Free Agency Focus: WR David Nelson

David Nelson was recently released by the Buffalo Bills and the best part is, they are not going to tender him, so he will be a free agent. The Patriots wanted to sign Nelson as a undrafted free agent, but he picked Buffalo, thinking he had a better opportunity there. Nelson played college football at Florida with Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. In the 2012 season, Nelson tore his ACL missing the season, but the 2011 season was a great one for the young talented WR. Keep in mind, Nelson was catching passes from Ryan Fitzpatrick, not the most consistent QB to play the game so imagine Nelson with Tom Brady. Nelson burnt the Patriots in 2011, when he caught 6 passes for 84 yards in Buffalo’s win over New England. David Nelson has also had solid production since coming into the league every season he has played prior to the 2012 season.

David Nelson is 6’5 and 215 pounds. He has the size New England wants, and he will be a cheap option at the spot. He is better then the Chad Johnson, and Brandon Lloyd the Patriots have had in the past, not only on the field but also off the field. His size would help the Patriots in the redzone, and up the field as well. He is good after the catch, and has great hands. David Nelson has exceeded good in the NFL with a below average QB so with a QB like Tom Brady, David Nelson would excel beyond measure, and have a break out season in 2013. He would be like Miles Austin when he exploded onto the scene for the Cowboys, except Nelson would be better. David Nelson is high on my wish list for the Patriots to sign.

Belichick on David Nelson: “What he did with Florida is pretty much what he’s doing with Buffalo in this league. He’s a big target. He’s got great range. He can get to a lot of balls, excellent hands. He’s not the fastest receiver, but he’s deceptive, and he’s got a good burst and good quickness. If the quarterback puts the ball away from the defender, he can adjust and make the play, that kind of thing. He’s a very crafty guy, and he’s a smart football player. He knows coverages. He knows how to get open.”


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