For players on offense in the NFL, one of the better moments is when they can lay out a defensive opponent with a killer block. It’s a play that gets viewed in the meeting room after games over and over.
Plaxico Burress, the New York Jets WR, remembers a block he put on Baltimore Ravens CB Samari Rolle directly on front of Rex Ryan, then the Ravens defensive coordinator.
“I dropped him right off at his defensive coach’s feet and let him know, ‘Hey man, go get another player,’ ” said Burress. Samari is a good friend of mine, and I didn’t want it to be him. But when the whistle blows, there ain’t no friends.”
This season has been no different for Burress. And he’s brought fellow WR Santonio Holmes into the competition. The knockdown competition.
“We try to get knockdowns,” Burress said. “We see how many knockdowns we can get every week. I think I’m leading right now.”
Added Holmes: “We go into our meeting room and we just have something else to laugh about. Whether it’s knocking those guys out and making big plays, it’s always helping the team out first.”
By unofficial count, Burress says he leads the competition with three.
“It’s just trying to set the tone from the start of the game,” Burress said. “It’s going to be physical and we’re going to get after it.”
Burress’ ability to block was on display last week in Oakland when RB LaDainian Tomlinson ran 74 yards on a screen pass. Burress was out front, blocking Raiders cornerback Chris Johnson down the field.
Holmes followed the play and eventually would knock Johnson down in front of a group of photographers. (Video Below)
“It’s pretty fun to get out and get a chance to hit those guys,” Holmes said. “Because at any moment, they’re going to take their shots and try to get us out of the game and celebrate and be excited about it.”