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Plaxico plans to surprise people with his play

Plaxico Burress

New York Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress motions after getting yardage for a first down during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011 in East Rutherford, N.J. The Jets won 28-24. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)


Despite still not having a team after more than three months of free agency, Plaxico Burress believes he’s going to play in the NFL this season, and that he’s going to play better than people are expecting.

Burress said on WFNZ in Charlotte that he’s in excellent shape and just waiting to find the right team to play for this year.

I feel great,” Burress said, via “Last year I was really just trying to get my legs under me from the two year layoff and I think people are going to be surprised by the shape I’m in. I got my spring back and I’m just waiting and I think everyone else will see for themselves.”

Burress claims that, contrary to popular opinion, there has been interest in his services.

“The interest has been there but it’s just getting to the right fit,” Burress said. “I’ve been around and I understand the game from a mental standpoint, I’m very knowledgeable about the guys out there that are playing. I know what they do well and what they don’t do well and I just want to put myself in a position to go out and have success and to go out and make guys around me better. . . . I challenge myself to prove to myself that I can still go out and play this game at a high level which I know I can. I went out and scored eight touchdowns last year. I’m going to be better than that this year. Teams haven’t seen me, what kind of shape I’m in, haven’t seen me work out and all I keep doing is going and going, I have my legs back and everybody is going to be in for a pleasant surprise when I hit the football field this year.”

That’s if he hits the football field this year. Burress is confident he can play, but it remains to be seen if any NFL teams share that confidence.