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13 Nate Burleson WR
Height/Weight: 6-0/198 | Birthdate: 8/19/1981 | Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta, Canada | Team: Cleveland | College: Nevada | NFL Experience: 12 | Owned/Started%: 57/17
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Miles Austin, Nate Burleson projected as starters


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) With Josh Gordon likely to be suspended, the Browns are poised to enter the season with Miles Austin and Nate Burleson as their starting outside receivers and Andrew Hawkins in the slot, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The paper calls it "one of the NFL's most pedestrian receiving groups."

Austin has battled hamstring injuries and caught just 24 passes last year. Burleson, 32, has six touchdown catches over the past three years.


Hoyer has faith in Browns receiving corps


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/18/2014) Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer said he's confident in the team's receivers even if Josh Gordon is suspended for the year as expected, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

"Yeah, no doubt," he said. "I look at the guys that we have and I've talked about the guys I throw with but you throw in Nate Burleson, Anthony Armstrong -- I was shocked to know that he didn't play last year,'' said Hoyer. "If you watched him in our spring, he was awesome. Not to mention our tight ends and our skill guys. I feel really confident with who we have and going forward we know that we have what it takes to win games. We know that the guys that are on this team right now are what we're going to have for this season and that's what we're going with, and I feel confident with what we have."

Hoyer's top targets sans Gordon will be tight end Jordan Cameron and receivers Miles Austin, Andrew Hawkins, Burleson and Armstrong.


Nate Burleson back at practice


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/10/2014) Browns receiver Nate Burleson returned to practice Tuesday, reports USA Today.

Burleson is coming back from the arm injury he sustained in May. He is expected to compete for a starting job this season with Josh Gordon expected to be suspended for the season.


Nate Burleson will be ready for training camp


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/3/2014) Browns receiver Nate Burleson said Tuesday he'll get the cast off his surgically repaired left arm this week, reports the Akron Beacon Journal.

Burleson broke his arm prior to the NFL Draft in early May. But he said he'll be full go in training camp, which means he's on target for the start of the season.

Burleson could be a starter for the Browns this year with Josh Gordon facing a year-long suspension.


Browns have plan at wide receiver


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/10/2014) Even though Josh Gordon is facing a possible one-year suspension for failing a drug test and Nate Burleson (arm) is not certain for training camp, the Browns aren't hitting the panic button with their receiver position, reports ESPN.

The Browns have no plans to alter their draft board and select a receiver. So far in the draft, the team has selected cornerback Justin Gilbert, quarterback Johnny Manziel, guard Joel Bitonio, linebacker Christian Kirksey and running back Terrance West through the first three rounds.

They have two more picks Saturday barring a trade in Round 4 and Round 7, but general manager Ray Famrer isn't worried.

"We play games in September," Farmer said. "Right now there's still plenty of opportunities for us to acquire players and to make things happen."

If Gordon is out, the Browns would have Greg Little, Andrew Hawkins and Burleson, assuming he's healthy, as their top receivers heading into the season. Farmer believes he can still address the situation.

"Whether it’s trades, drafting someone the [third] day, players that get cut or we acquire somebody from the street," Farmer said "there's always opportunities to acquire players."


Nate Burleson fractures arm in minicamp


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/9/2014) Friday was a bad day for the Browns and their receiving corps. After finding out that Josh Gordon could be facing a year-long suspension for a failed drug test, it was revealed during the NFL Draft that Nate Burleson fractured his arm during a recent minicamp, reports ESPN.

It is the same arm Burleson injured last year with the Lions. The Browns signed Burleson this offseason to a one-year deal.

Burleson should be considered questionable for training camp. The 12th-year pro recorded just 39 catches for 461 yards and a touchdown last year, but he could be needed by the Browns if Gordon is out for the season.


Johnny Manziel becomes a Fantasy sleeper as a Brown


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/8/2014) One of the reasons Johnny Manziel was such a spectacular player in college was because he was able to extend a play and throw to a big receiver down the field. Landing with the Browns is a total win for Johnny Football because he'll have Josh Gordon, Jordan Cameron, Greg Little and Nate Burleson as down-field targets along with Andrew Hawkins as a quick, short-area weapon. Ben Tate rumbling in the backfield doesn't hurt either.

Another impressive factor is the Browns O-line, which has two studs in left tackle Joe Thomas and center Alex Mack. If the line can improve from last season (we're looking at you, Mitchell Schwartz), then Manziel will have time to make good throws.

Of all the places he could have gone in the draft, Cleveland's the best fit. Not only should he inject life into the franchise but he should end up starting in Week 1 against the Steelers. Expect Manziel to get taken late in every single seasonal draft as a combo backup Fantasy QB/sleeper who could get some serious trade value. He'll get picked in the middle rounds in dynasty/keeper leagues and should be considered a Top 5 choice in rookie-only drafts.

