Nelson is being evaluated for a knee injury he sustained in Sunday's loss to the Chargers, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Meanwhile, Martavis Bryant is on track to miss some time with a PCL injury, so the Raiders' wideout depth is being taxed in the post-Amari Cooper era. Next up for targets if Nelson sits out (in addition to Bryant) are Brandon LaFell, Seth Roberts and Dwayne Harris.
Nelson exited Sunday's game against the Chargers with a quad injury. Prior to leaving the game, Nelson failed to haul in his only target. In his absence, added looks are available for Brandon LaFell and Martavis Bryant.
Nelson secured two of three targets for 16 yards in the Raiders' 34-3 loss to the 49ers on Thursday. Nelson generated minimal production for the third straight contest, a stretch during which he's managed no more than two receptions or Thursday's 16 yards in any one game. The 33-year-old wideout has only been in vintage form once this season, a six-reception, 173-yard explosion in Week 3 against the Dolphins. Otherwise, he's struggled to muster anything beyond average production, even in the first pair of contests since Amari Cooper was traded to the Cowboys. He'll look to help the Raiders turn it around and snap a four-game losing streak versus the Chargers in Week 10.
Nelson caught one of four targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 42-28 loss to the Colts. Quarterback Derek Carr threw three touchdowns and rushed for another, but his success failed to lift up Nelson. With Amari Cooper now in Dallas, the veteran wide receiver should remain Oakland's top option at the position Thursday against the 49ers in Week 9 and beyond, but it's tough to count on him for consistent production with tight end Jared Cook and running back Jalen Richard also heavily involved in the passing game.
Nelson is expected to serve as the Raiders' No. 1 outside receiver Week 8 against the Colts following Amari Cooper's transition to Dallas. Nelson's potential volume in the Raiders' aerial attack figures to benefit from Cooper's departure, though expectations for a significant uptick in production may need to be tempered with a struggling Derek Carr (arm) at the helm. Running back Jalen Richard and tight end Jared Cook are slated to continue vulturing plenty of looks, while Martavis Bryant and Seth Roberts (concussion) present Nelson with underwhelming competition at receiver.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||120||75||870||10||50||11.60||147|