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Burress' size could help him fill role for Steelers

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By Mike Wilkening

Injuries have chipped away at the Steelers’ strong WR depth, leaving them to look to their past for a solution. The question is, what does Plaxico Burress have to offer in his second stint with Pittsburgh?

It’s clear that the 6-foot-5, 232-pound Burress, who caught eight TDs for the Jets a season ago, could be helpful in red-zone and jump-ball situations. 

Burress “gives us a size presence that we don’t have other than (TE) Heath (Miller) or (TE Leonard) Pope and those couple guys. The key now is just getting him up to speed where he can come in and compete fairly,” Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley said leading up to Week 12, according to the club.

The way we hear it, Burress’ size was one of his best attributes a season ago, though he lacked speed and quickness. With Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown secure as the starters when Brown (ankle) is healthy, and with Emmanuel Sanders a solid third option as the third receiver, the 35-year-old Burress seems likely to be more of a role player than a major contributor in Pittsburgh. 

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