Signing Receiver David Nelson Solid Emergency Plan for New York Jets

By Nick Mamary
Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets needed immediate help with getting an additional target for Geno Smith. As of now they are expected to sign sign free agent David Nelson. He may not be a star, but Nelson has enjoyed some success as an NFL receiver. This former Buffalo Bill had five touchdowns in 2011 which represents the best total of his career.

A problem was created when Jets wideout Santonio Holmes left Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans with a hamstring injury. He remains New York’s best option so having him miss a few weeks, which is possible, would harm their passing game. As a result rookie Geno Smith has fewer playmakers to target and could suffer even more growing pains. An additional injury increased the importance of obtaining assistance.

Second-year receiver Stephen Hill also left this past loss with a concussion. His availability for Monday’s contest against the Atlanta Falcons currently is doubtful. Jeremy Kerley simply cannot do it all on his own as a slot playmaker. Although Nelson did not score a touchdown last season and was cut earlier by the Cleveland Browns there is something intriguing about this player.

Standing at 6-foot-5 he brings a good build. Quarterbacks are able to just throw it up and let him make a play. Such stature could be useful in the West Coast offense. Whether he starts or not should be determined in the coming days, but look for him to contribute in some way over the next few weeks.

Nick Mamary is a New York Jets writer for Follow him on Twitter @NickMamary1, “Like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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