Browns ink Nate Burleson to one-year deal


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/7/2014) Free agent wide receiver Nate Burleson and the Browns agreed to terms on a one-year contract on Sunday.

Burleson, 32, was released by the Lions earlier this offseason, after being limited to just 15 games over the past two seasons. The 12th-year pro recorded just 39 catches for 461 yards and a touchdown last year.

Nate Burleson to visit Browns


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) Free agent receiver Nate Burleson, who just met with the Dolphins, will visit the Browns on Saturday, reports Fox Sports.

Report: Dolphins will check out Nate Burleson


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/3/2014) The Dolphins are expected to host free agent receiver Nate Burleson, NFL Network reported Thursday morning. Burleson was released by the Lions earlier this offseason. 

Report: Cowboys interested in Nate Burleson


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) The Cowboys have had talks about signing veteran free agent receiver Nate Burleson, reports ESPN.com. No move is expected until after the draft.

Injuries limited the 32-year-old Burleson to 15 games over the past two seasons, but in 2011 he caught 73 balls for 757 yards and three touchdowns for the Lions.


Patriots have decisions to make at receiver


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/14/2014) The Patriots have to make some decisions at receiver this offseason, reports the Boston Herald

The first is deciding to pay free agent Julian Edelman. The report says Edelman might want a contract similar to what Danny Amendola got last season (five years and a max value of $31 million). But the Patriots will probably offer Edelman something similar to their offer to Wes Welker (two years, $10 million). Based on that, the report expects Edelman to chase the money elsewhere.

Amendola is safe this offseason despite a down year, but he could be released after the 2014 season if he struggles again. The team hopes the three second-year receivers of Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins and Josh Boyce continue to develop, and getting Rob Gronkowski (ACL) back at 100 percent is vital.

The Patriots also could look at receivers in free agency, especially if Edelman leaves, and they could be in play for Eric Decker, Jeremy Maclin or Hakeem Nicks. Or if Edelman returns, the Patriots could still add someone like Brandon LaFell, Nate Burleson, Riley Cooper or Kenny Britt.


No shortage of interest in Nate Burleson


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/14/2014) Free agent receiver Nate Burleson already has teams interested in checking him out, he told Detroit Sports 105.1 FM on Thursday. He said he expects to be on another team quickly. 

"The call this morning, it wasn't really too shocking," he told the station. "It's more shocking that I won't end up retiring a Lion but it wasn't shocking when I heard the news."

Are any teams interested?

"Just a couple right now, basically it all just happened," he said. "So my agent is going to do what he does best and call every team and try to get as many suitors on board. The thing that's exciting is before I got injured I played well and after I got injured I played well ... at 32, going to be 33, the whole point is still to get open and make plays and I've always told myself if I can do that I'll keep playing. With half a season, putting up 40 catches, I think a healthy Nate Burleson, which is the goal, I can probably give a team 70-80 catches, which is a good deal."


Team site: Lions appear to be 'moving on' from Burleson


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/13/2014) While there was some sentiment that receiver Nate Burleson could return to the Lions at a cheaper price, the official team website thinks differently. Beat writer Tim Twentyman posted on Twitter that it appears the Lions will move on from Burleson

Report: Lions tell Nate Burleson they're cutting him


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/13/2014) The Detroit Free Press reports that the Lions have told receiver Nate Burleson that they're cutting him. Burleson was set to count $5.5 million against the cap. 

"It's a hard decision for them to make, but I can't blame them for making it," Burleson told the paper, adding that he intends to play in 2014. 

Burleson's season was marred by a broken arm suffered in an off-the-field accident. The 11-year veteran had just 39 catches for 461 yards and a touchdown last year. 


Lions expected to add at least two receivers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2014) "Tenuously thin" at wideout, the Lions are expected to add at least two receivers this offseason, reports MLive.com. One of those will be expected to start opposite Calvin Johnson.

"I'd like big and fast," new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi told the website when asked if he preferred size or speed in a No. 2 receiver. "But listen, if I was going to give a stock answer, I know what Calvin can do, how he can stretch the field, what his strengths are. I don't really know what his weaknesses are right now, but I'm sure, maybe there's something. So, you would say, 'Well, someone to work underneath?' You know, that would be an easy answer."

Kris Durham ended up as the No. 2 wideout most of last season, producing 490 receiving yards. The Lions clearly need "a more dynamic player" in that role, the report said.

Receiver Nate Burleson has said he'll take a pay cut to return, but there's no guarantee the sides will agree on a deal, according to the report.


