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Bill Belichick: ‘We looked at Plaxico in the offseason’

10.04.11 at 4:07 pm ET

Bill Belichick said Tuesday the Patriots looked at wide receiver Plaxico Burress in the offseason, but said, ‘€œsome things come together, some don’€™t’€ when pressed about the possibility of New England landing the controversial pass catcher.

The Patriots did end up making a deal for a veteran wide receiver in Chad Ochocinco, but apparently did their due diligence when it came to checking into Burress.

‘€œWe did look at him in the offseason, just because of his general availability as we normally do ‘€“ look at all the players that are not connected with a team,’€ Belichick said on a conference call with reporters. ‘€œWe look at everybody. Obviously, you don’€™t get everybody. Some things come together, some don’€™t. We’€™ll work with what we’€™ve got. They’€™ll work with what they’€™ve got, see how it goes.’€

Burress, who eventually signed a one-year, $3.017 million with the Jets this past offseason after serving a 22-month prison term on a gun charge, has 10 catches for 160 yards and two touchdowns this season with New York.

‘€œHe hasn’€™t played in a while until this year, and I think there’€™s plenty to go off of this year,’€ Belichick said of Burress, who scored the game-winning touchdown to help beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. ‘€œHe played quite a bit in preseason. Of course he’€™s played here during the regular season. I think kind of what we normally see from him ‘€“ strong, physical guy, [who] can go up and get the ball. Even if he’€™s covered, he’€™s really not covered because he’€™s capable of going up and taking the ball away from the defender. [He’€™s] good down the field, good on the catch-and-runs [and a] hard guy to tackle.’€

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