What does no David Nelson mean?
With the news that Nelson won't be tendered, it would seem a wrench has been thrown in our receiving core line up. As of right now we have Stevie, TJ, and Smith as the only notables on the team. I liked Nelson, I'll admit that he wasn't a sexy player at the position, but I don't think it can be argued that he was a large, reliable target, something I feel is undervalued, especially on this message board. No one cares to admit that every team needs role players... we generally say, oh he sucked because he wasn't the best at the position.
For starters, we're clearly going to be drafting at least 1 WR, maybe even 2, and we will certainly be bringing in 1 or 2 via FA, and likely a few UDFAs for TC. Obviously it's a numbers game, I'm sure FA will determine how many/when we draft any WRs.
I think that it's become clear that Smith will be exclusively a WR on this team in the coming year. No more mumbo jumbo of the wildcat... no work on running or passing for him (although I wonder if he'll still play ST at all... anyone familiar with the type of personnel Crossman likes to use?). I think he can certainly replace the production of Nelson. He's a few inches shorter, but certainly not a small guy, and he's definitely more able to rack up YAC than Nelson was.
I expect us to draft a "#1" type WR and move Johnson to the slot. Beyond that it's tricky... will Smith or TJ seem more snaps? What type of additional receiver (aside from Nix's "tall always open" type guy) do you think we may get, given Smith and TJs skill sets?
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