The Green Bay Packers offense has been known as a high-powered, explosive offense that likes to stretch the field. Head coach Mike McCarthy has great trust in quarterback Aaron Rodgers and knows that he can make any play on the field. Luckily for McCarthy and Rodgers, they have a great weapon in Jordy Nelson.
Nelson was selected by the Packers in the second round during the 2008 draft. Coming out of Kansas State, Nelson had a great upside. He has good size (6-foot-3 217-pounds) and pretty decent speed. However, the one thing that separates him from a lot of guys is his hands. Nelson is one of the best in the league when it comes to catching the football, and he does exactly what you would teach a receiver to do: reach out and catch the ball with your hands, not your body.
In 2011, Nelson had his breakout season for the Packers. He finished with 68 receptions for 1,263 yards and an astounding 15 touchdowns. He has become one of Rodgers’ most reliable receivers, and this season has been no different.
The Packers have had a plethora of injuries to key receivers, and you would expect Nelson to receive double coverage every game. You would also expect him to struggle. However, this has not happened.
This past week against the Minnesota Vikings, Nelson finished with seven receptions for 123 yards and two touchdowns. He has been explosive all season long and has made acrobatic catches all over the field. He is beginning to be known around the league as a guy who makes the best sideline catches.
Statistically, Nelson is making a case as the NFL‘s best receiver. So far this season, he has 39 receptions for 649 yards and seven touchdowns at the season’s halfway point. He ranks 7th in the league in yards and is tied for 3rd in the league in touchdowns.
Nelson has been impressive all season long, and I look for him to continue his success as the season progresses and the Packers get healthier.