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James Burgess OLB

Atlanta Falcons

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November 26, 2020 01:16 AM
Packers' James Burgess: Heading to injured reserve
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Burgess was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury Wednesday.

Burgess apparently picked up the injury during Sunday's loss to the Colts while playing special teams. The 26-year-old will be sidelined for at least the next three games, though it's unclear if he'll be ready to return at that point.

October 20, 2020 05:36 PM
Packers' James Burgess: Signs in Green Bay
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Packers signed Burgess to the active roster Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Burgess was on the Falcons' practice squad, and he'll get a fresh start in Green Bay. The 26-year-old linebacker posted 80 tackles, five pass breakups and an interception over 10 games with the Jets last season, so he could be dependable inside linebacker depth until Christian Kirksey (pectoral) returns.

September 4, 2020 08:52 PM
James Burgess: Cut by Jets
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Jets released Burgess (lower back) on Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Burgess started at linebacker in 2019 and averaged 67.2 defensive snaps per game, but he struggled with a knee injury that kept him out of six games. It's a bit surprising that he's being let go since Patrick Onwuasor (knee) is expected to miss the first month of the season while C.J. Mosley opted out. Neville Hewitt and Blake Cashman are expected to be the Jets' starting inside linebackers while Avery Williamson rotates in.

August 17, 2020 09:36 PM
Jets' James Burgess: Suffers injury Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Burgess suffered a lower-back injury in practice Monday, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.

It's unclear how serious the issue is and if it will cost Burgess significant time, but coach Adam Gase said it was a non-contact injury. When healthy, the 26-year-old is expected to compete with Neville Hewitt for a starting gig during training, in the wake of C.J. Mosley having opted out of the season.

August 13, 2020 07:44 PM
Jets' James Burgess: Comes off COVID-19 list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Jets activated Burgess from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.

Burgess spent just over a week on the reserve list, but he'll now be eligible to return to team facilities and practice. The 26-year-old looks primed to spend training camp competing with Neville Hewitt for a starting gig, in the wake of C.J. Mosley having opted out of the season.

August 6, 2020 04:00 PM
Jets' James Burgess: On to COVID-19 list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Jets placed Burgess (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.

In terms of production, Burgess filled in ably for C.J. Mosley last year, compiling 80 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a half sack in 10 appearances. With Mosley opting out of this season, Burgess is expected to compete with Neville Hewitt for the starting spot next to Avery Williamson (knee). However, Burgess' pursuit for playing time will be delayed until he works his way through the NFL's protocols for COVID-19.

March 23, 2020 02:24 PM
Jets' James Burgess: Re-ups with Jets
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Jets and Burgess agreed to a one-year contract Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Signed in the wake of C.J. Mosley's final appearance for the Jets last season, Burgess started the final 10 games, finishing with 80 tackles (51 solo), one interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a half sack. Mosley's recovery from a groin injury has extended into the offseason, so Burgess has been brought back after proving his worth to defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

March 19, 2020 06:28 PM
James Burgess: Hits free agency
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Burgess is now an unrestricted free agent after the Jets opted not to tender him a contract, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

Burgess emerged as a starter in New York's linebacker corps down the stretch of the 2019 season, but the team didn't move to retain him for 2020. The 26-year-old is now free to sign elsewhere in the league, and he shouldn't have much difficulty finding a depth gig.

December 29, 2019 09:52 PM
Jets' James Burgess: Finishes strong
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Burgess made nine tackles (seven solo) while adding an interception that he returned two yards, a tackle for loss and a pass defensed in Sunday's 13-6 win over Buffalo.

Burgess established himself as a productive linebacker after C.J. Mosley (groin) and Avery Williamson (knee) both suffered season-ending injuries. He finishes the season with 80 tackles, recording at least seven tackles in each of the last eight games. Both Mosley and Williamson are under contract in 2020, but the Jets will likely bring Burgess back as a restricted free agent to provide depth and possibly compete for Williamson's spot.

December 14, 2019 12:32 AM
Jets' James Burgess: Takes step back in Baltimore
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Burgess recorded seven tackles (five solo) and a pass defensed in Thursday's 42-21 loss to Baltimore.

Burgess has now recorded at least seven tackles in each of the past six games, but this performance interrupted a consistent upward trend that had seen him climb up to 12 tackles Week 14. This outing is a bit disappointing considering the plentiful opportunities for tackles facing Baltimore's run-heavy offense.

December 8, 2019 10:08 PM
Jets' James Burgess: Racking up tackles at high rate
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Burgess made a team-high 13 tackles (10 solo), as well as a tackle for loss and a pass defensed in Sunday's 22-21 win over the Dolphins.

Burgess has been a tackling machine, totaling 39 over the past four weeks. He's worth a look in formats that reward that category.

