I’m sure a lot of casual football fans don’t even know who David Nelson is. Nelson doesn’t cause a lot of trouble off the field, nor is he a flashy player, but he does his job pretty well. The New York Jets still have a fair share of question marks on their roster, but if they name Nelson the No. 2 starter, that is one less problem to worry about.
Stephen Hill is the wide receiver that the Jets’ want to win the No. 2 job, but he still isn’t ready to claim the spot. He has shown flashes of talent, but he lacks the consistency that Nelson brings to the table. With a young quarterback under center, the Jets need a sure thing at the wide receiver position and Nelson is that guy. A combination of Eric Decker, Jeremy Kerley and Nelson isn’t one of the best in the league by any means, but all three are steady and reliable receivers.
When Nelson played with the Buffalo Bills he wasn’t a household name, but his name was called when the team needed a clutch catch in a crucial third-down situation. The news out of camp says Nelson along with Greg Salas, another receiver fighting for a roster spot, have been the Jets’ best and most consistent receivers all throughout training camp and the preseason.
Nelson never tallied more than 1,000 yards receiving in a year or did he ever come close to scoring 10 touchdown a season, but none of that really matters. All that matters is that Nelson has sure hands, a good football IQ and deserves a chance to start this season.