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Ex-Jets, Giants WR Plaxico Burress: I Was A Great Teammate

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NEW YORK (WFAN) – So Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes thinks he was the “scapegoat” for the team’s problems in 2011.

Holmes, still unhappy about how he was perceived after being benched in Week 17, was reported to be at the center of New York’s locker room issues last season.

Plaxico Burress was also thought to be a contributor to the Jets’ toxicity. Like Holmes, Burress had a message to deliver.

“For anybody to say I was a problem in the locker room or anything like that is totally a lie,” Burress told ESPN, according to ProFootballTalk.com. “All I did was come out, was a great teammate, tried to play the best football that I could play.”

Burress’ reputation as a distraction preceded him from his time with the Giants, which ended in 2008 when he shot himself in the leg in a New York City nightclub. He signed a one-year deal with the Jets last summer after serving nearly 21 months behind bars on a gun charge.

Despite recording 45 catches for 612 yards and eight touchdowns in 2011, the big red zone threat remains unsigned.

“With some of the things I was able to do after being away for two years, I pretty much thought it spoke for itself,” Burress said. “But I guess obviously not.”

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