New York Jets veteran wide receiver David Nelson was a key part of the wide receiver competition during training camp, and he beat out the inconsistent Stephen Hill with ease. While Hill was busy dropping passes and being as mercurial as ever, Nelson was as steady as usual and affirmed himself as one of the team’s most reliable pass-catchers (along with slot man Jeremy Kerley, who will be sandwiched in between star WR Eric Decker and Nelson in three-wide sets) and could end up being second on the team in receptions.
Jets quarterback Geno Smith recently took the time to praise Nelson, and he stated that the former Buffalo Bills possession guy figures to be a “big contributor” this season. The second-year QB said, via the New York Daily News’s Manish Mehta, “David is pretty reliable. We appreciate everything he does. No matter what it is, he’s able to do it. He’s a very versatile guy, 6-5, and that’s rare to work a slot like he does. He’s getting better. He is going to be a big contributor for us this year.”
I would highly recommend following the link above to read the full piece, because it goes over all of the challenges Nelson has overcome in order to get to where he is now, as well as his inspiring off-field exploits, including his foundation dedicated to helping Haitian orphans.
It’s easy to forget, but Nelson caught 61 passes for 658 yards and five touchdowns in his second season in the league, and he isn’t your average 6’5″ guy. Not only can he move the chains and make catches like most tall wideouts, but he’s quick and displays enough route-running skills to be able to feature in the slot at times.