Seahawks’ interest in Nelson makes sense

The Seattle Seahawks are going to be meeting with former Packer and Raider wide receiver Jordy Nelson this week. He wouldn’t be the first veteran receiver the GM John Schneider has brought in to bolster a receiver corps that lacks depth.

At 33-years old, Nelson is coming off of a fairly productive year for Oakland. On 63 receptions averaged 11.7 yards per reception with three touchdowns; these numbers came despite playing on an atrocious offense led by a quarterback that struggled to score touchdowns. A lot of those issues facing the Raiders last year were related to the inconsistent play of quarterback Derek Carr.

Despite these problems, there were a few plays that showed that Nelson is still capable of playing wide receiver at a high level (watch the volume on the below video).

Nelson caught 71.6% of passes thrown his way last season, which would be the second highest reception rate on the Seahawks last season — of wideouts with more than 20 targets, Tyler Lockett caught 81.4% of passes thrown his way to lead the team, Doug Baldwin was second with 68.5% of passes caught. It’s this production that makes him interesting to Schneider and co…despite the fact that Seattle throws the ball a lot less than John Gruden’s Raiders.

The Seahawks need more wide receivers that can consistently haul in passes. Dropped balls were a consistent issue. Quarterback Russell Wilson heavily relies on his tight ends and his running backs to catch the ball; while some of that is the run first attack Pete Carroll and Brian Schottenheimer prefer, it’s also the result of a lack of talented pass catchers outside. If they’re able to sign Nelson, New England is reportedly interested in his services, then they’d be adding a capable wideout to a roster that needs more production out of that position.

Now, this doesn’t mean I think signing Nelson is something the Seahawks should do. He’s clearly lost a couple steps, and no longer has the explosiveness he used to have, but bringing him in for a meeting is a smart idea and shows that Seattle is still looking for ways to improv its wide receiver room.