David Nelson was home in Texas and getting ready to head to a baseball game Monday night, when his agent called.
Forget the Texas Rangers-Tampa Bay Rays wild-card tiebreaker, he told the wide receiver.
''You should probably watch the football game,'' Nelson recalled him saying. ''Because you're going to be playing next Monday night.''
The New York Jets signed Nelson on Wednesday, and the former Buffalo Bills wide receiver could make an immediate impact on a banged-up receiving corps. Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill could both be sidelined for the Jets' game against the Falcons at Atlanta on Monday night, so Nelson might need to be ready to play despite just getting to his new team.
''I'm confident that I can, when it comes to Monday,'' Nelson said, ''I'll know where to be and when to be there.''
Holmes tweaked a hamstring at Tennessee last Sunday and is expected to miss a few games. Hill suffered a concussion, and his status was uncertain.
''I think David is going to be a big...