December 1, 2019 09:44 PM
Jets' James Burgess: Another nine-tackle game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Burgess finished with nine tackles (seven solo) in Sunday's 22-6 loss to the Bengals.

Burgess has established himself as a reliable tackler with consecutive nine-tackle performances. His upward trend in production makes Burgess a nice option for the remainder of the season with New York missing its usual starters at inside linebacker due to injuries.

November 25, 2019 12:36 AM
Jets' James Burgess: Leading tackler in blowout win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Burgess had a team-high nine tackles (six solo) in Sunday's 34-3 win over the Raiders. He also had a tackle for loss and a pass defensed in addition to a fumble recovery and a lost fumble.

Burgess scooped up a fumble by backup Raiders quarterback Mike Glennon only to cough the ball up himself before the end of the play. Luckily for the 25-year-old linebacker, the play occurred with the game well in hand. Burgess has stepped up nicely for the injury-riddled Jets as his tackle total has climbed in each of the past five games.

November 19, 2019 06:48 PM
Jets' James Burgess: Notches nine tackles in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Burgess recorded nine tackles (five solo) and half a sack in Sunday's win over Washington.

Burgess has been a find for the Jets since joining their active roster four weeks ago. In that time, he's put up 27 tackles (15 solo) and has a half sack in each of his last two. The 25-year-old's job could be in jeopardy if C.J. Mosley can return from his groin injury in the next couple of weeks, however.

November 12, 2019 09:24 PM
Jets' James Burgess: Racks up seven tackles
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Burgess registered seven tackles (four solo) and half a sack in Sunday's 34-27 win over the Giants.

Burgess and the rest of the Jets' linebackers did an incredible job in the run game Sunday, limiting Giants running backs to an astounding three yards on 14 carries. Burgess was also present on the field for 71 of the Jets' 72 defensive snaps, solidifying his place on the defense after being promoted to the active roster only a few weeks ago. The Jets will travel to Washington D.C. to take on the Redskins in Week 11.

October 31, 2019 01:08 PM
Jets' James Burgess: Set to start Week 9
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Burgess is likely to start at inside linebacker against the Dolphins on Sunday, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

Burgess was promoted to the Jets' active roster Oct. 26, and he drew a spot start Week 8 against Jacksonville, recording five tackles (two solo). With Blake Cashman (shoulder) having suffered a season-ending torn labrum, C.J. Mosley (groin) set to miss at least the next five weeks and Neville Hewitt (neck) not practicing, Burgess could be thrust into a starting role alongside Brandon Copeland for more than just one more contest.

October 26, 2019 06:40 PM
Jets' James Burgess: Brought up from practice squad
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Jets promoted Burgess to the active roster Sunday.

The Jets desperately need linebacker depth, as C.J. Mosley (groin) and Albert McClellan (concussion) have already been ruled out and Neville Hewitt (neck) is doubtful. Burgess may be called upon to start alongside Blake Cashman for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, although outside linebackers Harvey Langi and Tarell Basham could bump inside.

May 29, 2019 01:56 AM
Jets' James Burgess: Picked up by Jets
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Burgess was claimed off waivers by the Jets on Tuesday, Ethan Greenberg of the team's official site reports.

Burgess last played for the Browns in 2018, and made eight tackles (six solo) in just three games as he battled multiple injuries. He seems to have recovered from his most recent knock, a hamstring injury, and will hope to secure a depth role on defense and special teams for 2019.

October 21, 2018 01:32 AM
James Burgess: Waived with injury settlement
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Burgess (hamstring) was waived with an injury settlement by the Browns on Saturday, according to the NFL's official transaction log.

Burgess went unclaimed on waivers and reverted to injured reserve earlier this week after being waived/injured by the Browns. The hamstring injury was previously considered week-to-week, so the 24-year-old is free play again this season once he heals, courtesy of the injury settlement.

October 17, 2018 07:52 PM
Browns' James Burgess: Reverts to IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Burgess (hamstring) cleared waivers and has reverted to injured reserve, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.

After going unclaimed through waivers, Burgess could spend the rest of the 2018 campaign on injured reserve, barring an injury settlement. If that's the case, he will be eligible to return for the 2019 campaign.

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Career Defensive Stats
SeasonTeamGGSTKLTLKASTSACKSINTYDSLGDTDPASS DEF
2020GB40330000000
2019NYJ10108051290.512205
2018CLE32862000000
2017CLE149764927400003
2016CLE000 0.00 000-00
Total3121166 109.057 4.512208
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-0/230
Birthdate:
03/09/1994
Age:
26
Hometown:
Homestead, FL, USA
School:
Louisville
NFL Experience:
4
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