Nate Burleson | WR | Detroit Lions
Posted: 11/28/2013 6:05pm et
Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson was only targeted once and finished without a catch Thursday, Nov. 28 in a 40-10 win over the Green Bay Packers.
Huddle Up: Matthew Stafford completed passes to 9 different receivers but, shockingly, Burleson -- one of the hottest WR pickups on the waiver wire over the last 2 weeks -- wasn't one of them. He was targeted 10 times and finished with 7 catches for 77 yards and a TD last week in his return from a 2-month broken-wrist absence, but delivered an ugly 0 to his fantasy owners hoping for some similar holiday production.
Posted: 11/22/2013 7:45pm et
Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson (forearm) is likely to see most of the snaps out of the slot position in Week 12 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, meaning WRs Jeremy Ross and Kris Durham will see less playing time. Burleson practiced in full pads both Thursday, Nov. 21, and Friday, Nov. 22, and is probable for this weekend.
Huddle Up: The Bucs have gotten destroyed by slot receivers the last two weeks. Both Rishard Matthews and Harry Douglas had big games against them working primarily out of the slot, so Burleson could have a strong outing in his first game back. He's a plug in flex play if you need him.
Posted: 11/21/2013 11:51pm et
Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson (forearm) has been cleared for contact and should be able to play Week 12 unless he suffers a setback. Burleson will wear a protective sleeve on his forearm when he returns to the field.
Huddle Up: Burleson is set for his first action since Week 3, and he looks to reclaim his role as the Lions' No. 2 target behind Calvin Johnson. He's definitely worth a look in PPR leagues.
Posted: 11/20/2013 7:29pm et
Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson (forearm) was limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.
Huddle Up: Burleson is expected to return to the Lions' lineup this Sunday against Tampa Bay. He has a strong match-up against a Buccaneers' secondary that has been burnt by slot receivers over the last couple of weeks.
Posted: 11/19/2013 5:12pm et
Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson (forearm) thinks he is ready to return in Week 12 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 'I feel like I can go out there and be productive,' Burleson said. 'I caught the ball last week very well, ran some routes, had some physical contact. So this week is taking another step.' He still needs to be cleared by doctors, however.
Huddle Up: Burleson has been ramping up his reps in practice over the past few weeks and most likely will get clearance to return this week. The veteran wideout hasn't played since Week 3 but had at least 6 targets and 6 receptions in all 3 games he's played in this season.
Posted: 11/14/2013 12:24pm et
The Detroit Lions don't plan on playing WR Nate Burleson (arm) in the team's Week 11 game, even though he feels like he is fully recovered.
Huddle Up: With Burleson out, Kris Durham will see the bulk of the looks at WR2 and tight end Brandon Pettigrew will fill that role in the offense as well.
Posted: 11/8/2013 1:56pm et
Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson (forearm) said he is not sure if he will be able to play in the team's Week 10 game and will allow the doctors and trainers to determine his status.
Huddle Up: If you're waiting on Burleson, it sounds as if you're going to have to hold on for another week or two.
Posted: 11/6/2013 3:10pm et
Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson (forearm) has returned to practice, but he doesn't sound very optimistic that he'll be back on the field in Week 10 against the Chicago Bears. 'I'm not going to sit here and pull an RG3 and talk over what is common sense and that's listen to my coaches and listen to the doctors,' Burleson said. 'I want to play and that's just me being a competitor. That doesn't mean that my arm is ready to be out there for 60 minutes. I'm going to talk with the coaches, talk with the trainers and talk with the doctors and figure out if this week, next week or the week after is best for me.' Burleson did positional drills and wore a Kevlar brace over his arm in practice Tuesday, Nov. 5. He has most of the grip strength back in his left hand.
Huddle Up: It looks like we are close to getting Burleson back on the field, which means you should grab him if you need help at wide receiver in the coming weeks.
Posted: 11/5/2013 8:30pm et
Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson (forearm) returned to practice Tuesday, Nov. 5, but it's not a guarantee that he'll return to play in Week 10 against the Chicago Bears. 'I'd caution reading too much (into) him being out there and being back,' head coach Jim Schwartz said. 'But he is progressing well and everyone is pleased with his progression. We all know how tough a guy Nate is. If it was up to him, he probably would have missed one game, but there's only so much that you can do with healing bones and stuff.'
Huddle Up: Burleson is definitely progressing, but it sounds like his fantasy owners will have to wait a bit longer. If h's on your waiver wire and you're in dire need of WR help, pick him up now.
Posted: 10/28/2013 1:53pm et
Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson (forearm) said he resumed lifting weights last week and is being fitted for his game-day brace on his arm. The Lions are on bye in Week 9.
Huddle Up: Burleson is an interesting stash in PPR leagues. Kris Durham is currently getting his work, and he is scoring a decent amount. Burleson is only worth a pickup if you can afford the roster spot, however.
Posted: 10/24/2013 6:17pm et
Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson (forearm) and OT Corey Hilliard (knee) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 24. Burleson has been ruled out for Week 8.
Huddle Up: As expected, Burleson is on track to miss a fifth straight game as his broken arm heals.
Posted: 10/18/2013 10:27am et
Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson said he will wear a Kevlar sleeve on his left arm when he returns to help protect his broken forearm. Burleson is expected to return at some point next month.
