Plaxico Burress: ‘I can still play, I can dominate in the red zone’

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Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress, unsure of what his role will be, is thankful to be back in Pittsburgh and plans to teach his young teammates the game.

“I’m blessed to be here,” said Burress to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Kevin Colbert, Mike Tomlin and the Rooneys gave me an opportunity to still play football. They have the confidence in me that I can still go out there and play and make an impact. I think that’s the most important thing, when the opportunity comes I go out and deliver.”

Burress, going into his 12th NFL season, turns 36 in August.

“I’m trying to give these young boys all the knowledge I can from over the years. When you’ve played as many years as I have and pretty much seen all the defenses, you can give those guys the wisdom and knowledge you’ve learned the past 12, 13 years. My thing is to help them along the way and when my number is called, answer the call.”

Burress, thankful for the opportunity in Pittsburgh, went from Super Bowl hero to almost two years in jail to being unwanted by every NFL team in 2012.

“I know I can still play, I know I can dominate in the red zone,” Burress said.  “Just go out and play at a high percentage. In those one-on-one opportunities, just succeed at a high rate. I know I can. Being out there last year, I drew double coverage in the red zone without hardly playing, I think teams will have to respect that.”

Burress is still unsure how the Steelers will use him, but said will be ready to go when they call his name.

“I don’t know what my role is going to be,” Burress said. “I don’t count numbers. You don’t know what will happen on the injury front. Just stay ready. I’m not just learning just one position, I’m learning all three. Whatever happens, I have to be ready to run routes and make plays.”

Burress and Jerricho Cotchrey will likely play behind Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders, and third-round draft pick Markus Wheaton will fit in somewhere.