Oregon adds yet another playmaker

With the Ducks shifting one of their many talented athletes in Charles Nelson to offense, Wes Huber examines the impact.

| 2 years ago
Charles Nelson

Oregon adds yet another playmaker

While the Oregon Ducks coaching staff awaits news on whether transfer QB Vernon Adams Jr. will be able to join the team this season, it was announced that WR/CB/RB/KR Charles Nelson will be focusing 100 percent of his efforts on offense this season. The result of transferring the talented playmaker to that side of the ball could have far-reaching implications for a team trying to overcome the loss of Heisman QB Marcus Mariota.

What can we expect from the sophomore in 2015? He had a smaller workload in 2014, but he had a significant impact on a per-snap basis. Had he played enough snaps to qualify, his yards per route run (2.46) and wide receiver rating (138.1) would have placed him within the nation’s top-30 and top-five returning players, respectively.

With an expected increase in touches and the unknown status of suspended star WR Darren Carrington, Nelson will combine with dynamic slot receiver Byron Marshall and mammoth split end Dwayne Stanford to give Oregon an imposing collection of weapons. The offense recently lost backup running back Thomas Tyner to shoulder surgery, but there should be a talented-enough supporting cast around Adams or Jeff Lockie for the Ducks to again be a top contender in the Pac-12.

| Analyst

Wes is an analyst and fantasy correspondent at Pro Football Focus. He's been with the company since 2014, and his work has been featured on DraftKings Playbook and FantasyPros.

  • http://davidbartels.blogspot.com/ David Bartels

    Hearing good things about Bralon Addison too. Love the weapons but hard to know who to trust in a given week.