WR Jordy Nelson - Free Agent
|6-2, 217||Born: 5-31-1985||College: Kansas State||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2008|
2018 Week 1 vs LAR (4 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
While Amari Cooper's quiet game will get most of the attention, Nelson was also a non-factor with just four targets. All of them came on short passes. While Nelson looked fairly spry, it was clear that the Raiders were mostly content to ignore the wide receivers and avoid the coverage of Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib.
2018 Week 2 vs DEN (4 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)
It was a second-straight quiet game for Nelson. He is playing plenty of snaps and remains entrenched as the #2 wide receiver but hasn't been a big part of the game plans yet. Nelson went low near the sideline to grab a 23-yard reception on the Raiders first pass of the game. He made a leaping catch on a poorly thrown screen pass from Carr that went for a short gain. Nelson was targeted in the end zone but the play was well covered and Carr played it safe by throwing it high and out of everyone's reach.
2018 Week 3 vs MIA (8 / 6 / 173 / 1 rec)
Nelson did almost all of his considerable damage on the day in the first six minutes, with three catches for 139 yards and a touchdown by the 9-minute mark of the first quarter. The second play of the game, he caught a slant over the middle and broke free for a 61-yard catch and run, showing nice speed down the sideline. Two plays later, he caught a 12-yard touchdown pass on a broken coverage that left him uncovered in the middle of the end zone. A few minutes later, he ran a seam route from the slot and snagged a 66-yard reception, getting dragged down inside the Miami 10-yard line. Nelson was then a non-factor for three quarters before getting hot again in the final six minutes. He drew a pass interference on a key 3rd down. A few plays later, he caught a 16-yard pass over the middle in heavy traffic.
2018 Week 4 vs CLE (8 / 5 / 48 / 1 rec)
After hitting a couple big plays right out of the gate last week, Nelson almost did the same this week. He ran a rub route with Jared Cook that confused Browns defenders and left Nelson all alone behind the defense for what should have been a 72-yard touchdown but Carr badly underthrew it. Nelson was quiet for most of the game but made a pair of key plays in the 4th quarter. He caught a 19-yard touchdown on a post route to put the Raiders ahead late. Then won a jump ball on a two-point conversion attempt in the final seconds to send the game to overtime
2018 Week 5 vs LAC (4 / 4 / 43 / 1 rec)
Nelson caught a short pass over the middle and broke a tackle to get loose for a big gain of 29 yards. Nelson caught a 1-yard touchdown pass on one of the weirder plays of the season. After Jalen Richard picked up a first down but was ruled down just shy of the end zone, Carr hurried to the line when he saw nobody was out wide to cover Nelson. He quick-snapped it and tossed it out to Nelson who was able to walk into the end zone. The Raiders had multiple receivers on the other side of the field still trying to get lined up, so the play should have been blown dead.
2018 Week 6 vs SEA (3 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
Nelson had a 5-yard gain on a screen pass but was barely part of the game plan, seeing just three targets on the day. Nelson has done most of his damage this season deep down the seam and the Seahawks defense was dropping the safeties deep into coverage and the pass rush was getting home quickly.
2018 Week 8 vs IND (4 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Nelson slipped on an out route on the opening drive of the game, causing an incompletion on third and short. He went low to grab a 14-yard completion over the middle to move the chains on a later third-and-2.
2018 Week 9 vs SF (3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Nelson played 75% of the snaps but failed to make any impact. He did a great job keeping his feet in bounds along the sidelines for a 10-yard gain on a broken play with Carr scrambling. Other than that, it was an extremely quiet game for Nelson.
2018 Week 10 vs LAC (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Nelson missed some time with a quad injury that he tried to play through. Even when on the field, he is a complete afterthought in the offense right now. Nelson couldn't get any separation and had a quick slant route broken up.
2018 Week 12 vs BAL (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
Nelson looked slow on an end around that lost yardage. He also gained no separation at all on a deep ball that wasn't close to being completed .
