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WR Nate Burleson - Cleveland Browns

6-0, 197Born: 8-19-1981College: Nevada-RenoDrafted: Round 3

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Summary

Nate Burleson was brought in to be the team's third receiver. However, with Josh Gordon's suspension for the entire season, the other Cleveland receivers have been jolted up the depth chart - perhaps to places they're not capable of filling. Burleson hasn't been a successful top receiver in his career, topping 1,000 yards just once - back in 2004. He'll be 33 by the start of the season, not typically the age at which a player develops new skills and grows into a star. Despite increased opportunity due to Gordon's absence, Burleson's production probably would have been higher with Gordon in the fold. (August 27)

Stats and Projections

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2011 DET 16 11 85 0 116 73 757 3
2012 DET 6 8 48 0 43 27 240 2
2013 DET 9 2 -8 0 55 39 461 1
2014 PROJ-Dodds 14 1 * * 32 * * *
2014 PROJ-Henry 15 1 * * 22 * * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 15 0 * * 35 * * *
2014 PROJ-Tremblay 16 0 * * 45 * * *

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Latest News

Browns | Nate Burleson active (Thu Aug 28, 06:43 PM) - Cleveland Browns WR Nate Burleson (hamstring) is active and could play in the team's final preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28.

Our View: A good sign that he might be available come Week 1, which will be a big help for Brian Hoyer. Burleson has lost most of the last two years to injury but the three seasons before that he was catching 62% of his passes and he could be a favorite target of Hoyer's if he stays healthy. Consider him a WR6 with upside, albeit minimal due to the rest of the team and a potential run heavy offense.
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Browns | Nate Burleson up in the air (Wed Aug 27, 01:44 AM) - Cleveland Browns WR Nate Burleson (hamstring) is on the roster bubble, and he said Tuesday, Aug. 26, that he knows he cannot control anything but what happens on the field. 'If I was the boss of a company, you (only) look at the people who are at work,' Burleson said, 'not the people who want to be at work. So, there's a difference.'

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Browns | Nate Burleson practices (Tue Aug 26, 09:10 PM) - Cleveland Browns WR Nate Burleson (hamstring) took part in team drills Tuesday, Aug. 26, and could play in the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28, according to head coach Mike Pettine.

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Browns | Nate Burleson sits (Sat Aug 16, 09:47 AM) - Cleveland Browns WR Nate Burleson (hamstring) is not participating in practice Saturday, Aug. 16.

Our View: Burleson is old and constantly banged up--yet the Browns could really use him. If (when) Josh Gordon is suspended, the Browns will be even more desperate for WR help.
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Browns | Nate Burleson may not play in preseason game (Fri Aug 15, 02:26 PM) - Cleveland Browns WR Nate Burleson (hamstring) may not play in the team's preseason game Monday, Aug. 18.

Our View: Burleson is a seasoned veteran, but he's constantly banged up. The Browns need all the help they can get at wide receiver, so expect them to be cautious with Burleson.
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