Midyear pickup WR David Nelson expected back in 2014

NFL: Cleveland Browns at New York Jets

While the Jets offense has had their struggles this season, the Jets front office is looking for pieces to build around for 2014 and David Nelson might be one of those pieces, per Kristian Dyer of Metro New York.

Jets wide receiver David Nelson had two touchdown catches last Sunday, his first touchdowns of the season. Nelson has been a nice midseason addition to the Jets’ receiving corps and fans have been clamoring for him to re-sign next season.

Metro New York has learned Nelson signed a two-year contract with the team back when he joined the team and is expected to be back next season.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

As a mid-season pickup, it has been impressive how David Nelson has acclimated to the offense and he’s graded out well against the rest of the league.  Nelson’s size and style seem to work well for Geno Smith and his presence allows Jeremy Kerley to do things besides play in the slot — something that Kerley did well without Santonio Holmes around for three quarters of the season.  We know that Kellen Winslow has wanted to see more touches but Nelson seems to be the large middle target to which Smith has become more attached.

It’s obvious that there is going to be a lot of turnover at the wide receiver position this offseason, so some continuity with a player like Nelson is a good thing.  In 2014 Holmes won’t be back, Stephen Hill can’t be counted on yet for production.  I’m glad to see that the Jets are rewarding Nelson for his solid play and locking him up now before they are scrambling during the free agency rush.

Of course, this isn’t to say that this means David Nelson will be a starter on this team in 2014 … he will vie for a starting spot on the Jets.  The Jets are going to have to be active in free agency and the draft to upgrade their receiving corps … still having a player like Nelson locked up is a good thing.

 

61 comments
ssxtricky
ssxtricky

he's not that good guys...just because he caught 2 touchdowns against the browns last week does not warrant his return next year. I'm predicting he will have a chaz schillens type of year next year. I hope not but that's how I feel about him.

a57se
a57se

HEY! 

Where is the Friday CHAT????

kniff
kniff

Nelson is a keeper, and an astute acquisition no doubt, and Kerley is a must have slot guy who had the heart to play hurt, and still make great plays... I'll be glad to see them next pre season....

Hill has enjoyed much patience from most Jets fans (including me) but 2014 is the last I'm comfortable waiting for him to make the playmaker status we all wanted him to achieve...


We still need a number one threat WR to replace Holmes, and I say lets sign a stud FA... hopefully they are compiling a short list right now. I want tall and strong guys that fight aggressively for the ball...

Bytor
Bytor

I like this dude as well. Very solid pick up. With first round wr and second round te plus Maclin and Hill and Kerley and a healthy Goodson we have a very capable offense.

beers22
beers22

I don't think they need a lot of turnover at receiver.  The problem is they need a legit #1 receiver.  Holmes has been awful this year, and Hill has been a disappointment again.  Alshon Jeffery would look really nice in Green and White, oh well.  Kerley's a good #2, and Nelson/Hill can be fine as the 3/4.  Kerley being out and Holmes being hurt or just not good is what made the receivers such an awful group.  With Kerley healthy, the addition of Nelson, and someone to replace Holmes, this group could go from mediocre to good pretty quickly.

bobbyj
bobbyj

What kind of deal is big snacks signed too? If Rex is launched, I have no doubt he will get a job as a DC ( maybe HC gig ) If so he will look to raid our roster. Who could he snatch up if he is let go?

bobbyj
bobbyj

Nelson has been an excellent pick up. Just wondering why the Bills let him go? Also would like to see the dude we just signed ( poor dude who's child passed ) play some on Sunday

levi
levi

Nelson has been a nice pick up and a feather in the cap for the GM.

jake100
jake100

#1 & #2 wr, a versatile #1 TE, and a 3rd down speedy rb out of the backfield. On the defense, a LB and upgrade the secondary,....safety and CB and there will be no stopping us.

jake100
jake100

I cant wait for FA and the draft after we beat the fish! We are looking good baby! Go big time on offense with some weapons and a few tweaks on the D side and we will be feared and a team to be taken real serious.

jake100
jake100

I alluded to this yesterday on Nelson, and I am very happy with this. It is all over the blog world that this draft is loaded crazy with wr depth, that #1s will be there until deep into the second round. I hope we take advantage, we need a #1 and a #2.  Load up on offense, a few tweaks on the defense and we will be rolling baby!

cunny
cunny

Watkins, Maclin, Kerley, Nelson, Cumberland, other random Tight End.

1969JAN12th
1969JAN12th

Their is something about Nelson I really like  (even before the two TDs); hard to put my finger on it. Best thing I can describe is that "he gets it as a player and as a Jet ". Hope he succeeds going forward cause I'm pulling for him.

jdb7
jdb7

Good for Nelson.  Luckily for the Jets, guys like Maclin, Doug Baldwin/Golden Tate and James Jones are likely to be free agents.  Someone like Brent Celeck may be a cap cut as the Eagles will need to free space and he has a large cap number. 

Jeff E. Guy
Jeff E. Guy

My hope is that he'll be a backup because if he's starting, we didn't adequately improve the position....

fourbten
fourbten

He's a solid player. Hill is a waste of a roster spot.

marcus81
marcus81

@ssxtricky I second Bent, he's better than what we have right now, which isn't much, except for Kerley, hope Izzy is not the type that goes against the grain, and makes decisions that defy logic, this offense is in critical condition, almost no talent for WR's, and no it's not all Geno's fault.

