Two receivers, one back do little for Lions in loss at Philadelphia
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (12/8/13) 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.
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer (11/28/13) 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 (11/28/13) 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.
Nate Burleson returns with a flourish in loss to Tampa Bay
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (11/24/13) Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson certainly made his return from a forearm injury that cost him seven games a memorable one Sunday. The only thing missing was a victory.
Burleson caught four passes for 62 yards before celebrated fellow wideout Calvin Johnson snagged his first reception against Tampa Bay. Burleson added a 5-yard touchdown reception for his team's first score of the game and finished with seven catches for 77 yards.
He has caught six or seven passes in each of the four games he has played this season. It remains to be seen if that strange trend continues Thursday night against Green Bay.
Nate Burleson probable Week 12
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (11/22/13) Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson is probable Week 12 against the Buccaneers.
Burleson has missed seven weeks due to a broken forearm, but it appears he's ready to return. He was able to participate in full practice Thursday and Friday.
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Nate Burleson took one for the team in late February when he restructured his contract to stay with the Lions. That could work out for Burleson, too. The veteran is savvy enough to know playing opposite Calvin Johnson should net some quality numbers, much like he had in 2011 when he had 73 catches for 757 yards (and a lousy three touchdowns). Burleson was on his way to another season like that when he broke his leg in Week 7 was his 2012 was wiped out. Knowing Burleson should serve as the No. 2 receiver for the Lions with Ryan Broyles recovering from a torn ACL and no one else on the Lions roster to threaten the spot, Fantasy owners should consider Burleson for a bench spot, particularly in PPR formats. (Updated 4/26/13)