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.comAs 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.