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WR Jordy Nelson - Green Bay Packers

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 16): Brett Hundley showed good timing and ball placement on backshoulder throws, but there's no doubt that Nelson's value is down without Aaron Rodgers in the lineup.

Week 7: vs New Orleans Saints

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. As one of the headline stories of this past week, the Packers have lost Aaron Rodgers for the season with a broken collarbone. This is obviously a massive blow to the Packers passing offense. Brett Hundley will take over as the starter going forward for the Packers. Coming into last week's game, Hundley had only attempted 10 passes in his career, completing two of them for 17 yards and one interception. He has been purely backup since entering the league in 2015, so there is a significant experience gap that the Packers will have to deal with. Hundley looked awful in his relief appearance last week, completing only 18 of 33 pass attempts for 157 yards and one touchdown with three interceptions. His one touchdown pass went to Davante Adams, who tied with Jordy Nelson with a team-leading 10 targets. Nelson finished with 60 yards on six receptions. All Packers receivers are likely to see a big downgrade in production with Hundley throwing the ball. Guys like Randall Cobb or Geronimo Allison may see a big drop in snaps as the Packers are more likely to limit themselves to two-receiver sets and add a tight end for extra security. The Saints defense has been on fire over their last two games, amassing nine sacks, forcing six turnovers, and scoring three defensive touchdowns. Cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore and Ken Crawley have looked very impressive this season, while the Saints pass rush have come on strong in the last two weeks. The Packers injury-riddled offensive line has allowed league-leading 23 sacks. With their top three starting lineman all suffered injuries last week, now is not the time for a raw quarterback such as Brett Hundley to face what looks like a surging Saints defense. However, let's keep in mind that this Saints defense did allow 38 points to the Lions last week in what was almost a historic comeback/meltdown. This secondary as a whole has still allowed the league's fifth most passing yards per game and the sixth most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. While they have had some very impressive individual contributors, they have also had some glaring holes, such as slot cornerback Kenny Vaccaro. If Randall Cobb can get some decent snaps this week, he may have a chance at exploiting this matchup.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 vs CIN 67 0 0 0 9 6 52 2 0 17.2
4 vs CHI 51 0 0 0 7 4 75 2 0 19.5
5 at DAL 49 0 0 0 4 2 24 1 0 8.4
6 at MIN 61 0 0 0 10 6 60 0 0 6
7 vs NO PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 5 * * * *
7 vs NO PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 5 * * * *
7 vs NO PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 6 vs MIN (10 / 6 / 60 / 0 rec)

Not having Aaron Rodgers clearly hobbled Nelson, who saw a fair amount of targets but only about half of them were truly good. It was very clear that he and Brett Hundley lacked the chemistry Nelson has with Rodgers, which is to be expected and could improve with a week of practice.

2017 Week 5 vs DAL (4 / 2 / 24 / 1 rec)

Nelson had a really nice catch over the middle for a touchdown as he somehow was left uncovered, but the most notable moment was one he wasn't involved in at all--the Packers game-winning drive. Nelson was not on the field for it, and while the Packers didn't mention an injury after the game, there had to be something going on. Michael Silver of the NFL Network mentioned a hamstring injury, but until we see some confirmation, his absence is a mystery.

2017 Week 4 vs CHI (7 / 4 / 75 / 2 rec)

Nelson had a good night but two drops kept it from being a great one. He did score a pair of touchdowns, the first on a quick out which Nelson turned into a short touchdown and the second a wide open score in the corner of the end zone when the cornerback got sucked into the interior, leaving Nelson uncovered. His best play was on a 58-yard catch and run which he took to the 2-yard line. On the play, Aaron Rodgers faked the handoff to running back Aaron Jones, then scrambled away from pressure, heading up towards the line of scrimmage before hitting Nelson 45-yard throw. Nelson was well covered but planted his body between the defenders and the ball. When he caught it, both Bears defenders whiffed on the tackle, and Nelson turned towards the end zone and ran to the 2-yard line before being knocked out of bounds.

2017 Week 3 vs CIN (9 / 6 / 52 / 2 rec)

Like most of the rest of the offense, Nelson was unable to get much done, and saw few opportunities with his quarterback running for his life. The second half was a different story, as Nelson and Aaron Rodgers really got going, hooking up for a pair of touchdowns. The first saw Rodgers bait the defender into leaving Nelson all alone on a simple slant into the end zone and the second Nelson did a nice job of catching a screen just a yard into the end zone. Nelson was also the target on Rodgers' pick six. On that play, Rodgers normally would have thrown the ball with either more force or more towards the sideline where only Nelson could get it. However he threw it shallow and defensive back Williams Jackson stepped in front of the ball before Nelson could react, taking it all the way for a touchdown.

2017 Week 1 vs SEA (8 / 7 / 79 / 1 rec)

While Nelson didn't see as many targets as Randall Cobb, he made the most critical one. His touchdown came near the end of the third quarter when Aaron Rodgers, as Aaron Rodgers does, saw the Seahawks had too many men on the field and sent Nelson on a seam route downfield. Nelson got open, made the catch and stretched the Packers' lead to eight points, which turned out to be insurmountable.


Latest News

Packers | Jordy Nelson posts six receptions (Sun Oct 15, 06:58 PM) - Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson hauled in six receptions for 60 yards on 10 targets in Week 6 against the Minnesota Vikings.

Our View: Nelson salvaged okay numbers in this one, but he's not a deep ball receiver any more, and the Packers offense won't set up the copious red zone opportunities that had fueled his fantasy value last year and through Week 6. He's just a middling WR2/WR3 against the Saints next week.
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Packers | Week 6 injury report for Packers (Fri Oct 13, 05:59 PM) - Green Bay Packers LB Joe X. Thomas (ankle) and SS Morgan Burnett (hamstring) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 13, and have been ruled out for Week 6. LB Ahmad Brooks (back) and CB Kevin King (concussion) did not practice and are listed as doubtful. OT David Bakhtiari (hamstring), OT Bryan Bulaga (ankle) and CB Davon House (quadriceps) were limited during practice and are listed as questionable. RB Ty Montgomery (ribs) fully participated in practice but is listed as questionable. WR Jordy Nelson (back) and LB Nick Perry (hand) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

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Packers | Jordy Nelson will be in uniform (Fri Oct 13, 05:48 PM) - Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (back) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 13, and is not on the injury report for Week 6.

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Packers | Jordy Nelson takes part in practice (Thu Oct 12, 06:27 PM) - Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (back) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 12.

Our View: Jordy Nelson's back is back! The Vikings can be a tough matchup, but Aaron Rodgers loves him some Nelson, and the receiver has scored five times in the last three games. We think he's a very good WR2 who you can start as a fringe WR1 if you have need.
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Packers | Jordy Nelson goes through full practice (Wed Oct 11, 05:20 PM) - Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (back) was listed as a full participant in practice Wednesday, Oct. 11.

Our View: Nelson is on track to play against the Vikings if he practiced fully on Wednesday. He was absent from the final drive in Week 5 due to an apparent hamstring injury.
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