New York Jets’ 2014 Breakout Players: David Nelson
By Alan Schechter
Dec 29, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets wide receiverDavid Nelson
(86) is tackled by Miami Dolphins free safetyReshad Jones
(20) during the second half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
As we wait out the 70+ days until the season begins, the speculation continues. There isn’t a lot of news going on with the team, so making predictions is the next logical step. Today we are talking about a player set to break out and have a huge season. In my opinion, one of those players is David Nelson.
Take a look at his production last year with the Jets. In 12 games, starting six, David caught 36 passes for 423 yards and two touchdowns. Take a look at his last five games:
David Nelson was hot coming down to the end of the 2013 season. Why? He developed chemistry with quarterback Geno Smith. That doesn’t go away. Just the way Mark Sanchez had chemistry when Braylon Edwards came, and Chad Pennington was completely linked up with Laveranues Coles, chemistry is chemistry. Nelson and Smith have it.
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David has had a big season before. In 2011 with Buffalo, he caught 61 passes for 658 yards and five touchdowns. Nelson clearly has ability, he has shown it before, and he became quite the reliable weapon for Geno Smith by the end of the season.
David will have his chances too. Now that the Jets have added legitimate weapons, the attention will be drawn away from him to other places. Eric Decker will see the lion’s share of the additional coverage. The Jets haven’t had a high-profile weapon like Decker in a long time, and he will be noticed.
If Stephen Hill continues to improve, as he has during minicamp, he will see a lot of attention as well, due to his speed. Jeremy Kerley is a steady hand out there that the defense will always be able to locate quickly. Jace Amaro will clear out room down the seams.
All of these other weapons will aid in giving David Nelson the chance to have a huge season in 2014. I do believe he has the chance to at least come close to, if not top his 2011 numbers with Buffalo.
What do you guys think?