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WR Jordy Nelson - Green Bay Packers

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

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17 at DET 70 0 0 0 6 6 66 0 0 6.6
18 vs NYG 16 0 0 0 3 1 13 0 0 1.3
20 at ATL 0 0 0 0 9 6 67 1 0 12.7

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 20 vs ATL (9 / 6 / 67 / 1 rec)

For a guy nursing some injured ribs, Nelson made some nice catches, though his one touchdown late in the third quarter was due to a fallen defender as much as a nice pass and a good catch. Things started out pretty well for him in the first quarter, when he was able to take advantage of some soft coverage to get wide open for a 27-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers. A few minutes later he made a nice 15-yard catch. Unfortunately he was also the target on a badly overthrown ball by Rodgers which was intercepted in the second quarter. Whether Nelson was in too much pain to run full out or Rodgers just missed, it was the second bad turnover that quarter and really put the Packers behind 24-0 when Atlanta scored two minutes later.

2016 Week 18 vs NYG (3 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Nelson had several nice catches in the first quarter, but left the game in the early second quarter when he took a helmet to the ribs. He stayed overnight in a hospital and his status for the next game is up in the air as of Monday.

2016 Week 17 vs DET (6 / 6 / 66 / 0 rec)

For Nelson, this was a pretty quiet game. With Darius Slay back in the lineup for the Lions, Nelson had a hard time getting open, though he caught every one of his targets. Slay was frequently on top of Nelson though, and rather than risk an interception, Aaron Rodgers looked elsewhere.

2016 Week 16 vs MIN (11 / 9 / 154 / 2 rec)

Nelson had a ridiculous day, continuing a tear he has been one since Week 8. Saturday saw his highest yardage total of the season, as well as the third game this year where he has scored multiple touchdowns. His nine catches were also the second highest amount this season. Nelson and Aaron Rodgers carved up the Minnesota secondary like so much Christmas ham, with Nelson consistently able to find seams in the coverage and get open for his quarterback to get him the ball. Sometimes it was just a thin seam, as when he split the defenders for a 12-yard reception late in the second quarter. Sometimes it was just outlasting the coverage, as it was when he scored his second touchdown of the game. On that play, Rodgers was under pressure and scrambled to keep the play alive. Nelson did the same, running around the back of the end zone to find an open spot. The defenders covering him faltered just briefly, but it was enough for Rodgers to deliver the ball for a touchdown. More often than not, though, Nelson seemed to be wide open. He consistently was left alone and every time he made the Vikings pay as Rodgers continually hit him for big games.

2016 Week 15 vs CHI (10 / 7 / 124 / 0 rec)

Nelson had a pretty big day, but no play was bigger than his monster 60-yard catch with 27 seconds left and the game tied. On the play, cornerback Cre'Von LeBlanc gave Nelson about a 7-10 yard cushion, and Nelson still blew by him. The Bears were in quarters coverage, and LeBlanc--an undrafted free agent out of Florida Atlantic--had to cover Nelson by himself. The corner did hint after the game he had expected safety help over the top, but also acknowledged he had been told to stay deep and clearly didn't stay deep enough. It was a lot to ask of a rookie corner, and Nelson made him pay, raising his hand the moment he broke free so Aaron Rodgers would see him and deliver a perfect ball. LeBlanc was able to recover enough to prevent a touchdown but the damage was done and the Packers kicked a game winning field goal. Overall, it was clear that the Packers have their top receiving combo intact again, with Rodgers and Nelson perfectly in sync at just the right point in the season.

2016 Week 14 vs SEA (7 / 6 / 41 / 2 rec)

It seems as though Nelson and Aaron Rodgers are back on the same page, and unlike earlier in the season Nelson caught nearly everything Rodgers threw at him, including a pair of touchdowns. Nelson also managed to draw a pass interference call as well. His two touchdowns were pretty straightforward. On the first, Nelson ran a shallow crossing route, and the linebacker in coverage slipped while Nelson ran. That gave Rodgers enough time to deliver the ball and for Nelson to get in the end zone. On the second touchdown, Nelson ran his route into the end zone, but was well covered. Rodgers had good protection, and kept looking for an open receiver. Nelson came back towards the front of the end zone, gaining just a little space from his defender, and Rodgers zipped the ball into his receiver's hands for a score.

