl.
With two years away from the game it remains in question whether or not Burress can still play football at the same level. I'm sure the first team that tests his skills will have an idea what he can contribute. It’s definitely unknown at this point whether he will match the success of Vick, but it will surely be exciting to thing to watch.
About six teams may take a gander on Burress one of them might be the Oakland Raiders. Yes the same team that was also rumored to grab Vick two seasons ago. With the NFL lockout this offseason, coach Hue Jackson is completely unable to provide instruction to any of his young receivers that include Louis Murphy, Darius Hayward Bay, Jacoby Ford and among others. Therefore could a report be true this offseason that the Raiders are interested in acquiring Burress this coming season?
Last season the Raiders were staying on the right track and finished with an 8-8 record. One of the things which kept the Raiders strong was there running game, led by running backs Darren McFadden and Michael Bush. However, their passing attack suffered at times and looked as if they struggled far to often.
To improve the Raiders offense this coming season it definitely won’t start with the running game. It needs to transpire from the passing game and quarterback Jason Campbell needs to have the right targets to throw it to.
Providing a veteran deep threat like Burress to the Raiders young receiving core will only make the team better. But remember the Raiders several years ago failed with the Randy Moss experiment. So believe me the Raiders might be a bit more cautious this time around in choosing a head case at receiver especially to help the youth on the team.
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