2. Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings have one of the top wide receiver duos in the league, in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. But Laquon Treadwell had only 35 catches for 502 yards and one touchdown as the No. 3 wide receiver last season.
Even if head coach Mike Zimmer said new offensive assistant Gary Kubiak has “big plans” for the former first-round pick, it’s hard to see those plans bearing fruit.
Kirk Cousins had his best year with the Washington Redskins when he was surrounded by multiple good options.
He’s not discerning when it comes to throwing the ball where coverage dictates, for better or worse, and Treadwell failed to capitalize on the attention Thielen and Diggs get from opposing secondaries.
A move to add someone like Golden Tate in free agency would have been justified, but the Vikings just haven’t done much to clear cap space at this point.
If nothing else, Nelson is a reliable target with the size to be a red zone threat. He also increased his yards per catch average last year, to 11.7 from a career-low 9.1 in 2017. Against an opposing team’s third cornerback on a regular basis, he could produce nicely.
And from Minnesota’s end, he should come cheaply.