Nelson, who was waived by the Browns before the season, had not noticed anything unusual about Bess as a teammate.
"I had tremendous respect for Bess," Nelson told ESPN. "When I was there, our lockers were next to each other's. He was excited to be there. I found him to be great for Josh (Gordon). He worked hard. Josh saw that. Everybody saw that.
"The stuff I heard (before the game) was all uncharacteristic of things I'd seen when I was there. He ended up leading the league in drops (he was actually second with 14) and he'd never done that before. Everything that happened was uncharacteristic of him, so you know something must have happened to him."
Bess was later placed on the non-football injury list due to his personal problems, which was followed by his well-chronicled bizarre behavior that led to his arrest.
Neither player reached even 600 yards this season in the Jets' woeful passing offense, with Kerley leading the team with 523 yards. Holmes finished with 456 yards and Nelson adding 423 yards.
That is, they were achieved against a Browns team that waived him in training camp.
Nelson put the Jets on the board with 1:22 remaining in the first half on a 6-yard reception and added another on a 5-yarder off a fade route to give his team the lead early in the fourth quarter. He finished with four catches for 33 yards, including a key first-down grab with six minutes left in the game.
He will seek to maintain his momentum in Week 17 at Miami.
The injury report issued Friday by the
The offensive players on the list are tight end
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