The Oakland Raiders signed free agent safety Reggie Nelson in the offseason hoping that he could come in and be a key contributor with veteran safety Charles Woodson deciding to hang up the cleats for a career in television.
Instead, Nelson has been absent all offseason after signing his two-year deal. Instead, the 2015 Pro Bowler has been absent as his teammates go through workouts all offseason including during Offseason Training Activities and the mandatory mini-camp. Head coach Jack Del Rio has made a point of not talking about injuries, just noting that they'll be on the field when they're ready.
Nelson talked to the media on Thursday for the first time since signing his deal, and says he's ready to hit the field, and has been ready.
"I've been 100 percent," he said. "Y'all just haven't seen me."
The Raiders take the field for their first practice Friday morning, and it still remains to be seen if the veteran safety will be on the field. Nelson says it's still up to the coach if he'll be out on the field when camp starts.
"I'm ready," Nelson said. "If coach wants me full-go, I'm full-go."
Though it's never good for a player to miss time, Nelson has been in the league for 10 years and doesn't expect it to be a setback.
"I kind of know what to expect, it's been 10 years [I've been in the league]... I don't think it's going to set me back. Camp is camp," Nelson said after checking in.
Nelson has appeared in team photos with the quarterbacks during their pre-camp workouts, so it's been expected he will be back when the team takes the field Friday morning. Stay tuned for the latest involving the Raiders veteran safety.