According to James Walker of ESPN's AFC East Blog, David Nelson
is going to be the Bills
' new outside WR this week, replacing the injured Donald Jones
, with Naaman Roosevelt and Brad Smith
taking Nelson's place in the slot. That's something that a number of us on Rumblings will be happy to see. The concern about using Nelson this way is that he is not fast enough, but in fact he ran a 4.54 40 at the combine. By comparison, Stevie Johnson, who is certainly fast enough to be a sideline receiver, ran a 4.59. That same year Early Doucet
ran a 4.54 and Mario Manningham
of the Giants
a 4.60, so Nelson plainly has the required speed, and his height at 6' 5" in effect makes him "faster" since he can outjump DB's that he can't outrun.
It's possible that this change isn't going to work and that the Bills will discover that Nelson needs to stay in the slot. But it's also possible that Nelson is going to prove an extremely pleasant surprise on the outside and that the team will find they have a strong contender for their #2 WR assignment already on the roster. The good news is that we are going to find out the answer on Sunday.
Just another great fan opinion shared on the pages of BuffaloRumblings.com.