Belichick comments on Burgess trade

September, 23, 2009
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick opened his Wednesday press conference by commenting on the team's acquisition of linebacker Prescott Burgess from the Ravens for a conditional seventh-round draft choice.

Burgess will wear No. 93, last donned by Richard Seymour.

"He played outside [at Michigan], inside at Baltimore and also played in the kicking game, so he has some versatility. He gives us a little more depth at that position," Belichick said.

Belichick added that was it was a coincidence to have three linebackers from Michigan Burgess, Pierre Woods and Shawn Crable.

As they do for all prospects, the Patriots scouted Burgess in 2007 when he was selected by the Ravens in the sixth round. Belichick said the scouting report was similar to what it is now.

"Versatile player. He runs well. Big kid. That's what he's been in Baltimore, that's what he was at Michigan, and that's probably what he'll be here," he said.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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