Nate Burleson Fantasy News

Monday, August 31, 2015, 9:01am

MLive.com - [Full Article]

The Detroit Lions are parting ways with WR Ryan Broyles.

Broyles tweeted a good-bye message to Detroit, two days after he asked for his release, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The move marks the end of a frustrating three-plus year relationship marred by injuries and the wide receiver's inability to crack the rotation following his most recent rehab.

Detroit's depth allowed the team to bring Broyles along slowly his rookie year, resting him the first two games of the season. His usage increased near mid-season when Nate Burleson suffered a broken leg, with a breakout performance coming on Thanksgiving against Houston. Broyles caught six passes for 126 yards in the overtime loss.

Fantasy Impact:

A second-round draft pick in 2012, Broyles' selection was a head-scratcher for most outside observers, the story said. The Lions already had three productive receivers on the roster at the time, and Broyles, despite being one of the most prolific pass-catchers in NCAA history, was still recovering from an ACL injury suffered less than six months earlier.

Browns cut WR Nate Burleson

Saturday, August 30, 2014, 11:01am

National Football Post - [Full Article]

The Cleveland Browns have cut veteran wide receiver Nate Burleson after he signed a one-year contract with them this offseason, according to a league source.

Burleson also visited the Miami Dolphins during free agency and they could be a logical landing spot.

Fantasy Impact:

Miles Austin and Andrew Hawkins look to be the top WRs for the Browns. Burleson only recently came back after missing time in camp and was in a tough spot. With the loss of Josh Gordon and issues at QB with Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel, no Cleveland WR is looking like a solid play at this point.

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 1:07pm

Chronicle-Telegram - [Full Article]

Browns WRs Miles Austin, Andrew Hawkins, and Travis Benjamin are locks, while Nate Burleson is too valuable to release after Josh Gordon was suspended for the season by the NFL. Charles Johnson is attempting to hang onto his job under heavy pushes from undrafted rookies Taylor Gabriel and Willie Snead, with Marlon Moore a longshot.

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson has gotten a bit of hype as a potential sleeper with Josh Gordon out, but he's still fighting for a roster spot.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 5:59pm

ClevelandBrowns.com - [Full Article]

A nagging hamstring injury has kept Browns WR nate Burleson out the entire preseason and off the practice field for nearly three weeks. Browns head coach Mike Pettine said the team remains optimistic the veteran receiver can suit up and prove himself Thursday against the Bears.

Burleson has been itching to play, and was practically begging for the trainers to let him suit up against the Redskins and the Rams. The veteran has played through injuries for a large portion of his career. Even if Burleson isn’t exactly close to 100 percent, he still thinks he can make plays against Chicago.

Fantasy Impact:

Burleson thinks he can light a fire under what's been an unimpressive offense in the preseason that's perhaps caught up in a quarterback controversy. Burleson will have to make the team first which isn't a given with all the time he's missed.

Monday, August 25, 2014, 6:57pm

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

Browns receiver Nate Burleson returned to practice Monday for the first time since straining a hamstring on Aug. 6, but coach Mike Pettine cautioned that the 12th-year pro isn't a lock to make the final roster Saturday.

"It does hurt your chances not being out there, but it's something where we'll consider his entire body of work,'' said Pettine.

Pettine first let on during a conference call on Saturday that the 33-year-old could be in trouble when asked about him and Miles Austin, who missed the entire offseason with a hamstring injury but has made it through camp healthy.

"It's a little more concerning with Nate just because he's missed so much time,'' Pettine said. "It's tough with guys you think are going to be out there and you're not getting quality reps with them, which as I've said a bunch of times, there's just no substitute for that work."

Friday, August 8, 2014, 2:01pm

Detroit News - [Full Article]

Part of the Lions solution at WR last year was 6-foot-6 receiver Kris Durham, who played in all 16 games last season. Durham, in his fourth season out of Georgia, had 38 catches for 490 yards and two touchdowns last season. That was a huge jump from 2012, when he saw action in just four games and had eight grabs for 125 yards and a score.

After Nate Burleson’s injury and a lack of depth last year, Durham was pressed into a larger role in the offense. With Burleson’s departure to the Browns, the Lions made room to acquire Golden Tate in the offseason. Kevin Ogletree, who was acquired in the middle of the season, has helped with depth. In the draft, the Lions picked T.J. Jones in the sixth round, making for a crowded receiving corps.