2018 Week 13 vs KC (11 / 10 / 97 / 0 rec)
Nelson grabbed a back-shoulder fade for a 24-yard gain. Nelson did a great job twisting through a tackle and extending the ball to barely pick up a first down on a 3rd-and-3. Nelson had a short catch on a pick play called back to due to offensive pass interference. Nelson did most of his damage on quick passes and underneath routes. He was the go-to guy on shorter passes. He did get some looks downfield as well, with a 20-yard catch along the sideline on a fade route.
2018 Week 14 vs PIT (7 / 6 / 48 / 0 rec)
Nelson made a key 3rd down grab on a slant route despite having Joe Haden draped all over him. He slid low to make the catch just shy of the goal line. While Nelson hasn't been able to generate much separation, he still shows excellent hands and has been a reliable target on short passes.
2018 Week 15 vs CIN (8 / 6 / 88 / 0 rec)
Nelson found himself wide open deep down the field due to a blown coverage by the Bengals defense. Carr put too much air under the ball, which forced Nelson to come back for the catch. It went for a 44-yard gain but the poor throw allowed a Bengals defender to recover and tackle Nelson seven yards short of the end zone. Nelson picked up 18 yards on a deep crossing route from the slot.
2018 Week 16 vs DEN (10 / 7 / 75 / 0 rec)
Nelson was the clear go-to guy in the pass offense, seeing twice as many targets as any other Raiders pass catcher. On his first target, he was unable to make a one-handed grab on a go route down the sideline. Nelson started to get hot in the two-minute drill before halftime. He caught back-to-back deep slants for gains of 16 and 14 yards. Nelson also picked up 12 yards on another slant route to convert a 3rd-and-4 to keep the chains moving on the Raiders lone second-half touchdown drive.
2018 Week 17 vs KC (12 / 9 / 78 / 0 rec)
Nelson again was the clear top target in the Raiders passing offense. His 12 tar-gets were 7 more than any other player for Oakland. Most of the targets were short. Nelson showed his great hands and veteran savvy, finding success on slants and crossing routes in the middle of the field. He doesn't provide much of a deep threat any more, though. The Raiders took a deep shot to him early and the defender was easily able to run stride for stride with him and defend the pass.
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.
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 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 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 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 7 vs NO (4 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
It's not often that a healthy Jordy Nelson is at the bottom of the list for targets on a given week, but here we are. Nelson made a nice catch early in the third quarter on a short pass which he then took for some extra yards, but Brett Hundley had a heck of a time finding one of his top options on Sunday.
2017 Week 9 vs DET (7 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)
Nelson seems like the guy Brett Hundley least connects with and he has been a fifth wheel the last few games. This was the same situation on Monday and it sometimes appears Hundley isn't even aware where Nelson is. Nelson was wide open down the seam at one point, but the quarterback didn't look for him and the chance never really came again.
2017 Week 10 vs CHI (4 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)
Nelson and Brett Hundley are just not on the same page, and it doesn't look like it will change anytime soon. Nelson has to be waiting anxiously for Aaron Rodgers to return.
2017 Week 11 vs BAL (6 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
While Nelson still saw a good amount of targets, he and Brett Hundley are just not in sync and many of those targets were not in places the Packers receiver could make a play on. Nelson, more than anyone, has struggled with Aaron Rodgers out and this game was no different. While he can occasionally gain separation on a defender, Nelson usually makes his big plays by high pointing a perfectly placed ball. Those just don't seem to exist with Hundley under center.
2017 Week 12 vs PIT (5 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec)
Jordy Nelson's production remains on a milk carton, as he continues to struggle to get on the same page as Brett Hundley. On the occasions when Hundley looks his way, the passes are often not quality, and Nelson still draws a fair amount of attention, making it tough to actually break free anyway
2017 Week 13 vs TB (8 / 5 / 17 / 0 rec)
Nelson led the team in targets but they were all super-short attempts and he had no luck extending them after the catch. He was also the target on quarterback Brett Hundley's interception. The route Nelson was on took him down the middle, and it was one of Hundley's many overthrows on the game, well past Nelson and easily scooped up by the defender.
