Link: How big a role will David Nelson have with the Jets?

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.com

It’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




192 comments
williamg1
williamg1

I assume we'll be reading a lot about Curtis Martin's comments in the coming days. 

Paul Samuels
Paul Samuels

Jets looking a bit bigger at the WR this year. Decker at 6'3, Nelson at 6'4, Hill at 6'4 and Amaro at 6'5. 

MarshRandy
MarshRandy

I hope Nelson has a role. I just like the guy 

williamg1
williamg1

This offseason is sooo much longer than previous off seasons. There have been, at least, 36 hours in each day. 

kniff
kniff

With Decker and Kerley slated to get the lions share of passes at this point, its good to know that Nelson is ramping up his game and ready to jump in as well taking a decent snap count. Good route running and hands is nothing to snub, and we know he is good enough to prevent double coverage or run stuffing. Even though we augment the reception threat with a reliable Cumby and rookie Jace Amaro, somehow I think that even Stephan Hill might make the fray more than we were predicting a number of weeks ago...some of the recent rhetoric from above was quite positive.

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

i think with a full offseason with the team and geno nelson should make a definite improvement rec,yds, and tds this year...hes a class act on and off the field and came in last year and played well learning a new system with a rookie qb...it will be a major bonus for this offense if nelson plays well 

harvlis
harvlis

I would like to see Hill blossom into the dangerous player that we expected to see, when he was drafted.  If that doesn't happen, I have no problem with Nelson stepping up and becoming the number two.  If Decker, Kerley, Amaro, Cumberland, and CJ do their things -- Nelson will only add to the mix. 

t__k
t__k

I'm just not a fan of this guy.  He's fine as a 4th - 5th possession receiver, but I wouldn't want him at the #2 spot.  I'd prefer Hill or one of the rookies TBH.

marcus81
marcus81

Nelson isn't that fast I would rather see him on 4 or 5 receiver sets, which would mean he would not start

Pablo Bruno
Pablo Bruno

They better keep Nelson, this guy has been solid and is a very nice guy off the field. Decker 6' 4, Hill 6' 5, Nelson 6' 5, Amaro 6' 5, Cumberland 6' 4, with that size playing together in various sets, they can be unstoppable even if they don't get seperation, then you up Kerley/Saunders/Ford in the slot forgetaboutit, Enunwa/Evans they can be placed on the practice squad let them sit and learn. 

a57se
a57se

He also said that Breno Giacomini is "stiffer then stiff"

Decker is overrated and a product of Denvers' offense and that Coples has been an underacheiver since stepping onto the campus at No. Carolina!!!

marcus81
marcus81

@Paul Samuels  you still gotta catch the ball, only Decker and Kerley are proven receivers

williamg1
williamg1

@kniff Its all a matter of his knees holding up. If he can get a bunch of healthy reps, he might just end up being somebody. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

Order received.

Sincerely,

Calvin Pryor

Brendan
Brendan

@marcus81 If a big-bodied WR runs crisp routes and can use his body to shield defenders, his lack of blazing speed isn't a killer. 


Guys like Jerry Rice, Larry Fitz and Anquan Boldin. Guys built like tree trunks, but not gifted blazing speed. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Brendan

This is the year the Dolphins and Bills break out and the Jets finish in the cellar, I'm sure of it.  Ignore what I said in 2009 and 2010 and 2011 and 2012 and 2013, THIS YEAR IS THE YEAR FOR SURE.


Sincerely,

Hank and Sons, LLC

williamg1
williamg1

@a57se He loses me when he makes it seem like Decker isn't even a #2. 

hitchhiker
hitchhiker

Nelson's career stats (130 rec, 1,465 yards, 10 TDs, 0 fumbles) are very similar to Kerley's (128 rec, 1,664 yards, 6 TDs, & 7 fumbles/4 lost) & has had a 61 catch season, so he's "proven" as well.

levi
levi

@williamg1  No, but I wouldnt be shocked if Bellidick was.

levi
levi

@tsjc68 Who's going down first Gronk or Amendola?

idothis2
idothis2

@Brendan @marcus81 Keyshawn Johnson was underrated with how he presented his body to QBs. made it very easy for them and he wasnt fast

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Brendan @marcus81

Especially with a young signal-caller we're trying to develop into a stud.  Having a lot of guys out there who are adept at getting to the proper spot as it's drawn up on the playsheet and then bringing in the catch... that's a really good thing to have.

a57se
a57se

@williamg1 @a57se 

Did you scroll down to the coments?

Also his take on Rex' contract is all wrong.

Paul Samuels
Paul Samuels

@hitchhiker I thought Nelson has been very competent for the Jets, and he was productive for the Bills as well. 

marcus81
marcus81

@hitchhiker  Jets have a winning record when Kerley plays, Kerley was the only reliable receiver last year, hope Nelson contributes too, but Kerley has more of an impact on the team

__fense
__fense

@levi @tsjc68 Amendola, probably, but Gronk's injury will be worse and will be made worse because he's dumb and won't properly treat it.

marcus81
marcus81

@idothis2 @Brendan @marcus81  Keyshawn was very athletic, if he had speed he would have been one the greatest ever, he still had about 800 catches and retired while he could still play

Brendan
Brendan

@tsjc68 Hill could still figure that out, for all we know he has, but the fact that we already know Nelson is capable of it gives him a leg up, imo. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Brendan @tsjc68

(tries to decide if I should be hearing "Don't Stop Believing" or "Faithfully" in my head right now)

williamg1
williamg1

@a57se @williamg1 Yeah, you pretty much dismantled him. I'm not that familiar with Gabriel. Is he respected? 

hitchhiker
hitchhiker

He's not a game breaker, but competent & dependable describe his game well, imo.

hitchhiker
hitchhiker

Kerley had a bigger impact, but not much bigger, statistically, considering Nelson joined the team mid-season. Kerley averaged 8.3 yards per game & less than 1 catch per game more than Nelson.

Brendan
Brendan

@tsjc68 (Both, being performed by different cover bands, simultaneously) 

a57se
a57se

@williamg1 @a57se 

Very much so...he started with the Giants in the 80's and has been in the league for 30+ years...