Bent
Bent

@ssxtricky I quite liked him before last week, but I see him as more of a 4 or 5.  He had a 60-catch, 5TD season at age 25 and is still getting over an ACL tear on a team he wasn't even in camp with. 


Nelson's a great guy and I'm rooting for him to have a successful career, be that with the Jets or some other team.

Jim Israel
Jim Israel

@jake100If Rex Ryan is not the coach in 2014, Pace will be gone. Building a team means taking some chances with young players; At his age, Pace, I think, is a real risk of diminishing production, and probably will not fit into the roster-developing plans of the new coach. He's a favorite of Ryan for sure, but the next coach does not have that allegiance. Pace is really nothing but a short-term solution. Why waste a roster spot?

Brendan
Brendan

@jake100 Pace doesn't even have the worst double-digit sack season out of the players with 10+ sacks this year


Is that a fan post or one of their staff writers?

Bent
Bent

@jake100 Ironic that this comes from the same site that was criticizing Coples a few weeks ago because all of his pressure was "cheap".

ww85
ww85

If Rex is fired, He will probably become the Detroit HC. Think he'll enjoy coaching Suh?

Bent
Bent

@bobbyj 


Injured.  Torn ACL.


Tried out for the Browns in preseason but got injured in camp and squeezed out.  Seems to be back to 100%.

a57se
a57se

@jake100 

I thought you were going away for a while?

jdb7
jdb7

@cunny Thinking more Maclin, Kerley, Nelson, Hill  Draft Brandin Cooks and Dri Archer.    


TE Cumberland and draft Jace Amaro

jake100
jake100

@cunny Also need a TE and a 3rd down RB. Can you imagine what Geno could do with a solid #1 TE, a #1 wr and a blazing 3rd down pass catching rb out of the backfield? Yikes! The D will then be improved automatically just by having the offense stay on the field and rest the defense. This is not to say that we dont need and OLB and some upgrades in the secondary but the beauty is, the Jets have the resources to address all these needs. Its going to be a very good 2014.

spindoctor
spindoctor

@1969JAN12th i like him because he catches the ball when it is thrown to him...Holmes should follow his lead

gjet93
gjet93

@fourbten It's worth repeating - Hill is a waste of a roster spot. Like Vlad. Let's move on from those bad picks/

Bent
Bent

@Brendan @jake100 He admitted he was deliberately hyperbolic with the title.  Yeah, he's a staff writer.


Someone asked him to compare that with some of the other guys with 10+ sacks and he admitted he hadn't considered that.


It's actually interesting, but one thing I'd add to the analysis is that often Pace isn't a primary rusher and is SUPPOSED to keep the QB contained in the pocket by simply occupying a blocker rather than attempt to beat his man, so the plays where he did that and then made the sack are a sign he was doing that job well.

Scott Salmon
Scott Salmon

@Bent @jake100 FWIW, that wasn't me that criticized Coples. I don't know who did (maybe John or Smackdad?) but I think Coples has had a really good year.

jake100
jake100

@Bent @jake100 

Coples looks to really be generating some pressure. I admit, I was concerned about his olb role, but he is getting better and better. I was wrong and glad to be. He still has some to prove, but he is looking real good.

jake100
jake100

@Bent @jake100 

I love Pace , he is one of my favorite Jets! I took umbrage with this article, but its their opinion. The guy played all guts this season and MORE than held his own. I definitely want him back in 2014.

bobbyj
bobbyj

But at least he's signed thru next year, he's a guy teams would look to snatch up

a57se
a57se

@spindoctor

Really, I guess you didn't see the 2 drops he had in the game vs. Miami (pretty sure it was this game), one of which would have been a TD.

Bent
Bent

@Scott Salmon @Bent @Brendan @jake100 Yeah, like I said, it was interesting, which is rare for one of Joey's links, so you've got that going for you.  Some of the comments on the article are pretty funny too, especially the one about Geno Smith and the best 20+ interception season ever haha.


Keep up the good work amigo.

Scott Salmon
Scott Salmon

@Bent @Brendan @jake100 Yeah, my main point was that we get caught up in the number 10 and say, "he must have been a STUD pass rusher this year," and it's simply not true. Several of those sacks were at the line of scrimmage (I'd argue one was beyond) and one was as Campbell was voluntarily going to the ground. They're sacks, which is great, but let's not pretend that's the same type of sack as Wilkerson blowing up a double team in under two seconds.

jake100
jake100

@Bent @Brendan @jake100 


I heard that most of Pace's career with the Jets , that he was never just put as a primary pass rusher, but a jack of all trades type, edge setter against the run, coverage and pressure when he could, and was always solid.

Bent
Bent

@a57se Simms is ERFA.  He'll be back.

a57se
a57se

@Bent

Others on the defense include Reed, Bellore, Trufant, Pace, Walls, Berry, Lankster, McIntyre and Mauga. 

Guys on Offense: Howard, Cumberland, Colon, Ducasse, Hilliard, Garrard, Cribbs, Winslow,  Reuland and Simms


So there are a lot of guys who could follow Rex if they want to especially at LB and the secondary.

Bent
Bent

@bobbyj Douzable is the only defensive lineman not under contract for next year.

a57se
a57se

@Bent

David Nelson couldn't hold a candle to Santonio Holmes as a WR......using him to take a swipe at Holmes is silly.

Bent
Bent

@Brendan @a57se Yeah, his drop rate is 22nd out of 94.  I think Spin made a fair assessment.

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se He had 1 drop in that game. He's only had 2 drops all season and has a 62% catch rate, which is about the league average.