2017 Week 14 vs CLE (5 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)
Nelson continues to stumble along, catching much of what is thrown his way, though the number of passes and their nature limit his overall production. Nelson once again saw very little work of substance, and is not on Brett Hundley's radar for anything substantive.
2017 Week 15 vs CAR (6 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
In what has been a disappointing season for Jordy Nelson, no outing has been more disappointing than Sunday's. The return of Aaron Rodgers didn't do anything for his favorite target, who wasn't his favorite target against Carolina, even when Davante Adams left the game with a concussion. There were a couple of times where he and Rodgers just weren't synced up, and a few times Rodgers just flat out missed him on a throw. He would have had a shot at a touchdown in the third quarter on a deep pass, but Rodgers shorted it.
2017 Week 16 vs MIN (5 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec)
Nelson's season of doom continued on Saturday, as he had another mediocre first half, and then left the game with an apparent shoulder injury n the third quarter. He was in a tremendous amount of pain but as of Tuesday there had been no official announcement as to the nature of the injury.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2014 Week 1 vs SEA (14 / 9 / 83 / 0 rec)
With Jarrett Boykin across the field occupying Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman, Jordy Nelson was frequently the option on the opposite side of the offense. Nelson was targeted 14 times, often on shorter routes and despite the absence of Sherman, often was well covered. He and quarterback Aaron Rodgers timing seemed to be just a bit off as well--something we saw a lot of in the preseason. Many of Rodgers' passes were just a bit off--too high, too short, too early, behind. One of those resulted in a momentum-changing interception. On the pass, Nelson ran a ten-yard slant route from the left side of the formation. He had good separation on the defender and was really wide open. All Rodgers had to do was deliver the ball cleanly, but led Nelson too much and the ball deflected off the receiver's outstretched hands. Nelson said after the game that he should have caught it as he got his hands on it, but it was a poor pass and one of several by Rodgers. Overall, Nelson made some excellent catches
2014 Week 2 vs NYJ (16 / 9 / 209 / 1 rec)
Nelson was peppered with targets and led the team in them, as well as catches. While he had some problems early on in creating separation, even that didn't always stop him, such as on a tremendous leaping catch over cornerback Darrin Walls in the first quarter. Walls was in perfect position between Nelson and Aaron Rodgers, but Rodgers just put the ball up and let his receiver go up and get it. Walls never even got his head around and appeared to have no real clue the pass was coming. Nelson overpowered the Jets corners as well, such as in the second quarter when he caught the ball and then shook off the defender then ran for another ten yards for a first. The physical play drew some pass interference penalties as well, extending at least one drive. Nelson and the coaching staff did an excellent job adjusting his routes and speed to what the defense gave him. When the defenders gave him room, he ran short, crisp routes and when they pressed him, he blew past them for a long route. The biggest play was undoubtedly his 80-yard touchdown late in the third quarter. On the play he put a double move on Dee Milliner (and you could tell Milliner was still a bit hurt) and safety Calvin Pryor was too slow coming over to assist. Nelson made the catch, dodged Pryor's sloppy tackle and ran for an "easy" touchdown.
2014 Week 3 vs DET (7 / 5 / 59 / 0 rec)
While he didn't get a ton of chances, Jordy Nelson came up with his usual amazingly acrobatic catches. His second reception was one such catch, as Nelson lined up on the left side of the formation and then ran an "in" route, which took him all the way across the field to the opposite sideline. As he was doing that, quarterback Aaron Rodgers was scrambling, looking for someone to get open. Rodgers saw Nelson with just a hairsbreadth of separation and fired the ball off. Nelson made a tremendous catch along the sideline, tapping both feet in before he fell out of bounds. Overall the Lions defense did a great job of blanketing Nelson with coverage, especially on longer route. Nelson was able to get into good position on many of his underneath routes, but the Lions were fine with him doing that since they were quickly able to tackle him and limit his yards after the catch.
