Jordy Nelson landing spots: Raiders, Patriots in hunt

Changes happens quickly in the NFL. Yesterday’s star is in today’s discard pile.

Just two years ago, Jordy Nelson led the NFL with 14 receiving touchdowns. Prior to tearing his ACL in 2015, he was among the league’s premier playmakers, making magic with Aaron Rodgers as a precision route runner, dangerous deep threat and sideline acrobat. On Tuesday, the Packers released him.

Turning 33 this offseason, though, Nelson has lost the speed needed to consistently separate from cornerbacks. His yards-per-catch average has plummeted from 15.5 to 13.0 to 9.1 over his last three healthy seasons.

Can he turn in a bounce-back season with a new quarterback after spending a decade with Rodgers? As we examine the market, these are the teams we expect to be most interested in answering that question.

1. Oakland Raiders: When it comes to established veterans set free in their twilight years, a signing often comes down to connections. New Raiders wide receivers coach Edgar Bennett spent the past seven years as Nelson’s position coach and then coordinator in Green Bay. With Michael Crabtree’s Oakland future up in the air, Nelson could be an option opposite offensive focal point Amari Cooper.

2. Cincinnati

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