Of course I was going to put a defensive back in this article. In this case for Nick Nelson, it’s more than warranted. Much like Ateman, developing Nelson will add a different dynamic. Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther can swing his corners around in the slot or on different sides, the possibilities are there.
On top of that, we have no idea how durable Gareon Conley will be this season. Depth is always crucial in any secondary. Even more so with this Raiders secondary. They don’t want to have a couple corners missing midseason, which results in them scrounging in free agency for available corners. It makes it crucial to ensure the backside depth of the secondary is sufficient.
Nick Nelson has shown us he has the talent to make plays in the two games so far. I’d expect his workload to be heavy for tonight’s game since the Packers won’t be playing their offensive starters. Nelson will have a bucketful of looks in coverage, so make sure you keep a magnifying glass on him.