Huddle Up: Burleson's return would bolster a Lions' receiving corps that has struggled to find a wingman for Calvin Johnson in Nate's absence. Burleson also vowed to either wait until he gets home before digging into the pizza, or just having it delivered.
Posted: 10/10/2013 11:53am et
Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson is aiming to return for Week 10.
Huddle Up: Burleson broke his arm in a car accident, and now we have a timetable to go with his recovery. When healthy Burleson is the Lions' most reliable wingman; maybe Megatron will be healthy by Week 10 as well.
Posted: 10/1/2013 8:08pm et
Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson (forearm), who is wearing a hard cast on his broken left forearm, is hoping to return soon. 'I anticipate being out there pretty darn soon,' Burleson said at Ford Field Tuesday before he received the Ed Block Courage Award. 'Put it like this. When I get back, I'm still going to try and go after that 1,000 yards.' His hard cast will be removed Thursday, Oct. 3, and will be replaced by a removable splint next week. Burleson said he's already running.
Huddle Up: Burleson had 19 receptions in 3 games and was well on his way to providing the No. 2 WR threat the Lions have been searching for. In his stead Week 4, Ryan Broyles failed to catch a pass and WR Kris Durham had 3 grabs for 58 yards.
Posted: 9/24/2013 9:58am et
Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson broke his arm in two places in a car accident Tuesday, Sept. 24, and will undergo surgery. He's out indefinitely. WR Ryan Broyles will take over as the primary slot receiver.
Huddle Up: Disappointing news for the Lions, as Burleson has been the team's most reliable option opposite Calvin Johnson. On the other hand, an opportunity for Broyles to step up and deliver on some of that preseason hype.
Posted: 8/16/2013 5:43pm et
Detroit Lions WRs Nate Burleson and Patrick Edwards have not earned the No. 2 wide receiver job during training camp, and the team could look to add another wide receiver before the start of the season. Burleson has only caught one pass in the preseason while Edwards has three catches for 10 yards.
Huddle Up: New season, same issue with the Lions' WR corps as the team continues its seemingly never-ending quest to find a reliable target opposite Calvin Johnson.
Posted: 7/1/2013 5:19pm et
Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson said he expects to participate without any restrictions once training camp begins. He is way ahead of schedule in his rehab from the broken leg he suffered.
Huddle Up: Burleson is a known quantity for the Lions so there's no rush for him to get back, but regardless of his health Detroit is trying to find a more dynamic wingman for Calvin Johnson so Burleson's role and productivity are likely to be limited this season.
Posted: 5/5/2013 3:19pm et
Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson (leg) appears to be the leading candidate for the No. 2 wide receiver job. He has been running routes and catching passes during offseason workouts.
Huddle Up: Other than drafting Virginia Tech's Corey Fuller in the sixth round, the Lions haven't added much to the WR corps, leaving Burleson the favorite to step back into the No. 2 role after breaking his leg at midseason last year.
Posted: 4/22/2013 9:58am et
Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson said he's running and jumping three months ahead of schedule.
Huddle Up: Burleson's 2012 season ended prematurely due to a broken leg, but he's on schedule to return to his role as a wingman opposite Calvin Johnson. If he lands atop the group battling for that honor, and is able to stay healthy, it's a job that yields decent fantasy production.
Posted: 2/21/2013 10:47pm et
Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson has agreed to restructure his contract in order for the Lions to create some salary cap space. The details of the restructuring are not known at this point.
Huddle Up: Burleson was able to give the Lions some decent production opposite Calvin Johnson with 128 catches, 1,382 yards and 9 TDs in his first 2 seasons in the Motor City, but a broken leg limited him to 6 games and 27 receptions a year ago. He'll be 32, though, by time opening kickoff rolls around in September, and in the meantime, look for the Lions to bring in a wideout or 2 with the intent to supplant Burleson as the starter.
Posted: 2/18/2013 6:44pm et
Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson is trying to convince Miami Dolphins impending free-agent RB Reggie Bush to sign with the team in the offseason. "I know it's not as sunny, and it might not be the same type of glitz and glamor, but you can do wonders for us," Burleson said during a television interview with NFL Network Monday, Feb. 18. "He came from USC, and everybody knows he can go out there and shake a little bit, wiggle a little bit and break that big run. And for him to put up two 1,000-yard seasons the last couple years proves that he's still an elite running back. And if I can get Reggie Bush in a Detroit Lions uniform, ooh-wee, watch out."
Huddle Up: The Dolphins don't appear interested in bringing Bush back, and he's not viewed as a feature back so he'll want to look for a situation that fits. Both Detroit and Cincinnati would benefit from speedy change-of-pace backs; A.J. Green, time for you to make your pitch to Reggie.
Posted: 1/17/2013 7:52pm et
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said the team will monitor WR Nate Burleson's rehab from his broken leg this offseason because he is scheduled to count against $6.5 million the salary cap next season. Burleson has indicated that he is willing to take a pay cut to stay with the team.
Huddle Up: Burleson, who only had 27 catches for 240 yards and 2 TDs in 6 games, is most definitely in line for a pay cut with 23 members of the team slated to hit unrestricted free agency during the offseason.