Wide receiver Nate Burleson missed the first three Browns preseason games with a hamstring injuries, leading coach Mike Pettine to offer a variation on the old line about not being able to make the club from the tub when he was asked about whether Burleson had nailed down a roster spot with the Browns.
Burleson, who has returned to practice, has been around the league long enough to know that his extended absence means his experience alone won’t help him get a more certain answer from Pettine. He expects to play in Thursday night’s preseason finale and hopes to show the Browns what they’ve been missing.
“This is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately league. So I can watch as many YouTube highlights of myself, but what I did today and what I do tomorrow is going to have a more profound effect than my resume,” Burleson said, via the Akron Beacon Journal. “If I was the boss of a company, you [only] look at the people who are at work, not the people who want to be at work. So, there’s a big difference.”
Cleveland expects to lose Josh Gordon to a suspension of some duration, something that should help Burleson’s chances of sticking in a thin receiver group. It shouldn’t hurt his chances that Anthony Armstong, one of the few other experienced wideouts on the roster bubble, was released on the way to 75 players.