Ravens Notebook: Guarding Burress a tall order

Street Talk Ravens Notebook: Guarding Burress a tall order

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OWINGS MILLS — New York Giants imposing wide receiver Plaxico Burress’ size advantage is inherent to his game, and the bane of most opposing cornerbacks’ existence.

At 6-foot-5, 233 pounds, Burress tries to post up defensive backs like a power forward.

"He’s just long, and he uses his physicalness to his advantage," Baltimore Ravens cornerback Samari Rolle said. “He’s a great receiver.”

Due to disciplinary transgressions that have sidelined him occasionally this fall, Burress’ numbers aren’t overwhelming with 32 receptions for 407 yards and four touchdowns.

That doesn’t make him any less dangerous heading into Sunday’s game at Giants Stadium as he remains one of quarterback Eli Manning’s favorite targets.

"Obviously, he’s a tremendous receiver and it’s a guy that they really go to," defensive coordinator Rex Ryan said. "It’s hard to match up size-wise with him, but we’ve got a few things for him.

"Every now and then, shoot, you’re going to be matched up one-on-one with a corner and we’ll see what happens. But it will be a big challenge for us."

Burress has built a reputation for pushing and shoving cornerbacks, and often getting away with the contact.

"Yeah, he does the Vlade Divac sometimes," Rolle said. "He’ll just flop here and there."

Burress has averaged roughly  four catches for 69 yards in 11 career games against Baltimore with only one touchdown in the past five meetings.

"Eli has got a lot of confidence in throwing it up there," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said of Manning directing the football to Burress. "Sometimes when he’s covered, he’s not covered.”

FIGURING IN: Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron had more than a hunch that speedy return specialist Yamon Figurs would make an impact against the Houston Texans.

He practically guaranteed it, and Figurs responded with a 43-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter of the Ravens’ 41-13 victory.

How was Cameron so certain that Figurs would catch his first pass of the year and the second of his career?

"You really never know, but then you factor in the game plan and then you tell him, ‘Hey, we’re going to push the ball to you.’ He about had a couple more. That could have been one of those games where he got behind them two or three times.

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post as well as the Baltimore Ravens for The Carroll County Times and Ravens24x7.com. He has previously covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans and has covered the NFL since 1997.  He has won several regional writing awards, including, most recently, Best Sports News Story for the state of Maryland in voting conducted by the Associated Press managing editors.  More from Aaron Wilson

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