Potential Patriots: David Nelson

David Nelson Patriots

David Nelson is an intriguing free agent option for New England.

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

The future is still up in the air for Brandon Lloyd as there have been reports indicating that the soon-to-be 32-year-old wide receiver is not in the New England Patriots plans for the 2013 season.

If the Patriots do decide to cut Lloyd, as he’s owed a $3 million bonus, the team will have to make their decision by March 16.

Assuming that the Patriots do cut Lloyd, then one free agent possibility for the team to sign to fill the X wide receiver role could be David Nelson of the Buffalo Bills.

Nelson, who has spent his entire three-year career with the Buffalo Bills is certainly someone that Bill Belichick and the Patriots would consider. Nelson, who’s a Florida product, would likely be a much cheaper option than other wide receivers in the free agent market but could have a surprising impact in New England’s high-powered passing attack.

The 26-year-old might have just played in one game this past season for the Bills, as he tore his ACL back in Week 1, but he should be all ready to go for the start of the 2013 season.

Nelson’s best season in Buffalo came in 2011 as he played in all 16 games while recording 61 receptions on 97 targets while accumulating 658 yards and scoring five touchdowns—keep in mind, Nelson was catching passes from the very inconsistent Ryan Fitzpatrick.

To compare Nelson’s 2011 season to Lloyd’s first season with the Patriots, they don’t necessarily add up—as Lloyd recorded 74 receptions for 911 yards and four touchdowns. However, the one edge that Nelson has on Lloyd his his yards-after-catch, as he posted 3.7 in 2011 while Lloyd posted just 2.7.

Standing in at 6’5″, Nelson certainly has the size that the Patriots have been lacking at the wide receiver position for quite sometime and could fit in nicely with tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.

As Lloyd is owed $3 million on March 16 and will earn $1.9 million in 2013, Nelson should be a much cheaper option and does have the potential to post much more impressive numbers than Lloyd did with Tom Brady.

Keep in mind, those is all assuming that the Patriots do decide to cut Lloyd, and if they do then Nelson is someone that the team definitely needs to consider.

Tags: David Nelson, Free Agency, Potential Patriots

10 Responses to “Potential Patriots: David Nelson”

  1. J H TARBORO says:

    Unrelated to the article Adam Schein of the NFL network brought up a question, that i brought up 3-4wks. ago about Tim Tebow joining the Patriots as a FB instead of a QB if the JETS release him. It would and could make sense if Woodhead doesn’t come back and Mc Daniels drafted him, and while playing fullback, Mc Daniels could hopefully try to fix him in the process. The Patriots team first policy means Tebow wouldn’t be a distraction here in NE, because we don’t let things like that to distract us.

    • PatsFanInCO says:

      No. Thank. You. We don’t need the circus for what small-to-moderate contribution Tebow might make.

  2. td says:

    Any new WR will be the 5th option behind: Welker, Gronk, Hernandez & Lloyd and/or a RB.

    Welker walks and let Lloyd go and they shoot up to 3rd or 4th option. Lloyd makes roughly $3mil per year as the 4th option. Ocho made $6mil. Think those numbers bother Welker?

    I would look for BB to make a bid on Nelson and Chris Canty at DT.

  3. J H TARBORO says:

    I also like this type of thinking, although a multiple TE set is not new, we could evole the position tremendously and a 3 TE set would be hard to stop, not only from mismatches on LBs, CBs, and safeties but it could be demoralizing to a defensive secondary having to tackle these big guys all day. The Patriots have no less than 5 TEs on their roster now and with some creativity it could be done with some devestating effect..

    • Ken W says:

      I have been thinking about this since they picked up Ballard. What if they drafted one of the top TE this year (Eifert or Ertz) and ran an offense like this:

      3 TE’s and Welker & RB
      4 TE’s and RB

      Let Brady make the call at the line and keep the defense guessing.

      Would be interesting to see.

      • J H TARBORO says:

        Me too! Ken W. The Patriots have the personel to get this done with some creativity right now! Eifert and Ertz would be too early in this years draft but i do have a TE in mind in this draft for late round consideration with NE ties. UCLA Joseph Fauria, nephew of former Patriot TE Christian Fauria. At 6’8″ 255lbs. tall, lengthy, with a basketball power foward build, a natural hands catcher and his length would make him a matchup nightmare. check him out on Youtube.

        • Ken W says:

          I like Chris Gragg TE Arkansas as a late round pick. Fastest 40 time for the TE’s at the combine. Good receiving TE and from what I have seen a pretty good blocker as well.

  4. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    I like your thinking on Nelson, great size, and cheaper than Lloyd. I think the Patriots keep Lloyd, however, but lose Welker. We still need a wide-out however. My 1st choice would be Hartline, but I think he signs with Miami.

    • munchkin says:

      I have a feeling that McDaniels will be standing on the table for Lloyd once again also. Is there a less endearing character than Lloyd on the current roster? Will keeping Lloyd kill this team? Does Brady dislike him as much as we are lead to believe?
      If TB doesn’t buy in then I suppose Lloyd is gone. But I sure wish the team could capitalize on the potential Lloyd had shown in the past. The potential we all hoped for when the team signed him at what we believed to be a bargain last Spring.

      • J H TARBORO says:

        Lloyd was great in Denver and good in ST.Louis. It could be our system or the role he was asked to play. I can say this for Lloyd, he is the most photogenic WR in NE. Meaning) he tries to look too pretty catching the ball with no yards after the catch.



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