Gang Green may enter Monday Night’s matchup against the Falcons without their two best receivers, Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill. Holmes sustained a hamstring injury while running a route and Hill suffered a concussion from a hit by safety Michael Huff on Sunday. Since the players’ time table of return is uncertain, the Jets’ brass had to find a replacement. Following the loss on Sunday, New York signed former Buffalo Bill receiver, David Nelson.
Adding Nelson brings in a player who can catch up to speed quickly and can make an immediate impact on offense. The former Bills wideout was released by the Cleveland Browns during training camp, but Nelseon ran a similar offense in Buffalo as he will with the Jets. Gang Green’s newest receiver went on to comment about his new offense.
“It’s similar with what I did at Buffalo as far as the concept,” noted Nelson. “I’ve never been involved in a West Coast system, per se. Routes are similar, it’s just done in a little bit different manner as far as motioning and formations. But the routes are the same so it’s just figuring out what routes go with what concept.”
Running the routes and learning the plays will come easy for Nelson. The main focus for him this week is to get on the same page with his new quarterback Geno Smith.
“It’s somewhat more so just making sure I’m on the same page with Geno (Smith) and making sure that the knows where I’m going to be. I’m confident that I can, when it comes to Monday, I’ll know where to be and when to be there, it’s just being on the right page with him.”
Nelson went on to talk about building a rapport with the Jets’ rookie signal-caller.
“In the NFL it’s all about that chemistry with your quarterback, all about the trust,” noted Nelson. “He knows you’ll be there and he knows when you’re going to be there. For me it’s getting extra work with him after practice. It’s going to the field and running with him after practice, seeing what he’s seeing so he can see what I see. So just really getting on the same page with him. I feel like I’ve already got a solid grasp, as far as day one goes, of the offense. It’s just making sure he trusts me.”
Whether or not Nelson and Smith are on the same page, it looks like David will be getting significant playing time this Monday night. With the status of Holmes and Hill uncertain, Nelson knows that he will be ready to step up and play.
“I feel like I’m already there,” said Nelson. “I feel like I’ve done a great job at that. The thing is I have been in three NFL football seasons, so I know the grind. I know what it takes to make sure you’re ready to go Sundays.”
Bringing Nelson to the team will pay off for the Jets. The move improves the receiving corps, especially with Clyde Gates struggling to hold onto the ball and Ryan Spadola not quite ready to start. Signing free agent, David Nelson, gives the Jets a solid player to start immediately.