Burress eager to face Raiders

September 22, 2011, 4:07 pm
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Every week presents a new challenge in the NFL, and Plaxico Burress has identified his for Sunday -- beating Oakland's man-to-man coverage.

The Jets receiver was held without a catch last week -- the product of consistent double coverage from Jacksonville -- but is looking to step up his game in Oakland's home opener.

In preparing for his third game back in the league after serving a 20-month prison sentence for illegal gun possession, Burress related a conversation that he had with receiving great Cris Carter.

The former Eagles and Vikings standout, now a TV analyst said "If you can beat man-to-man coverage in this league," Burress told reporters Wednesday, "you can play forever."

In the first two games, Burress has been primarily used in specific offensive packages, most often as the split-end in three receiver sets.

"Its different for me," Burress told the Newark Star-Ledger. "Ive always been a guy thats been on the field all the time. I just take it as, Im just not in a certain package or whatever it may be, maybe I dont fit the scheme of whatever theyre trying to do at that particular point."

Burress spent nearly three years away from football. He caught the game-winning pass
in Super Bowl XLII.

"(Oakland) is a man-cover team, with that safety deep in the post," New York coach Rex Ryan said. "... I expect more opportunities on the outside this week."