Our New to the Nest series profiling the free agents and rookies added to the Eagles this offseason continues with a linebacker who has flown under the radar, Corey Nelson. Below highlights player bio and contract terms and makes a healthy projection for the upcoming season.
Bio/Contract: Nelson was a seventh-round pick by the Denver Broncos out of Oklahoma in 2014 working his way up the ranks to a starting role in 2016 when he totaled 67 tackles in five starts with Denver. He spent most of last season on Injured Reserve with torn biceps thus becoming a free agent. Nelson signed a one-year deal with the Eagles worth $1.6 million dollars in March.
Career: The 26-year old was apart of the Super Bowl 50 champion Denver Broncos. Nelson is known for his quick play diagnosing and pass defense specifically. He started as a special teamer who worked his way into a starting role with sound tackling. His career regular season stat line is listed below.
Projection: Nelson will be used often in sub packages where he will be asked to pick up running backs and tight ends in the flat often. The young linebacker played just under 48% of snaps in 2016 when he was healthy and 64% of Denver special teams snaps. Expect the Eagles to use him in a similar role when they see a matchup they like and for Corey to contribute any way he can. We do not expect massive numbers from Nelson, but if his coverage is solid, it’ll help the defensive in other ways, such as the defensive line having more time to get to the QB.
- Part five of the series will feature the exciting fourth-round draft selection of Josh Sweat.