That has made it tougher for Durham to hold off some of the younger receivers on the depth chart. Durham has had a solid training camp, but the decisions on which receivers to keep will be tough for first-year coach Jim Caldwell.

Saturday, August 2, 2014, 8:38am

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

Browns WR Nate Burleson, who's played with the likes of Randy Moss and Calvin Johnson, knows there are no superstars in the bunch without Gordon, but says that coach Mike Pettine's "receiver-by-committee" plan is sound. It features 12th-year pro Burleson; two-time Pro Bowler Miles Austin; Anthony Armstrong, who played for offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in Washington; and Andrew Hawkins, who's itching to break out of the shadows of A.J Green and Co. in Cincinnati, where he played last season.

"I think we've got some pieces to the puzzle that can be really powerful,'' said Burleson. "We've got some guys that can go up and get it. Miles is a beast, man. He looks like a linebacker and he's fast, he's strong, he snatches everything. You've got guys at one point were top five. Miles was, man! He's come out here these last couple of days and shown why he was so good here in Dallas, and he wants to prove that he can stay healthy and make plays."

Fantasy Impact:

Browns receivers are confident they'll be ok without Gordon if it comes to that. But from a fantasy perspective, owners are just going to have to wait and see. They aren't seeing a lot of action in typical drafts so these guys will likely end up as waiver wire targets. The QB situation could also play a role. Brian Hoyer looked pretty good in limited action last year and Johnny Manziel is a wild card. In terms of receivers, TE Jordan Cameron looks to have the most value at this point.

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 11:18am

Detroit Lions - [Full Article]

WR Golden Tate is the best No. 2 the Lions have had in Calvin Johnson’s tenure with the team. No disrespect to Nate Burleson, but he was more of a possession receiver. Tate can catch a five-yard pass and turn it into 80 yards. That’s nice to have in the bag when double coverage rolls Megatron’s way.

Tate is also sure-handed. He’s dropped just seven passes in four years. The Lions have led the league in dropped passes the last two seasons.

Fantasy Impact:

Tate had the #29 FP/T (1.21) in 2013, which was right on his three-year average. Tate saw 99 targets last year, which was a career high. He has back-to-back top 35 seasons to his credit, and he did that with just 5.4 T/G. He’s likely to see around 7.0 T/G in a pass-happy offense. (The Lions threw it 51% more than the Seahawks did in 2013.) And he’ll get to play opposite Calvin Johnson, ensuring that he’ll be seeing single coverage on virtually every play. He’s a fantasy WR3 with upside, assuming he and Matthew Stafford develop a good rapport. For more on his potential in the Detroit offense, click here.

Andrew Hawkins to play inside and outside

Thursday, June 12, 2014, 11:17am

The Chronicle-Telegram - [Full Article]

Browns WR Andrew Hawkins won't be limited to snaps in the slot.

“Because of his vertical speed you can move him outside,” WRs coach Mike McDaniel said. “I think he’s a mismatch inside or outside. We move him all over the place.

“His body type is more a fit for slot receiver. But one component he has that guys I just spoke of (Welker, Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman) don’t really have is he’s a 4.3 guy. He’s got the vertical speed. So corners on the outside can’t squat on his routes. They have to respect the vertical threat.”

Fantasy Impact:

Hawkins posted a solid 0.17 FP/snap for the Bengals, but he only played 20% of his team’s snaps in 2013. Now he joins a Browns team that will likely be without Josh Gordon, who is reportedly facing an 8-16 game suspension. Without Gordon in the lineup, Hawkins’ main competition for receiver targets may be Miles Austin and Nate Burleson. He could make a living in the slot and become a fantasy factor, especially in PPR formats. Snaps on the outside will only boost his overall value.

Pettine: Andrew Hawkins 'can win in the slot'

Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 8:31pm

Ohio.com - [Full Article]

Browns HC Mike Pettine said that WR Andrew Hawkins has stood out at practice: “Short area of quickness, the ability to get in and out of breaks. There was a play today that the defense was called, the coverage was ‘51 double’, which meant double him, and he still got open. That’s when (Browns offensive coordinator) Kyle (Shanahan) got after (Browns defensive coordinator Jim) O’Neil a little bit and said, ‘You’re going to have to put three on him. He’s a guy that can win in the slot, and I think it’s important that if you have a guy that can win at tight end, and we think (Browns TE) Jordan (Cameron) can be that guy, and when you can win in the slot, that causes some issues defensively, when you have to now allocate maybe two defenders to the slot receiver as opposed to one."

