Jordy Nelson 2013 Green Bay Packers Evaluation and Report Card

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1) Introduction:  Remember during the offseason when everyone called the Packers soft and demanded more toughness? People were mostly talking about the defense. Nobody expected a wide receiver to raise the Packers’ level of toughness, but Jordy Nelson did just that.

Jordy Nelson

2) Profile:

Jordy Nelson

  • Age: 28
  • Born: 5/31/1985 in Manhattan, KS
  • Height: 6’3″
  • Weight: 215
  • College: Kansas St.
  • Rookie Year: 2008
  • NFL Experience: 6 years

Career Stats and more

3) Expectations coming into the season:  Bounce back. Nelson spent a good portion of the 2012 season banged up and his numbers nose-dived from his amazing 2011 campaign. He needed to stay healthy this season and return to being one of the more underrated receivers in the NFL.

4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Whenever Aaron Rodgers was in trouble, he’d launch an impossible-looking pass toward Nelson on the sideline. Nelson would somehow catch it and get both feet down with a defender or two draped all over him. Any time that happened, it was a highlight. His 22 catches for 20 yards or more was also nice. If you’re looking for a low-light, Nelson “only” had eight touchdowns. Given the Packers struggles in the red zone, it would’ve been nice to see Nelson come down with a few more scores.

5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success:  Nelson made the Packers tougher. I know you don’t think of receivers making a football team tougher, but Nelson did. He had knee surgery on Aug. 5, yet never missed a game. He took shots and held onto the ball. He made catches with defenders all over him. He pulled out the Jordy stiff arm every now and then. He was a chore for defenders to bring down on hitch routes. He didn’t quite have the success over-the-top that we got used to in 2011, but he improved in just about every other area.

6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: It was a strange game on offense for the Packers against the 49ers in the playoffs. Rodgers looked tentative early and the Packers never really got rolling. Nelson caught seven passes, but only for 62 yards. It was a good, not great, playoff game for No. 87.

Season Report Card:

(A) Level of expectations met during the season

(A) Contributions to team’s overall success.

(B) Contributions to team during the playoffs

Overall Grade:  A

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  • Tarynfor12

    What else can we say but…

    JORDY….JORDY…..JORDY!!!!!!

  • Mojo

    One of the best five players on this team. Both he and Jones have made some spectacular catches the last few years. Good size and more than enough speed.

    Too many players on the roster have either plateaued or regressed over the years – but Jordy’s not one of them.

  • Since ’61

    As I have said in previous posts, the offense is the strength of our team. Jody is one of the reasons why. The sooner that we get Jody signed to a contract extension or a new contract the better. He is AR’s favorite target and has been a great player for the Packers. One of a few players on the team truly deserving an A. Thanks, Since ’61

  • Razer

    What’s not to like. He is visible and productive game-in, game-out. I would like to see a speed WR added to our current mix and give Jordy that much more room to work.

  • Big T

    Aaron will not let Jordy go. I believe he already told TT that he will get a kick to the ding ding if he let Jordy go.

  • http://jersyal.com tim

    Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Sam Shields, and Brian Bulaga all take precedent over James Jones. Maybe more guys like EDS, Starks a FA tight end or a safety and Pickett as well. I like James Jones, but not sure they’ll have enough $$$$ for him.

  • http://jersyal.com tim

    …..and I think boykins is turning into the same guy as James Jones.

  • GBPDAN

    Oh lordy, it’s Jordy! I yell that at least 3-5 times a game. The guy is amazing

    • Steve Cheez

      My most common yell is “throw it to the white guy”, followed closely by “throw it to turtleneck”

  • GBPDAN

    Keeping Nelson and Cobb seem like no brainers. This is why I think this report of the Packers spending heavy in FA this year is rubbish. We have 30M. 5M for rookies, 7-8M for Shields. The Pack will also keep a couple of their other FAs, maybe EDS, Picket or Jolly, which will eat up another 6-7M, we also need to sign Flynn 2-3M?. This adds up to approx 21-23M. That leaves 7-9M to carry over to sign nelson and Cobb. It looks to me that Raji, Finley, Starks, Jones and others will be released. We may be able to sign 1 low to mid level FA.

    • Dobber

      Would not be surprised to see Flynn let go and Tolzien developed as the backup.

      • Shavager

        I think that’s a mistake, Tolzien has not show anything to prove he can win. McCarthy has expressed desire to keep Flynn because he knows the system so well and has outperformed any other QB NOT named Favre or Rodgers in McCarthy’s system. McCarthy actually prefers to have 4 QB’s for this year’s camp, including Flynn, Tolzien and a pick.

    • Shavager

      Saw on another site that the cap limit will actually be a little higher and Packers could have $32 MILLION available. It would make it easier to keep some team FA’s as well as take a look at some outside FA’s to fit some holes.

  • Pete Kliman

    I remember when he was drafted high as an unknown,I thought TT was crazy because we had other pressing needs.

  • funcrusher

    I realize this will never happen, but does anyone else think the Packers should try to trade Jordy to the Browns for Josh Gordon?

    Reports during the season, had the Browns asking for a second round pick in return for Gordon. They don’t seem to like him much because of his off the field issues, yet they still need playmakers for whichever quarterback they pursue in the offseason. This way, they’d get a star receiver without the issues. I’m sure they’re far enough under the cap to give Jordy an extension without any issues.

    In return, the Packers would get an unbelievably talented receiver and wouldn’t have to dole out a huge contract extension this season.

    Again, I realize it’ll never happen, but it’s just a thought.

    • Shavager

      WHY would you want to trade Jordy for Gordon? Gordon won’t fit into this clubhouse and doesn’t fit the Packers idea of “team” player. WHY trade a stalwart performer on your offense for a ‘problem’ player from theirs? IF JJones walks and an opportunity opened to get Gordon, that’s one issue, giving up arguably the team’s #1 WR to get’im is a mistake.