I was able to participate in the conference call new Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jordy Nelson had with local media members on Thursday.
I found Nelson to be bright, well spoken and wiling to open up. The following are some key quotes:
On whether he thought he’d take more trips than just going to Oakland: “The plan was to make some other trips, but you never know what’s going to happen. You get to place and you enjoy it and they enjoy it. Obviously, there’s a financial part of that. One thing I didn’t want to do is fly around the country just because. I didn’t want to waste my time or anyone else’s time because I mean when I got here I saw all the time and work that they put in. I know all the other organizations were going to do the same thing. There’s a lot of jobs on the line. There’s a lot of guys hitting the free agent market and they’re trying to organization things, so it’s not fair for me to just fly around just for fun just to see different areas. Once we got in here, enjoyed the fit. Obviously, the financial part was whatever they were going to do on that end. As a player, I don’t think you get involved in that too much. You have to figure out if the fit is right for you. Like I said knowing some of the coaches, knowing a little bit about Derek, understanding the offense is something very similar. Different terminology, but similar to what I had in Green Bay. I think will just allow this transition to be that much smoother and that’s what we need right now. We’re going to be on a tight window to be ready to go for offseason and into the season. Right now on a two-year deal, I need to go in, get going and make the most of it.”
On his Bay Area tour guide: “He was in the car when I got off the plane at the airport. Which was great. He told me they gave him my number earlier, but he was like, ‘I wasn’t going to text you and add to the flood of text messages coming in.’ He was like, ‘If you come into town, I’ll meet up with you.’ So he did. We spent pretty much the whole day together. In the building here. He was the one who drove me around some of the area. I was actually about to meet his wife and two boys. Get a feel for the area and obviously a feel for him. I knew a lot about him from James Jones who played here and Davante Adams who he played with at Fresno State. I knew a lot about him before I even came out here. It was great to get to know him a little bit more. I think it’s a great fit to be with him for the next couple of years.”
Is he going try to buy No. 87 from tight end Jared Cook, who played with him in Green Bay in 2016: “I don’t know. I have Cook’s number in my phone, so I have to give him a call. But we’ll see. If he charges $1 for it, I don’t think I’ll pay. I’m a pretty cheap guy. I’ll have to work on my negotiating skills and see what we can do and what not. We’ll see. I haven’t looked at any of that. Never even thought about that coming in to this team or any other team that I was possibly going to go to. So, I’m not a big guy to worry about that stuff. I’ll figure out some number and we’ll go play football.”
On Carr and Aaron Rogers comparisons: “Definitely unfair right now. I haven’t even caught a ball from Derek yet. I think that’s something that I’ll obviously get to experience here in the next coming months. I have heard that and most likely I’m going to stay away from the comparison because I don’t think that’s fair to either one of them. For what Aaron has accomplished in this league is second to none pretty much. The way he performs day in and day out. I’m sure Derek is more welcoming that challenge to be that good for that long. There’s no reason to put that on him as well. Guys are going to be their own self. I look forward to seeing how he plays. I think that a lot of it could just be the demeanor on the field, the throws they can make and stuff like that. That’ll be something that’ll be a wait and see game for me and we’ll go from there.”