Fantasy Impact:

Hawkins posted a solid 0.17 FP/snap for the Bengals, but he only played 20% of his team’s snaps in 2013. Now he joins a Browns team that will likely be without Josh Gordon, who is reportedly facing an 8-16 game suspension. Without Gordon in the lineup, Hawkins’ main competition for receiver targets may be Miles Austin and Nate Burleson. He could make a living in the slot and become a fantasy factor, especially in PPR formats.

Sunday, June 8, 2014, 10:08am

Akron Beacon Journal - [Full Article]

"The one guy I like more and more every day I work with is Andrew Hawkins," Browns QB Brian Hoyer said. "The guy runs his routes so hard. It reminds me a lot of my time in New England with (Wes) Welker, where the guy runs every route to win. He's going full blast. You see him out there and you can tell when he walks back to the huddle, he gave his all on every play. He's just a competitor, and I think the more guys you get like that, the better your team becomes."

He is convinced that he'll be featured much more in the version of the West Coast offense implemented by new Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan than the system used by former Bengals offensive coordinator and new Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden.

Fantasy Impact:

Hawkins posted a solid 0.17 FP/snap for the Bengals, but he only played 20% of his team’s snaps in 2013. Now he joins a Browns team that will likely be without Josh Gordon, who is reportedly facing an 8-16 game suspension. Without Gordon in the lineup, Hawkins’ main competition for receiver targets may be Miles Austin and Nate Burleson. He could make a living in the slot and become a fantasy factor, especially in PPR formats.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 2:27pm

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

Browns beat writer Terry Pluto on WR Andrew Hawkins: "I've been to the three OTA sessions open to the media, and the best receiver on the field -- by far -- has been Andrew Hawkins. This type of football (no tackling) is perfect for a 5-foot-7, 170-pound speedster. I knew he was quick, but he has shown outstanding hands."

Fantasy Impact:

Hawkins posted a solid 0.17 FP/snap for the Bengals, but he only played 20% of his team’s snaps in 2013. (He also posted a solid 1.11 FP/T on just 18 targets in 2013.) Now he joins a Browns team that will likely be without Josh Gordon, who is reportedly facing an 8-16 game suspension. Without Gordon in the lineup, Hawkins’ main competition for targets may be Miles Austin, Nate Burleson and Jordan Cameron. He could make a living in the slot and become a fantasy factor, especially in PPR formats.

Nate Burleson didn't break his arm

Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 11:08am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Browns WR Nate Burleson doesn't have a broken arm.

“It was reported a lot worse than it is,” Burleson said Tuesday, via Pat McManamon of ESPN.com. “It looks a lot worse than it is.”

Burleson explained that he didn’t re-break the arm that he first fractured last year while trying to keep a pizza box from sliding out of the front passenger seat of his car. Instead, the hardware used to fix the break moved after he hit the arm during offseason practice.

“I’m kind of rebuilt, like Robocop,” Burleson said “Sometimes you have to go in and fix a little bit. It was minor, though. I’ve had much worse. . . . The good news is the plan is to play 16-plus games, and that’s going to happen.”

Fantasy Impact:

Burleson could see starter's snaps assuming Josh Gordon is suspended as expected. Burleson is capable of putting up decent numbers in a starting role, but the Browns are expected to go run-heavy and feature Jordan Cameron in the passing game if Gordon is out.

Nate Burleson broke his arm

Friday, May 9, 2014, 10:51pm

Mary Kay Cabot, Twitter - [Full Article]

Browns receiver Nate Burleson broke his arm during minicamp. Expected back for training camp.

Fantasy Impact:

It's been a rough day for the Browns receiving corps with the news of a possible Josh Gordon suspension and now this. The good news is that he should be back for camp.

Browns sign Nate Burleson to a one-year deal

Monday, April 7, 2014, 11:28am

Cleveland Browns - [Full Article]

The Browns have agreed to terms on a deal with WR Nate Burleson, the club announced.

Burleson, who spent the past four seasons in Detroit, will provide the Browns with some depth and an experienced veteran who can help mentor young receivers such as Josh Gordon. In 2011, he won the Lions' Good Guy Award from the local sportscasters and Pro Football Writers Association and was a leader in the locker room.

Fantasy Impact:

The Browns also signed Andrew Hawkins to man the slot, so Burleson is likely to be the team's WR4 assuming they find a starter in the draft. If not, he is capable of starting opposite Gordon, though he doesn't offer much playmaking ability at this point in his career. Greg Little's days in Cleveland look to be numbered.

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