Avant: Eagles could use Burress in the red zone


Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Posted: 1:56 p.m.
By Dave ZangaroCSNPhilly.com

Plaxico Burress left a New York prison on Monday after nearly two years behind bars. That might have been the end of the story, but the former Giants star, upon being released, sported an old-school red Phillies cap.

Cue the swirling rumors.

On Tuesday, a day after Burress release, Eagles wideout Jason Avant was asked about the possibility of Burress joining the Birds.

I really dont pay attention to that, but I hope he does well, though, Avant said. I want him to succeed in whatever he does. If that means Philadelphia, great. We could use him in the red zone.

The Eagles were 15th in red zone scoring percentage last season (52.46 percent).

We can always use a guy thats a basketball 6-9 and a football 6-7 in the red zone, Avant said.

Actually, Burress is 6-foot-5. In 10 games in 2008, he caught only four touchdown passes, but in 2007, he caught 12 TD passes. Of course, Burress has spent two years away from the game and will turn 34 in August.

I believe that he can do it because of what type of talent he was, Avant said.

Avant also said that no one knows what Burress has been doing to keep himself in shape.

The Eagles took a chance on quarterback Michael Vick when he was released from prison and it paid off. Avant, however, doesnt think that makes the team an obvious choice for Burress.

I dont know if its necessarily the Eagles. Its the person, he said. The Eagles took a chance on Mike Vick and he was grateful for that. It has to be the person or the program. The organization isnt going to change the person.

My hope is that prison has transformed him and hes now on the right path and if he comes back to the league its a great story. E-mail Dave Zangaro at dzangaro@comcastsportsnet.com

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