Jordy Nelson
WR OAK (7)
3 days ago

Nelson caught two of four targets for 30 yards in Sunday's 20-19 loss to the Broncos.

EDGE Analysis

Nelson saw just four targets for a second consecutive week despite quarterback Derek Carr completing an impressive 29 of 32 passes, while Amari Cooper led the receiving corps with 10 catches on as many targets for 116 yards. The re-signing of Martavis Bryant also figures to affect Nelson's target share, as the former hauled in four passes for 30 yards of his own Sunday. Jared Cook and Seth Roberts also combined for seven receptions and a touchdown as a handful of offensive weapons continue to impact Nelson's fantasy outlook.

Jordy Nelson
WR OAK (7)
3 weeks ago

Nelson played just five offensive snaps during last Friday's preseason win over the Packers, but he didn't see any targets in the limited action.

EDGE Analysis

Nelson didn't play in the Raiders' second preseason tilt against the Rams after logging five snaps in the exhibition opener, as coach Jon Gruden has elected not to risk the health of his 33-year-old receiver and stuck to that plan. Fellow veteran Marshawn Lynch also hasn't been given much run in the preseason, but the duo's positioning as starters is secure heading into Week 1 of the regular season.

Jordy Nelson
WR OAK (7)
1 month ago

Nelson won't play in Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Among his five snaps in the Raiders' exhibition opener, Nelson was targeted twice by Derek Car, corralling one of them for four yards. The Raiders are scratching a number of stalwarts on both sides of the ball Saturday, so Nelson should receive his most preseason action Friday against his old team, the Packers.

Jordy Nelson
WR OAK (7)
1 month ago

Nelson caught one of two targets for four yards in Friday's preseason-opening win over the Lions.

EDGE Analysis

Nelson was on the field with the first-team offense for just one drive with starting quarterback Derek Carr at the helm, but the 33-year-old receiver still managed to see a pair of targets in only five snaps. Nelson doesn't have much to prove in preseason contests at this point in his career, but any live game action with Carr at quarterback should help as the duo builds a rapport during their first season together. The former Packer brings a mature presence to the Raiders' wide receiver corps, which figures to be led in production by fourth-year veteran Amari Cooper.

Jordy Nelson
WR OAK (7)
6 months ago

Nelson has agreed to terms with the Raiders, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

To make room for Nelson, the Raiders parted ways with Michael Crabtree on Thursday. Nelson, who turns 33 on May 31, saw his production dip in 2017, as he caught 53 passes for 482 yards and six TDs in 15 games. Much of that decline is directly related to the fact that star QB Aaron Rodgers missed the majority of the season. Nelson will now look to prove that he still has something left to offer at this stage of his NFL career, while building chemistry with QB Derek Carr and starting opposite Amari Cooper. While it's going be difficult for Nelson to approach the stellar numbers that he racked up in his prime for Green Bay in tandem with Rodgers, there should be enough volume for him in Oakland to merit fantasy consideration in the context of coach Jon Gruden's offense.

Jordy Nelson
WR OAK (7)
6 months ago

The Raiders are closing in on a contract with Nelson, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Nelson has wasted no time in finding a new home, seemingly landing with the first organization that inquired about his services. In 2017, he looked like a shell of himself, but working with Brett Hundley instead of Aaron Rodgers for most of the season didn't help Nelson's cause. If the Raiders and Nelson reach an agreement, as expected, he'll get to work with one of the better young quarterbacks in the NFL in Derek Carr. It's been suggested Michael Crabtree would be the casualty of Nelson signing with Oakland, but Nelson would still be nothing better than the No. 2 wideout within the offense, in any case, with Amari Cooper also in the fold.

Jordy Nelson
WR OAK (7)
6 months ago

Nelson is visiting the Raiders on Wednesday, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Nelson was released by the Packers on Tuesday after the team reached an agreement with Jimmy Graham. It's more than fair to wonder how Nelson will fare without Aaron Rodgers, as the aging wideout completely disappeared when Brett Hundley was under center last season, closing out the year with nine straight games under 40 yards. Nelson will turn 33 in May, but he's only two years removed from a 97-1,257-14 receiving line and four years removed from a 98-1,519-13 line (he missed the entire 2015 campaign with a torn ACL). The Raiders may release Michael Crabtree if they end up signing Nelson.

Jordy Nelson
WR OAK (7)
6 months ago

The Packers released Nelson on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

At this point in his career, Nelson is Aaron Rodgers-dependent, posting no more than 35 yards in the eight games in which he played without the signal caller in 2017. While Rodgers will be back in the fold, Nelson's age (he'll be 33 in May) and cap figure ($12.5 million this season) likely swayed the decision-making process in Green Bay. The long-time Packer enters the open market with 69 touchdowns among his 550 receptions, but on the heels of a career-worst 9.1 YPC.

Jordy Nelson
WR OAK (7)
7 months ago

Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst and head coach Mike McCarthy were adamant Wednesday that Nelson remains a key part of the team's nucleus, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

EDGE Analysis

After returning for the 2016 season after missing the previous campaign while recovering from a torn ACL, Nelson wasn't the downfield threat he had been in his prime years, but was nonetheless supremely impressive in finishing with 97 receptions for 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns. That showing was expected to make Nelson a safe early-round fantasy selection in 2017, but the wideout instead saw his numbers crash in dramatic fashion, averaging a career-worst 9.1 yards per reception while scoring just six touchdowns, his lowest total in any season since 2010. While the absence of franchise quarterback Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) for the bulk of 10 games surely factored into the downturn in productivity, Nelson still didn't look like his usual self in the six contests Rodgers completed, reeling in 22 of 33 targets for 258 yards, with only three receptions of 20-plus yards. It appears the Packers aren't planning to limit Nelson's role or ask him to take a pay cut as he heads into his age-33 campaign, but his diminished explosiveness means that fantasy players shouldn't necessarily expect a dramatic bounceback from the receiver in 2018 even with a healthy Rodgers back in the fold.

Jordy Nelson
WR OAK (7)
9 months ago3 Comments

Nelson (shoulder) may be asked to take a pay cut or even released in the offseason, ESPN.com's Rob Demovsky reports.

EDGE Analysis

Nelson had six touchdowns in the five games he and Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) both started and finished this season, but the veteran wideout otherwise was held out of the end zone completely while failing to top 35 yards in a game after Week 6. Brett Hundley's poor play obviously gets some of the blame, but it's impossible to completely absolve Nelson when considering that Davante Adams (concussion) continued to produce at a high level. Friday's announcement of a long-term extension for Adams brings Nelson's situation to the forefront, with the 32-year-old wideout entering the final season of his own contract, scheduled for a $9.25 million base salary in 2018. Even if he sticks around, Nelson is unlikely to regain his long-time standing as the No. 1 target in the Green Bay passing game, given that Adams has proven to be the superior player at this point in their respective careers. Slot receiver Randall Cobb also will be entering the final year of his contract and likewise seems to be in danger of facing an offseason ultimatum.