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WR Jordy Nelson - Green Bay Packers

6-2, 217Born: 5-31-1985College: Kansas StateDrafted: Round 2

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Week 7: vs Chicago Bears

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. This is one of the storied rivalries of the NFC, so look for a spirited battle between these NFC North teams on Thursday. The Packers' passing game got close to 300 yards last weekend, with 31/42 for 294 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown by Aaron Rodgers, and one sack taken for zero yards. Ty Montgomery, in a hybrid RB/WR role, handled 12 targets and led the team in receiving with 10/98/0, followed by Randall Cobb (11 targets for 7/53/1 receiving) and Jordy Nelson (seven for 5/68/0). Davante Adamas handled three targets for 2/34/0 but exited the game with what turned out to be a concussion. He didn't practice on Tuesday and with a short week to get ready for this Thursday Night game, it would be a surprise to see Adams playing this week. The Bears' secondary took some injury attrition, too, last weekend - cornerback Deiondre' Hall (ankle) was spotted with his right ankle in a cast following a Week Six loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. He is considered week-to-week after it was revealed he did not suffer a fracture and will not require surgery. Cornerback Tracy Porter emerged from the game with a knee injury and both he and Hall missed the team practice on Tuesday for the upcoming Thursday game. Last week in the game, Chicago gave up 20/33 for 263 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown to Blake Bortles and company (with two sacks for -8 yards). Two weeks ago Andrew Luck threw 28/39 for 298 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with five sacks taken for -24 yards while facing Chicago. They are not a shut-down secondary, as you can see - right now, the Bears average 233.5 net passing yards allowed per game (10th in the NFL) but they have been far beyond that mark in recent weeks. From Week Four to Week Six of the 2016 season (over the last three weeks), Chicago has averaged 17.5 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (seventh-least in the NFL); and 24.2 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (14th-most); with 6.3 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (13th-least). This is a mediocre pass defense as of Week Seven. This looks like a good matchup for the home-team Packers. Also, Lacy is banged up (he might not play) and the rushing matchup isn't great, so the Packers' offense will likely lean on Rodgers' passing arm in this one.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 vs DET 49 0 0 0 7 6 101 2 0 22.1
5 vs NYG 72 0 0 0 13 4 38 1 0 9.8
6 vs DAL 64 0 0 0 7 5 68 0 1 5.8
7 vs CHI PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 5 * * * *
7 vs CHI PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 5 * * * *
7 vs CHI PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 6 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 6 vs DAL (7 / 5 / 68 / 0 rec)

The biggest play for Nelson was an ignominious one, as he made a nice grab downfield, and then coughed the ball up when he was hit, the first of several turnovers by the Packers offense on the day. Most of Nelson's damage came when the game was practically over and the Cowboys were just sitting back and giving the Packers yards. Unlike his previous games, Nelson failed to score a touchdown and was not even targeted in the red zone. Much of Nelson's issues came at the hands of his quarterback, who routinely threw too short, too long, too high, too low or too far to the side for Nelson to catch.

2016 Week 5 vs NYG (13 / 4 / 38 / 1 rec)

Nelson had a rough game, unable to haul in more than a fraction of his targets, struggling to create separation and generally not seeming to be on the same page as quarterback Aaron Rodgers. On the positive side, he made a really nice grab on a pass for a touchdown in the first quarter. On the play, Nelson forced the defender inside, and then drifted to the sideline of the end zone. Rodgers zipped a pass in and Nelson dove to catch it for the score. On the downside, Nelson was the cause of Rodgers' first interception as he crossed the field and was wide open, but couldn't haul in the pass. Instead it popped up and was easily picked off by the Giants. He also had several drops. It was not one of Nelson's better days. Neslon has scored in every game this season but is not consistently getting the yards we're used to seeing.

2016 Week 3 vs DET (7 / 6 / 101 / 2 rec)

While Jordy Nelson and Aaron Rodgers weren't perfect, that's just because the bar is so high. They still hooked up on nearly every attempt though, and two of the times were for touchdowns. After two weeks of shaky play, Rodgers and Nelson looked like what we were looking for, the tough duo that is hard to stop. The first time the two connected was late in the first quarter, when Nelson ran a bit of a crossing route which split the defenders up so that he was in the middle of open field between defenders. Rodgers hit him with a perfect pass and Nelson turned upfield and added about 25 yards after the catch. The two hooked up for the first of their two touchdowns a short time later. The Packers lined up with five wide receivers and Nelson was the inside receiver (often a running back and termed the "A" receiver) on the right side. Nelson's initial route was a simple hitch into the end zone, where he was double covered by the Lions. However, pressure forced Rodgers out of the pocket and both defenders moved up to go after the quarterback. Nelson drifted towards the middle of the field and waved to let his quarterback know he was wide open. Rodgers saw him and delivered the pass for the score. Their second connection was old-school Rodgers-Nelson, with Nelson just blowing by the defender and Rodgers laying it out in front of his receiver where nobody else can get the ball. The two were finally on the same page, something Packers fans have to be happy about.

2016 Week 2 vs MIN (11 / 5 / 73 / 1 rec)

It took three passes for the combination of Jordy Nelson and Aaron Rodgers to connect, but when they did it was for the sole passing touchdown of the day. The scoring play was on a simple out route by Nelson, where he faked inside, lost cornerback Trae Waynes, and was wide open when he went outside. Nelson also made a very nice grab over Waynes' arms when the corner was just a bit slow grabbing for the ball. While he got the best of Waynes on those two plays, both guys seemed to be evenly matched, and Nelson never really broke free of the cornerback's range. That certainly seemed to impact Nelson and Rodgers' ability to sync up, something which was an issue last week as well. Next week brings the mediocre secondary of the Lions, so we will see if this is a long term issue or just the quality of the opponents and the long layoff for Nelson.

2016 Week 1 vs JAX (9 / 6 / 32 / 1 rec)

Nelson and Aaron Rodgers eventually got back into rhythm on Sunday, but it took longer than expected and Nelson had zero first quarter targets. There were other shaky moments later in the game as Nelson at one point seemed to fail to come back to Rodgers on a route where the quarterback seemed to expect him to. However, the touchdown the two connected on was everything Rodgers missed last season. On the play, Rodgers was forced to scramble and Nelson stayed with the play, mirroring his quarterback as Rodgers moved to the right. Rodgers threaded the needle to his receiver and Nelson made a nice catch along the back of the end zone. While it might take a little while longer, it's clear that it is only a matter of time that Nelson and Rodgers are completely synced up again. The best news is he looks 100 percent healthy and showed no ill-effects from last season's injury and subsequent recovery.


Latest News

Packers | Jordy Nelson limited to one catch (Fri Oct 21, 12:38 AM) - Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson finished with one catch for nine yards on four targets in Week 7 against the Chicago Bears.

Our View: Nelson isn't getting great separation and he was relying on touchdowns to buoy his value going into Week 7. He should still get scoring chances, but Nelson isn't sudden off of the line and he might not get many looks from Rodgers as the Packers march down the field. Play him next week against Atlanta, but if it doesn't happen in Week 8, it's time to worry.
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Packers | Jordy Nelson quiet in loss (Mon Oct 17, 01:59 AM) - Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson racked up five receptions for 66 yards in the Week 6 game against the Dallas Cowboys. He was targeted seven times.

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