The plan is ultimately what sold him, and Matt Nelson sure is glad it did.

Nelson played 46 snaps at right tackle Sunday in the Detroit Lions’ 34-16 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, completing a position change and body transformation that was 18 months in the making.

Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Iowa last spring, Nelson had never played offensive line until coming to Detroit.

“Essentially it was like, ‘OK, this is my best opportunity at me playing football for a long time,’” Nelson said Thursday. “And after talking with family, my agent and everything like that, it was like, ‘OK, they’ve got a plan for you. They’re really willing to invest in you. I think we should do it.’ And I think it’s worked out great so far.”

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