So after the Giants finished their season up with a blistering 1-4 record while Plaxico was suspended, many in the organization are ready to welcome the prodigal son back, including Eli Manning.
Manning, who appeared to regress back to his rookie season once Plaxico was cast off, had these words to say about the star receiver.
Translation: Get this guy back before I get benched.
Other Giants players were even more supportive of Burress, making it clear that they don't care how many times Plax shot himself.
"I think if Plaxico wants to be back here, I think he will be back," Justin Tuck said, "because I know this team, I know how we rally around people, especially our teammates. I would love to have him back. I think I speak for the majority of this football team when I say that."
Now, I know what some of you are thinking. The Giants shouldn't even consider bringing Plax back, and I can understand you on some level. But let's look at the Giants passing game as a result of Plax shooting himself in the leg and what it did to Eli Manning (These stats come courtesy of the Mighty MJD at Shutdown Corner, and they don't include Manning's horrific performance against the Eagles, which would make them even worse):
Eli's QB rating pre-Plaxico plugging himself: 91.9
Eli's QB rating post-Plaxico plugging himself: 74.2
Giants passing yards per game pre-Plaxico plugging himself: 211
Giants passing yards per game post-Plaxico plugging himself: 183
Giants passing TDs per game pre-Plaxico plugging himself: 1.6
Giants passing TDs per game post-Plaxico plugging himself: 0.6
Those are some stunning numbers right there, and they also show how one bullet to the leg effectively ended the Giants' Super Bowl dreams this year. The numbers also prove how, if you're valuable enough, even a bullet to the leg, a suspension, and a possible three-year jail sentence, won't prevent teams from employing you. God I love the NFL.
Eli states the obvious: He needs Plax back [Shutdown Corner]
Manning and mates say give Plax a second shot [NY Post]