Nate Burleson aiming for 80 catches


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1/21/2014) Nate Burleson says he's not planning on retirement and wants to be a part of the Lions in 2014. Burleson, set to earn $5.5 million next season, admits he'll have to take a pay cut to stay in town but says "everything is going to fall into place." 

As for his expectations for next year, Burleson is optimistic. 

"I only played half a year and put up 40 catches, I figure a full season Nate Burleson stays healthy I can be productive and give you about 80 catches and I'm not going to retire from getting 80 catches," Burleson told the Oakland Press. "We'll see, maybe one or two years. It all depends on what we bring back to the city. The sooner we get a Super Bowl in Detroit, the sooner I can consider retirement."


Lions need major upgrade at receiver


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2014) Lions wideouts not named Calvin Johnson were a big disappointment in 2013, underlining the team's need to upgrade at the position, according to MLive.com.

Nate Burleson made a splash after returning from his broken forearm, then faded badly, catching 13 passes over the final five games. Ryan Broyles tore his Achilles tendon and finished the season with eight catches. Kris Durham played more snaps than any Detroit receiver and "underwhelmed," catching 38 passes for 490 yards and two touchdowns while dropping 10 throws.

Burleson, set to earn $5.5 million in 2014, likely will be asked to take a big pay cut.


Nate Burleson will take pay cut to stay in Detroit


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/31/2013) Lions receiver Nate Burleson, who's scheduled to make $5.5 million in 2014, the final year of his five-year deal, told the team's website he's willing to take a pay cut to stay with Detroit.

"I put that out there early. That's pretty much the only option. Take less money or release me. I'm willing to do that," he said. "I'll definitely renegotiate and try to outwork my contract, just because I love this team. But at the end of the day I don't control any of that, especially with a new guy coming in."

Burleson, 32, broke his arm in a car accident and was limited to nine games this year, catching 39 balls for 461 yards and a touchdown. He's resigned to the possibility the new regime won't want him back.

"Four years with a team is hard to do these days," he said. "Hopefully we get a new guy and he says, ‘Yeah, I love Nate' and he gives me a high five."


Lions wide receivers do little Week 17


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Lions pass catchers Kevin Ogletree, Nate Burleson and Joseph Fauria didn't play a big role Week 17.

Ogletree led the way for the club, picking up 75 yards on five catches. Burleson also caught five passes, and gained 64 yards. Fauria caught three passes for 20 yards. 


Nate Burleson does little in losing effort


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson continued his recent struggles during Sunday's overtime loss to the Giants in Week 16. He caught all two of his targets for only 12 yards in a 23-20 defeat.

Burleson has been limited to only eight grabs over his last three games. He has 81 yards over that span. He has 34 catches for 397 yards and a touchdown this season.

Burleson will look to get back on track in Week 17 at Minnesota.

Nate Burleson goes for 51 yards


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2013) Lions No. 2 receiver Nate Burleson caught four passes for 51 yards in the loss to Baltimore. He was targeted six times, second on the team to Calvin Johnson's 14.

Burleson broke safety Matt Elam's tackle for a 17-yard gain and added a 23-yard catch in the fourth quarter. Burleson plays the Giants in Week 16.


Two receivers, one back do little for Lions in loss at Philadelphia


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) Veteran pass catchers Nate Burleson and Brandon Pettigrew made minor contributions for the Lions in their loss to the Eagles on Sunday. Burleson caught two passes for 18 yards while Pettigrew snagged one in the first half for 23 yards.

Running back Theo Riddick added 12 yards on four carries.


Nate Burleson leaves Fantasy owners empty


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/28/2013) Lions receiver Nate Burleson might be happy that his team beat the Packers on Thanksgiving, but his Fantasy owners are feeling left hungry for numbers after his zero-catch game. 

Even the single target Burleson had is misleading -- it came on a play where Matthew Stafford was under pressure and threw the ball away many, many feet over the head of Burleson. That means there wasn't a single play where Burleson was the intended target. 

As I wrote earlier, it's the first time this season Burleson hasn't caught six or more passes in a game. And it's his first game without a catch since November of 2009. 

I would consider this to be the exception and not the norm going forward, especially since fellow receiver Kris Durham suffered a shoulder injury in the game. If Durham is out for a while it will open up more targets for Burleson. I wouldn't be in a rush to start Burleson next week but I wouldn't cut him following this game either. 


Nate Burleson doesn't make a catch Thursday


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/28/2013) Many Lions receivers contributed to their 40-10 Thanksgiving Day win over the Packers but Nate Burleson wasn't one of them. Burleson went catchless, getting credited for a target on a play where Matthew Stafford was under durress and threw the ball out of bounds without an intended target. 

Before this game Burleson had at least six catches in each of the four Lions contests he participated in. He'll attempt to get some receptions in Week 14 at the Eagles.