2016 Week 13 vs HOU (10 / 8 / 118 / 1 rec)

Nelson was targeted seven times first two quarters, many of them on short routes. He seemingly found ways to get open on most of his routes, getting between defensive zones and open for his quarterback to send him passes. He also saw three passes late in the game, including a critical touchdown. The two teams were tied 7-7 in the fourth quarter and the Packers faced a 2nd and 10 on the Houston 32-yard line. The Packers offensive line game Aaron Rodgers plenty of time to throw the ball, and then the defender covering Nelson fell, leaving him wide open. He quickly got into the end zone, where Rodgers delivered an easy pass for a touchdown.

2016 Week 12 vs PHI (12 / 8 / 91 / 0 rec)

Nelson and Aaron Rodgers connected quite a bit, but Rodgers overthrew Nelson on two deep throws, one by quite a bit. The short routes are giving Nelson a lot of catches, but he's often tackled right after or during the catch--there just no room to gain extra yards. That's limiting his overall production.

2016 Week 11 vs WAS (5 / 3 / 28 / 1 rec)

It looked like Sunday night was going to be Nelson's big game. He had a touchdown pass which was knocked out of his hands but was ruled a catch after the fact despite the reality that had the play happened in the middle of the field, it would have been ruled incomplete. He was targeted four times in the first half and then only one more time--in the fourth quarter by backup Brett Hundley. This despite the fact that there were numerous times you could see Nelson open and either Rodgers looked elsewhere after he saw Nelson or never looked at his receiver at all. There have been plenty of times this season when it seems as if Rodgers won't pull the trigger on a Nelson pass, and Sunday night seemed no different. It could be that Rodgers got too focused on Jared Cook, who had a big game for the Packers. We'll have to see if defenses adjust to Cook, which might allow Nelson to get more targets.

2016 Week 10 vs TEN (18 / 12 / 126 / 1 rec)

Nelson had season highs in yards, receptions and targets, though that is admittedly a low bar this season. That said, he looked much more like his old self, despite Aaron Rodgers repeatedly throwing him bad passes early. Nelson was the one to break the scoring seal on a nice, short slant route into the end zone. Even that pass was a little off the mark, but Nelson reached out and hauled it in. Nelson also had a couple of big gains, one where he split the defenders perfectly and was wide open for a first down as well as a catch along the sideline where he reached out and snatched the ball before going out of bounds. In fairness, the Titans played much looser once they had a huge lead, and it was much easier for Nelson to find room to work. Still, Nelson looked better than he has in a long time.

2016 Week 9 vs IND (13 / 7 / 94 / 1 rec)

For Nelson, it's a good news/bad news situation. On the positive side, Nelson is getting a ton of targets and catching many of them. On the downside he is not separating on deep routes and even seems to struggle on shorter ones. His touchdown was classic Nelson-Rodgers, with Aaron Rodgers pulling the Colts defense offside with a hard count, then taking his free play and tossing a hail mary downfield. Nelson was running right to the end zone on a go route, and Rodgers put it up in the air to let Nelson make a play on the ball. He did and the Packers scored. Rodgers missed Nelson on a deep post route but Nelson didn't seem to be going full speed. Nelson fell down on an interception that was called back as well, negated because of offsetting penalties. While Nelson is still not getting consistent separation on deeper routes (and Rodgers misses him when he does), he has been doing better on short and intermediate routes, and fought very hard for first downs on several passes.

2016 Week 8 vs ATL (9 / 4 / 94 / 1 rec)

It's alive! Jordy Nelson had what was easily his most productive game of the year, though he still struggled as the game progressed. He started off with a huge 58-yard play on a beautiful Aaron Rodgers pass which dropped right into his hands without forcing him to break stride. Then Nelson ran a shallow cross in the red zone which took him into the end zone. No linebacker or safety stepped in to cover him and he was wide open for his first touchdown since Week 5. He also made an incredible catch late in the second quarter on a deep cross, where Rodgers threw behind him. Nelson reached back, juggled it a bit and hauled it in for a big game. Nelson did have a boneheaded play late in the game, as he caught a ball on a 3rd and 4, crossed the first down line but then backtracked and lost the first down. And some of the issues which have plagued him this season surfaced again, with tight coverage, an inability to gain separation and some off-target throws by Rodgers. Nelson had a better game than he has lately, but he's still struggling.

2016 Week 7 vs CHI (4 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers went to Nelson on back to back plays early in the game, the first going for 9 yards and a first down and the second just missing as Nelson couldn't keep both feet in bounds. Later in the first, Rodgers missed on a deep throw to Nelson, but his receiver drew a pass interference flag. Nelson was targeted one more time in the third (the fourth target was on a thrown away ball) but just couldn't hang onto the ball. There are times when Nelson looks good and healthy, but others where it seems clear he is not quite himself and we have no idea when he will be again.

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.


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