The 2011 season saw a breakout star for the Green Bay Packers in wide receiver Jordy Nelson. After his breakout year, big things were expected out of the fifth year receiver from Kansas State. Nelson came along at just the right time as Donald Driver inched closer to retirement in 2011.
In a season that saw 15 touchdown catches, it was hard to think Nelson would be able to match his performance from last year. He averaged over 18 yards per catch and caught a career-high 68 passes for 1,263 yards. This was in a year where the Packers offense seemed unstoppable. They finished the regular season with a record of 15-1 and set multiple records as a team on offense.
This season was a different story for Nelson. He had setbacks the entire season with a groin injury that lingered throughout the entire season. He played in 12 of the team’s 16 games, but was not active for most parts of some of the other games. This is Nelson’s first time getting injured significantly since joining the Packers, which is a good sign. Nelson is a durable player and was still able to put up good numbers even with a hurt leg. He finished with 49 catches for 749 yards and seven touchdowns.
With Greg Jennings possibly leaving the team through free agency this off-season, Nelson will have to continue to have a big role with the offense playing opposite of Randall Cobb. Injuries are part of the game, so this year can be thrown away for Nelson. With a full off-season to recover, Nelson should be ready to start the 2013 season without any setbacks.
Nelson is part of the young core group of players that the Packers have on offense and is in the prime of his career. With a quarterback like Aaron Rodgers throwing him the ball, he should have plenty more productive years ahead of him.
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