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WR Jordy Nelson - Green Bay Packers

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

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Jordy Nelson is dealing with tendinitis in his knee, and opened camp on the PUP list. There are no indications that this will be a long-term injury, but this bears watching.


If there was any question as to Jordy Nelson's value to the Packers offense, they were answered definitively in 2015. His injury (torn ACL) changed the dynamic of the Packers wide receiver corps, shifting Randall Cobb and Davante Adams into #1 and #2 options, respectively. That shift turned out to be too much for both players, with Cobb receiving extra attention from opposing secondaries and Adams facing off against starting caliber cornerbacks. Prior to missing the 2015 season, Nelson was coming off a 98 catch, 1,519 yard and 13 touchdown campaign in 2014. He had proven himself to be a complete receiver capable of taking the top off a defense downfield, while also working the sidelines on short and intermediate routes. He is one of the better red zone threats in the league today, having totaled 36 touchdowns in his last three complete seasons. With Aaron Rodgers throwing him the ball, Nelson remains a safe fantasy option with upside to boot, the only question is how he will respond to his surgically repaired knee. Things didn't get off to a good start on the injury front as Nelson is currently on the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list, with a minor injury to his left knee. This is not the knee that forced him to miss all of last season. The injury is not believed to cost him any regular season games, but there is also no current timetable for his return. (August 13th) Update: Nelson continues to downplay the injury to his left knee, and says that he will be ready for the start of the season. (August 13)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft - 9, 4, 8, 8, 8, 8, 9, 9, 9, 10, 10, 10, 11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 21
Overall Redraft - 17, 7, 13, 14, 14, 16, 16, 16, 19, 20, 20, 20, 21, 24, 25, 31, 36
WR Redraft PPR - 9, 5, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 9, 9, 9, 10, 10, 11, 11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 16
Overall Redraft PPR - 15, 8, 13, 14, 15, 16, 16, 16, 16, 17, 17, 18, 18, 18, 20, 22, 24, 27
WR Dynasty - 24, 16, 28, 34
Overall Dynasty - 28, 20, 43

Stats and Projections

2013 GB 16 0 0 0 127 85 1314 8
2014 GB 16 0 0 0 151 98 1519 13
2016 PROJ-Dodds 15 0 * * 82 * * *
2016 PROJ-Henry 16 0 * * 86 * * *
2016 PROJ-Wood 15 0 * * 88 * * *
2016 PROJ-Tremblay 16 0 * * 84 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 17
WR: 8
Overall-PPR: 17

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Latest News

Packers | Jordy Nelson remains on limited duty (Tue Aug 23, 09:57 PM) - Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson worked with QB Aaron Rodgers in practice Tuesday, Aug. 23, but Nelson was once again held out of competitive, 11-on-11 periods. He might not play in any preseason games, and he and Rodgers might only have a handful of practices together before the Week 1 opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, Rodgers believes it will be enough. 'Because I know exactly where he's going to be,' Rodgers said. 'That's the beauty of us playing together for a long time.'

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Packers | No brace for Jordy Nelson (Mon Aug 22, 06:27 PM) - Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (knee) was not wearing a brace on his surgically repaired knee during practice Monday, Aug. 22.

Our View: We're not sure how much Nelson will play in the preseason, but we're not counting on him to play a lot of snaps -- if any. However, things appear to be on track for Week 1. This gives us a lot of confidence in Nelson, QB Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the Packers passing game.
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Packers | Jordy Nelson to do drills (Mon Aug 22, 12:35 PM) - Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (knee) will do individual drills Monday, Aug. 22.

Our View: A good sign for the veteran receiver. Nelson was activated off the PUP list just last week, but don't expect to see him in a preseason game. We feel without setbacks, Nelson will be close to full strength by the start of the regular season.
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Packers | Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson to do work (Sat Aug 20, 02:24 PM) - Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and WR Jordy Nelson (knee) will work one-on-one as much as they can in practice Monday, Aug. 22, according to head coach Mike McCarthy. It will be Nelson's first practice of the offseason and he will be limited to individual drills. It is still unclear whether or not Nelson will play this preseason.

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Packers | Jordy Nelson does warm-ups in full pads (Thu Aug 18, 08:39 PM) - Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (knee) went through pregame warm-ups in full pads prior to the team's preseason contest Thursday, August 18, versus the Oakland Raiders. He participated in individual position drills, even receiving passes against defensive backs. It was his first time wearing pads on a football field since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the second preseason game last year.

Our View: We won't see him on the field much, if at all, but this is a positive step towards a return to action. We imagine we'll see him next week in the dress rehearsal. He's a borderline WR1/WR2 depending on how you feel about his return. His upside is exceptional though, so either way you should be happy and we expect him to be healthy this year.
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