Monday, November 11, 2013
Nelson keeps his money, looks for payback
By Rich Cimini
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- David Nelson predicted two weeks ago his $7,875 fine for unnecessary roughness on Adam Jones would be rescinded -- and he was right.
The New York Jets wide receiver revealed Monday that he won his appeal.
This was vindication for Nelson, who was accused of dirty play by Jones after the Cincinnati Bengals' 49-9 rout of the Jets. Jones, known for his volatile behavior off the field, said Nelson was guilty of three cheap shots that warranted fines by the league. In fact, Nelson was flagged only once.
Jones was livid after he was decked by Nelson on a running play; the cornerback felt it was a cheap shot because it occurred away from the play. Jones told Nelson, "I'm going to find out where you live and come get you." Despite the penalty flag, the league office deemed it a legal block.
Nelson has a new focus -- the Buffalo Bills, whom the Jets face Sunday. He spent three seasons with the Bills, catching a career-high 61 passes in 2011, but they cut ties with him last spring by declining to make him a qualifying offer. Nelson found out on Twitter, which didn't sit well. He said he harbors no bitterness toward the Bills, but ...
"I could do the typical cliche and say it's just another game, but that's not the case," he said, adding, "I, like a lot of other players in that situation, took it personally. I'm out to prove this week they made a mistake."
Nelson said he will be "on the edge and excited all week," looking forward to the return trip to Buffalo.
"It will be a lot of fun, but at the same time, the front office made a decision not to re-sign me and that's a whole other animal," he said. "They made a decision and you always want to go back and show your ex-girlfriend and your ex-team what they're missing out on. It's that mentality. I'm not bitter towards them, but you still want to go back and show your talent and show what you can do."
Nelson has been a pleasant surprise for the Jets. In five games, he has 16 receptions for 199 yards.