Browns add David Nelson to receiving corps
David Nelson is coming off right knee surgery after he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the regular season opener loss to the New York Jets last season. The 26-year-old David Nelson played just one game as he spent the rest of 2012 on the season-ending injured-reserve. However, David Nelson previously indicated his recovery from knee surgery is on the right pace and he expects to be able to participate in OTAs and minicamp at a high level.
“The way it’s progressing right now, I’m hoping to be full-go for OTAs,” said David Nelson in February. “I’ll try to work myself in slowly and then be full-go for mandatory minicamp and then hit camp at 100 percent . . . It was a blessing to have it happen so early. Now I can be ready to go.”
The fourth-year veteran David Nelson had a breakout season in 2011 starting 13 of 16 games, as he racked up 61 receptions (second team highest) for 658 yards and led the team third with five touchdowns. In his rookie year, David Nelson made 31 receptions for 353 yards and three touchdowns.
Entering the league as an undrafted free agent out of Florida in 2010, David Nelson spent the past three seasons with the Buffalo Bills starting 16 of 32 games to produce 94 receptions for 1,042 yards and eight touchdowns. During his time with the Buffalo Bills, David Nelson proved to be a good slot receiver opposite big-play Stevie Johnson.
However, the Buffalo Bills opted not to offer a restricted free agent$1.323 million tender, as he wasn’t a part of the team’s rebuilding efforts. So now teams can sign David Nelson as an unrestricted free agent and the Buffalo Bills lose the right to compensation or matching the offer sheet made to David Nelson during the offseason by other teams.
The addition of David Nelson bolsters the Cleveland Browns’ group of quietly promising group of receivers being led by Josh Gordon and Greg little. David Nelson is expected to compete for snaps with the other two receivers on the Cleveland Browns’ roster featuring Jordan Norwood and Travis Benjamin.
"David possesses very good size and hands, and has a good feel for the game," said Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said in statement released on Monday. "He showed promise with Buffalo two years ago before missing most of last season with an injury, and we feel as though he will be a good addition to our group of wide receivers."