2014 Week 4 vs CHI (12 / 10 / 108 / 2 rec)
One constant through the early part of the season has been the play of Jordy Nelson who, while much of the rest of the offense struggled, has been productive. While he struggled a bit against a tough Detroit Lions gameplan, he has been incredible during all three of the other games. Against Chicago, Nelson saw a fair amount of rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller who, while having a tremendous rookie season was not quite up to the task of holding down Nelson. Fuller was covering Nelson during his first touchdown, which came on a fade route. Fuller tried to get a bit physical with Nelson coming off the line and lost that battle, as Nelson got past him easily and made the catch. The second touchdown came on a post route where it seemed the Bears mixed up coverage. Tim Jennings thought the safety was taking over and stopped pursuing Nelson, only realizing that wasn't the case when Nelson was in the end zone. Tillman was able to recover in time to try and jar the ball loose with a tackle but it didn't work and Nelson easily came down with the touchdown. Nelson saw a lot of one-on-one coverage during the game but none of it was terribly effective and with he and Rodgers in such great sync, the Bears couldn't find a way to slow him down, much less stop him.
2014 Week 5 vs MIN (3 / 1 / 66 / 1 rec)
The first pass (and only completion) thrown to Jordy Nelson ended in a 66-yard touchdown which featured the wide receiver selling a defender on an outside route, but then heading inside on a deep post. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers hit the wide-open Nelson in stride and there was nobody else to stop him as he went for the touchdown. For the other targets Nelson saw some blanket coverage, and outstanding defensive play by second-year corner Xavier Rhodes and one play where he drew a pass interference penalty which set up a touchdown by Eddie Lacy.
2014 Week 6 vs MIA (16 / 9 / 107 / 1 rec)
Nelson played outstanding yet again and is clearly the go-to guy in the Packers offense and the player Rodgers looks to when the Packers need a first down. Nelson put up big numbers but could have had an even bigger day but for the Miami pass rush. On one play, Nelson was wide open over the middle but a Miami lineman was able to get his hand on the ball at the line of scrimmage to deflect the ball. On two other plays, Nelson had separation but early pressure forced Rodgers to throw inaccurately in Nelson's direction. Nelson also had a beautiful diving grab for three yards on a crucial 4th down play in the 3rd quarter that did not count as the Packers instead accepted a defensive holding call on the other side of the field. Nelson's 9-yard touchdown came on the first drive of the game. With the Dolphins in zone, Nelson raced past the CB on a slant and the Dolphins LB bit hard on play action leaving Nelson wide open across the middle for an easy throw and catch. Two of Nelson's biggest plays came back-to-back in the middle of the 4th quarter with the Packers backed up deep in their own territory. On the first, facing 3rd-and-9, Rodgers rolled right and connected with Nelson deep down the right sideline for 22 yards. The next play, Rodgers found Nelson open over the middle for a 14-yard gain. The two plays finally got the Packers offense rolling again and sparked the comeback. Nelson also had arguably the biggest play of the game as the Packers faced 4th-and-10 from midfield with about a minute remaining. Nelson ran an out route and created plenty of separation and Rodgers put it on the money for an 18-yard-gain down the right sideline.
2014 Week 7 vs CAR (5 / 4 / 80 / 1 rec)
While it may seem like Nelson didn't do much, the truth is that the game got out of hand so quickly that he didn't need to. Nelson's first target was actually an interception which was called back because the defense was offsides. Normally when quarterback Aaron Rodgers sees the flag, he takes a shot downfield. In this instance, the throw was way off and high, and Nelson couldn't make a play. Nelson's first official target was much more effective, and resulted in a 59-yard touchdown. On the play, Nelson ran a simple deep fade down the sideline and easily got behind the coverage. Panthers safety Roman Harper stepped up to make a play but Nelson absolutely juked him out of his shoes and then scored easily. After that the Panthers played off Nelson so they wouldn't get burned long, though at times the 10-yard cushions they gave him just gave him free yards. Overall it was somewhat of a quiet day, but Nelson looked as effective as ever.
