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Natson was signed to the Browns' practice squad Wednesday.
Analysis: Natson was beat out for return duties by 2021 sixth-round draft pick Demetric Felton during training camp, but he rejoins the Browns a day after being cut. Cleveland also resigned wideout Ja'Marcus Bradley, giving them two receivers with experience in the system that can step in if Rashard Higgins' leg injury lingers, or if the time rookie Anthony Schwartz missed during preseason with a knee injury stunted his development.
Sep 1, 2021 6:31 PM EST
Natson was waived by Browns on Monday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Analysis: Natson was listed as the Browns' primary return man prior to this move, rendering it somewhat surprising. His exit opens up Donovan Peoples-Jones and D'Ernest Johnson to compete for both punt and kick returning opportunities. Natson, who spent the two previous seasons with the Rams, is now set to look for a new landing spot.
Aug 30, 2021 4:58 PM EST
Natson is listed as top punt and kick returner on Cleveland's unofficial depth chart heading into preseason Week 1 against Jacksonville on Saturday.
Analysis: Natson is among a group of players competing for the return job, so nothing is settled yet. Ideally, the Browns would have a returner that fills another role, but Natson is on the outside of the top five at wide receiver. The competition will play out over the preseason.
Aug 10, 2021 6:51 PM EST
Natson worked as a punt returner in Cleveland's first practice Wednesday, showing that he's recovered from his knee injury, Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Natson tore his ACL in Week 3 of the 2020 season but has regained health. His role on offense has been nearly nonexistent in recent years, so Natson's ticket to a roster spot will be winning the punt returner job on special teams.
Jul 30, 2021 1:32 PM EST
Natson (knee) signed a one-year deal with Cleveland on Thursday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Analysis: Natson played in just three games during the 2020 season before suffering a torn ACL during Week 3's game against Washington. Although the receiver had suited up for the past three seasons before his injury, Natson hadn't seen a target since 2017, where he caught two receptions for 18 yards with the Jets. With Cleveland's receiving corps crowded, the 27-year-old will likely continue his role as a returner for the team in the upcoming year.
Mar 18, 2021 7:26 AM EST
Natson suffered a torn ACL in Sunday's 34-20 win over Washington, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Analysis: Natson's season is over, and he'll be placed on injured reserve soon. He mainly just contributes as a returner, so Donovan Peoples-Jones and D'Ernest Johnson will likely battle for that role.
Sep 28, 2020 9:57 AM EST
Natson (knee) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against Washington, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Analysis: It's unclear how Natson suffered the injury, however, he was forced to leave the contest in the second quarter. As long as he's sidelined, Look for D'Ernest Johnson to take over as the team's punt and kick return man.
Sep 27, 2020 11:16 AM EST
Natson was one of six wide receivers to make the Browns' 53-man roster, Andrew Gribble of the Browns' official site reports.
Analysis: Natson was part of a crew battling for a spot behind starters Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham. Rashard Higgins will be the third wideout while Natson should be featured as a returner on special teams.
Sep 6, 2020 4:11 AM EST
Natson has been first in line for punt and kick returns in training camp, Scott Patsko of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Analysis: Natson is clear front runner as the primary return man, but the Browns would also want him to produce in other ways. He's part of a group vying to become the No. 3 wideout and was on the field with Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry early in camp. Rashard Higgins was mentioned in the last few days as a leading candidate for the third wideout spot. The competition for the No. 3 receiver job will continue leading up to the season opener against the Ravens.
Aug 27, 2020 5:58 AM EST
Natson took first-team snaps on offense during Monday's practice in place of Jarvis Landry (hip), Andrew Gribble of the Browns' official site reports.
Analysis: Natson spent most of last two seasons with the Rams as a returner, but he's getting early run in Cleveland's camp with the first team. The Browns don't have a set third wideout, so Natson, who's made a handful plays since camp opened Friday, is putting himself on the radar.
Aug 17, 2020 7:04 PM EST
Natson signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Browns on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Natson stands to provide Cleveland with receiver depth and upside as a return specialist. He averaged 22.2 yards per kick return and 8.2 yards per punt return across 12 games with the Rams last season.
Mar 19, 2020 3:47 PM EST
Natson (hamstring) was cut by the Rams on Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Natson finished the season on injured reserve after suffering a hamstring injury in the beginning of December. The 26-year-old was used primarily as a return specialist with the Rams, averaging 22.2 yards per kick return and 8.2 yards per punt return through 12 games in 2019.
Mar 10, 2020 3:13 PM EST
Natson (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.
Analysis: The 25-year-old's hamstring injury was expected to rule him out for the regular season anyway, and his IR placement frees up a roster spot for the Rams to sign tight end Kendall Blanton. Since signing with the Rams in 2018, Natson hasn't played an offensive snap but was a key return man. At the time of the report, Natson was 12th as a kick returner with 22.2 yards per try and 10th as a punt returner with 8.2 yards per attempt.
Dec 3, 2019 1:36 PM EST
Natson (hamstring) has been ruled out for four-to-six weeks, J.B. Long of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The specifics of the injury are still unknown but the depth wideout will likely miss the remainder of the regular season. Natson has played solely on special teams this season so his absence will not impact the Rams offensive production.
Dec 2, 2019 7:48 PM EST
Natson caught both of his targets for 12 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's 14-10 win over the Rams.
Analysis: Natson made a five-yard catch on the team's opening drive before adding a seven-yard touchdown grab to tie the game later on in the first quarter. He wasn't involved after that juncture, but it was interesting to see Natson make plays as a receiver and not merely a return man. Still, the Rams boast a deep wideout group and Natson will likely be fighting for scraps in Saturday's contest against the Broncos.
Aug 18, 2019 8:43 AM EST
The Rams tendered Natson to a contract Tuesday, Myles Simmons of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Natson was an exclusive-rights free agent and he now remains under the Rams' control for the 2019 season. The 25-year-old returned 26 punts for 280 yards and six kicks for 108 yards last season, and will likely reclaim his role as the primary return man in L.A. for 2019.
Mar 12, 2019 12:37 PM EST
Natson (hand) was a full participant at Thursday's practice, Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis: Natson looks on track to play Sunday against the Seahawks, barring a setback. The speedster should reclaim his role as the Rams primary kick and punt returner, with Cooper Kupp relinquishing those duties.
Oct 4, 2018 5:51 PM EST
Natson (hand) could play against Seattle this week, Myles Simmons of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Natson is seeking his way back onto the field following last week's hand surgery. The Rams were optimistic about his chances of playing in Week 5's contest even prior to the surgery, so the fact that the optimism remains bodes well for Natson. The speedster's practice report this week should help see through the weeds in determining his Week 5 status.
Oct 1, 2018 5:34 PM EST
Natson underwent surgery on his left hand Monday and will miss Thursday's game against the Vikings, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports.
Analysis: The Rams' primary returner could be back for Week 5 action, per the report. In the meantime, Cooper Kupp could take over returning duties factoring in his experience with the task and a short week. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, Natson figures to reassume his returning role once he's back.
Sep 24, 2018 5:34 PM EST
Natson suffered a hand injury and will not return to Sunday's game against the Chargers, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports.
Analysis: Natson's loss is a critical blow to the Rams' special teams as he is both their kick and punt returner. Cooper Kupp will likely handle punts in his absence, with Mike Thomas handling kickoffs.
Sep 23, 2018 3:04 PM EST
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