Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley says Plaxico Burress 'trying to get his feet under him'

Jason Miller

Plaxico Burress was signed as a free agent and has dressed for the Steelers last two games, but this would be his first game with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who will start in Week 14 against San Diego.

Ken Laird of the Tribune-Review had a conversation with Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley about wide receiver Plaxico Burress after practice Thursday.

"Plax's still trying to get his feet under him," Haley said, according to Laird. "(He's) getting comfortable with terminology and the calls and all those things. He's working hard. He looks great physically, but we'll just have to see how things play out, when those opportunities arise hopefully he's ready to step up and make plays."

The interesting point of Burress's role at this point is the fact he has yet to play with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who will play Sunday for the first time since the third quarter of the Steelers' Week 10 game against Kansas City.

Burress was signed after Jerricho Cotchery was injured against Baltimore in Week 11. He's been targeted twice, resulting in no catches, and one of them - a pass from Charlie Batch - was intercepted by Sheldon Brown of the Cleveland Browns.

He was on the field for one play toward the end of the Steelers' Week 13 game against Baltimore.

Burress was the same player who allegedly convinced Roethlisberger to change plays in the huddle to ones that involved Burress a bit more in 2004, when Roethlisberger was a rookie. Burress was a free agent after that season, who infamously was not offered a contract by the Steelers.

Pittsburgh won the Super Bowl the following year.

Burress is the team's fifth wide receiver right now after injuries to Cotchery and Antonio Brown depleted the depth of the group Haley jokingly told Tribune-Review reporter he called "The Boo Boo Crew" due to those injuries.

If Cotchery is able to return to the lineup, Burress may not even be on the team much longer, but perhaps this is the kind of weekend where Roethlisberger and Burress can relive some glory days from eight years ago, and he could, you know, catch a pass.


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