Brian Costello of the NY Post is running down the team’s top 25 players on the way to training camp, and here’s some of what he wrote about Jets receiver David Nelson.
Nelson is in the mix to be the team’s No. 2 wide receiver. The Jets have several guys fighting for the spot, but Nelson appears to be the favorite judging from OTA and minicamp snaps.
Nelson had to learn Marty Mornhinweg’s offense on the fly last year. It will be interesting to see how much better he can be with a full offseason in the system. Nelson had 61 catches in 2011 for Buffalo. The Jets would sign up for a season like that in a second.
The starting job is not guaranteed for Nelson. His roster spot is not even guaranteed. He is battling Stephen Hill and draft picks Jalen Saunders, Shaq Evans and Quincy Enunwa. But Nelson is a professional receiver, something those others have not proven, so I would give him the edge in winning a starting job.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comIt’s good that Nelson saw a lot of reps this spring and it is a good indicator, but do keep an eye on how some of the other players fare. Nelson’s ability to quickly acclimate himself into the offense is a good sign that Nelson knows how play in the system and the Jets know how to use him. Geno seems to work well with large targets, which is good news for players like Decker, Nelson and rookie TE Jace Amaro.
Eric Decker can be deployed flexibly short or long. We expect Jeremy Kerley to be a major factor out of the slot, and he will likely line up there extensively. Decker with Nelson on the outside could make sense; Decker can be a featured player short, intermediate or long while Nelson, Amaro and Kerley would handle some of the grittier possession work which is an important element of the West Coast offense