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Tom Burgess reportedly works out for New York Giants at Tight End

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The San Francisco 49ers caused something of a stir over the offseason when they gave Jarryd Hayne - he of rugby league fame - a place on their active roster.

And, even though the Australian has subsequently fallen to the team's practice squad, it looks like their experiment has given one other NFL team ideas.

That's after ESPN's Adam Schefter reported today that the New York Giants worked out English rugby league star Tom Burgess today.


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As you can see from Schefter's tweet, Burgess appears to be attempting to forge out a role for himself on offense - at tight end rather than running back, however.

At 6ft 5 inches tall and 264 pounds, the 23-year-old certainly has the build for the position.

Burgess has, in fact, previously spoken publicly about his interest in possibly pursuing an NFL ambition, although he did sign a new contract with Australian rugby league side the Rabbitohs in October so his visit with the Giants is something of a surprise.

Widening the search

At this stage, it is unclear how much genuine interest the New York franchise actually has in Burgess but it looks like his ambition has taken a fairly big stride forward today.

Some fans on Twitter have already expressed their doubts over whether the Englishman could make it at the tight end position - citing an inability to catch and questionable fitness level.

It remains to be seen if anything comes of the workout, but the fact the Giants are even considering the rugby league star shows that NFL teams are continuing to widen the net as they search for the next generation of talent.

NFL fans: Can you see this working out, or should teams stick to U.S. college talent? Have your say in the comments below...

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