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Plax to play "a bunch" vs. Bengals

Plaxico Burress stretches out and completes his route

Plaxico Burress stretches out and completes his route with a catch during Jets training camp. (Aug. 17, 2011) Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

The Jets knew what they were getting when they signed Plaxico Burress: a Super Bowl champ with a flair for dramatic game-winning catches.

But they’re eager to see just how well – and how quickly -- the wide receiver fits into their new and, hopefully, improved offense.

“I think we’ll leave him in there. Let him play a bunch,” Rex Ryan said of Burress, who missed two weeks, including Monday night’s game against Houston, because of a left ankle injury. “I think we’ve been working him the last couple of days. He looks fine.

“I think we knew what we got, but absolutely you want to see him out there. It’d be great to see him going against another team.”

The learning curve will be steep, given Burress’ two-year absence from football. But his teammates and coaches are impressed with what they’ve seen so far.

“Obviously Plax is just getting back out there so it’s going to take many more practices, even game-type situations for us to just jell together and get comfortable and find our role in this offense,” LaDainian Tomlinson said. “…But at the time, Plax adds a different dimension to this offense that quite frankly, we haven’t had.

“He’s a big play-type of guy that goes deep to catch the ball, especially in the red zone. You can throw the ball up to him. He’s made a living off scoring in the red zone.”

The Jets’ offense may be a work in progress with new pieces like Burress and fellow wideout Derrick Mason. But Tomlinson believes it can be the best in the league.

“I think we can be the top offense in the league, honestly,” he said. “But with that said, we still have a long way to go. With the additions that we have added and guys finding their roles and the different things that Schotty’s going to do with us, the way he’s going to use us, the different personnels we’re going to use, it’s going to take a little time to get where we want to go being the No. 1 offense in the league. But I think we definitely have the potential.”

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