New York Jets Release David Nelson

By Alan Schechter

Oct 5, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Jets wide receiver

David Nelson

(86) runs to the locker room after the first half against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The Jets announced the trade to acquire Percy Harvin officially. To make room for Harvin, the Jets have released wide receiver David Nelson.

After a stint with the Buffalo Bills, David Nelson came on the scene early in 2013, playing 12 games with the Jets. In a year that the Jets were desperate for weapons, Nelson became an important weapon for Geno’s development, catching 36 passes for 423 yards and two touchdowns.

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In 2014, Nelson had underperformed to date, with eight catches for 65 yards, going through some injury problems as well.

For a big target, which Nelson was at 6’5″, he was not performing well. Nelson had the potential to be a red zone target, a la Plaxico Burress and/or Braylon Edwards, but that never was to be. He had some fumble trouble, although he didn’t lose any of them, and was not the same receiver he had been in the past.

The move is clearly a plus on paper. Harvin is a step up from David Nelson, and I can’t wait to see him play.