Jets’ Duane Brown not letting game pass him by with age

Newly signed Jets offensive tackle Duane Brown believes the criticism surrounding his age is warranted as he steadily approaches his 37th birthday on Aug. 30.

However, Brown exudes a convincing confidence when talking about his strongest assets and what he thinks he can bring to the Jets, who signed the Virginia native to essentially a one-year, $9 million guaranteed contract on Monday. He knows he still has to go out there and prove it, he said, but he’s feeling good about doing so.

“I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t,” Brown said when asked if he thinks he’s the same player as he’s always been despite entering his 15th year in the NFL. “I don’t play the game just to be out there. I want to play at a high level. I work hard and continue to play at a high level. I think you ask my opponents that I play against, they’ll tell you, I play at a high level.

Jets offensive tackle Duane Brown (68) works out on the side during practice at training camp in Florham Park, N.J.
Jets offensive tackle Duane Brown (68) works out on the side during practice.
Bill Kostroun

“There’s not many people that play to this age, so those criticisms are well warranted. I’m not going to talk about what I’m going to do as much, just get out there on the field and prove it. That’s what I plan to do.”

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