Former Viera Hawk, Current New England Patriots WR Tre Nixon ‘Turning Heads’ at NFL Minicamp
By Space Coast Daily // June 12, 2022
selected in the 7th round of the 2021 nfl draft
WR Tre Nixon (7th round, 2021) made a top play at practice — catching a dime from Mac Jones on a deep over route (tight coverage from Jonathan Jones).
Nixon said it was a shot play, he knew his number was called, and was excited at the line.
As for the throw from Mac… pic.twitter.com/b14zJoVT1R
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) June 7, 2022
(PATRIOTS.COM) – With Kendrick Bourne missing from Tuesday’s minicamp practice and Jakobi Meyers appearing to be limited, second-year receiver Tre Nixon jumped into the offensive mix and showed up with one of the best plays of the day, hauling in a perfect downfield pass from Mac Jones over the tight coverage of Jonathan Jones.
After the acquisitions of DeVante Parker and Tyquan Thornton this offseason, Nixon might’ve been somewhat of an afterthought coming into 2022, but as Tuesday’s practice showed, you never know who will take advantage of their opportunities and emerge to make an impact for the team this year.
“If I can make an impact and help the team out you know I’m gonna do it so it’s a great, great feeling,” said Nixon after practice.
“I would say everything’s just starting to slow down a little bit. You know, I still got a lot to learn, and I’m still trying to find my role in this offense but just compared to last year, just a little bit, [things are] slowing down. I got my routine now, I know how to really take care of myself off the field, but as I said, I got a lot of learning, a long way to go”
Nixon smiled when asked about the big play during the session, but it was just one of a handful of other consistent catches that the receiver made throughout the session.
“It was just one of them plays where you know it’s a short play, where you know your numbers called so you get a little excited coming to the line of scrimmage.”
“As I said, wherever I can just, make a play for the team, bring some energy to the offense, you know, I’m willing to do it,” said Nixon, adding the throw from Mac.”
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The Patriots selected former Viera Hawk and UCF Knight wide receiver Tre Nixon in the 7th round with the 242nd overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
In 2020, Nixon caught 19 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns despite an injury early on in the season that hampered is final season with the UCF Knights.
Nixon has been known for his big downfield threat and has great acceleration and speed that translates well for the NFL. Experts see Nixon potentially fitting in as an NFL slot wide receiver.
At 6-feet-2-inches tall and weighing in at 180-pounds, he also has size to go along with his speed.
According to NFL Draft analyst site Walter Football, Nixon was ranked as the 25th-best receiver in the class, which is widely considered to be one of the deepest receiver classes in recent memory.
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Nixon was also UCF’s second-leading receiver in 2019 with 49 catches for 830 yards and seven touchdowns.
He was an honorable mention all-conference selection, he had 15 receptions of 20 or more yards – the third-most plays of 20+ yards by any player on the team.
Nixon started all 26 games at wide receiver during his tenure as a Knight, having caught 40 passes for 562 yards and four touchdowns in 2018.
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Prior to attending UCF, Nixon spent two seasons at the University of Mississippi and saw action in 10 games during the 2017 season after being Redshirted in 2016.
At Viera high, Nixon caught 79 passes for 1,243 yards and 18 touchdowns – both school records – in his senior year in 2015. Other honors during his stellar prep career included:
• Finished fourth in the voting for Florida’s Mr. Football award
• Florida Dairy Farmers 7A Player of the Year
• Named first-team All-State by the Associated Press and USA Today
• Led Viera to its first two district titles and the 2015 Class 7A state finals
• Had 36 catches for 905 yards and 12 TDs as a junior and 30 catches for 636 yards and six TDs as a sophomore
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