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Patriots News: Workout of Plaxico Burress Highlights Aging Receiving Corps

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 18:  Plaxico Burress #17 of the New York Jets warms up before the start of the Jets game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 18, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJanuary 18, 2017

Given that the New England Patriots have five receivers over the age of 30 this season, it wasn't exactly a surprise that they at least gave Plaxico Burress a workout on Sunday, via ESPN.

The Patriots reportedly won't be bringing Burress aboard yet, but the workout shows they are giving him some consideration.

And although Burress is 35 years old himself, he's a potential midseason addition if any of the other veterans get injured or slow down in 2012-2013.

Burress did what the New York Jets expected him to do last season. He's not a prime vertical threat anymore, but he still uses his size (6'5", 232 pounds) well to be a strong red-zone target, as evidenced by his eight touchdowns last season.

Burress also was able to catch 45 balls for 612 yards with the Jets—a testament to how well he keeps himself in shape.

The Patriots relied heavily on 31-year-old Wes Welker last season, as well as tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez (second-leading receiver Deion Branch had 51 catches to Welker's 122). That isn't likely to change much unless Welker gets injured this season, but there is still some need in the receiving corps if 31-year-olds Jabar Gaffney and Brandon Lloyd break down.

As usual, the Patriots will make do with what they have, using various packages to put players in the best position to succeed. Once again, receivers will have to check their egos at the door. The best part of potentially adding Burress to the roster is that he'll know it's Bill Belichick's way or the highway (or Bill Belichick's way or retirement).

The Patriots understand that the players they will trust the most in the receiving department this season are aging veterans. That's why a backup plan is needed.

Once again, Belichick and the Patriots are doing what they do best: game-plan, keeping all of their options open.


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