2014 Week 8 vs NO (5 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
In what was his worst game of this season--and the first time was kept out of the end zone since Week 3--Nelson was blanketed by the Saints coverage and never really found a way to break free. A few times he was able to make a great catch using his body to ward off a defender, but for the most part he never really found a way to get open. Once quarterback Aaron Rodgers pulled his hamstring and the Saints really started bringing the pressure, Nelson disappeared.
2014 Week 10 vs CHI (6 / 6 / 152 / 2 rec)
Sunday night, Jordy Nelson caught every ball that came his way. As usual, some of them required the body contortions and gymnastics which we've come to expect from him. On his first pass, he had cornerback Tim Jennings draped over his back as he extended his body to reign in a slightly high ball. Nelson scored on two passes, both of which came at the expense of some pretty severe blown coverage by the Bears. On both touchdowns, Nelson ran past the cornerback, who clearly looked as if he expected the safety to come over and help. The safety didn't--even after having been burned on this for one touchdown already--and Nelson found himself wide open. Aaron Rodgers easily hit Nelson on the first one, and the receiver took the ball the rest of the way himself, dodging the late-arriving safety as he did. On the second touchdown, Nelson was already in the end zone, so Rodgers delivered the ball to him for an easy second score. Throughout the night, Nelson showed crisp route running and he and Rodgers both took full advantage of some poor decisions by the secondary.
2014 Week 11 vs PHI (10 / 4 / 109 / 1 rec)
Nelson and Aaron Rodgers got on the same page early, with a huge play down the sideline for 64 yards. On the play, Nelson ran straight down the sideline, gaining a couple of steps on the coverage. Rodgers delivered a perfect pass which Nelson was able to catch without breaking stride. He continued up the sideline, reaching the ten yard line before the Eagles brought him down. He almost capped the drive off with a touchdown catch along the back of the end zone, but he couldn't hold onto the ball while keeping his feet in bounds. It was a crazy throw and would have been one of the most amazing catches Nelson has had--which is saying something. That's OK because Nelson got his touchdown a while later in the early second quarter. On the play, Nelson again ran up the sideline. Nelson again got a step on the defender and Rodgers again dropped a perfect pass for Nelson who held onto the ball and got both feet in before falling into the end zone. While Nelson and Rodgers hooked up for some big plays, they also seemed a little off at times, resulting in several balls which were thrown away from Nelson. Either he ran the route wrong or Rodgers was off. Nelson was also the target of several thrown away balls.
2014 Week 12 vs MIN (12 / 8 / 68 / 0 rec)
After watching the Green Bay Packers offense go crazy on teams the last two weeks, the Minnesota Vikings decided they would focus on not allowing Jordy Nelson or Randall Cobb to burn them for a lot of yards and touchdowns. They were largely successful in that endeavor, for while Nelson got plenty of yards, it was a lower total than either of the last two weeks and they managed to keep him out of the end zone. That's not to say that Nelson was ineffective--in fact he played very well despite being blanketed with coverage. He continues to make amazing catches, like he did in the second quarter when he ran a 10-yard route along the left sideline. The defender was there when the ball reached Nelson, but he made a great catch despite the defender draped all over him. Nelson almost made a ridiculous catch a few minutes later when he gained a little separation along the sideline and Rodgers threw a very nice pass (though a tad high) where only Nelson was going to get the ball. Nelson made the catch but couldn't quite keep his feet in--if he had, they could have added it to the highlight reel of these two players hooking up for big plays.
2014 Week 13 vs NE (6 / 2 / 53 / 1 rec)
It was a long day on Revis Island for Nelson, as that's who was covering him most of the afternoon--and did so effectively. The one big play for Nelson was a 45-yard catch and run for a touchdown in the second quarter. On the play, Revis was playing in tight coverage near the line of scrimmage. Nelson got inside Revis on a slant route and shielded him from the ball with his body, giving Rodgers a good target. For some reason when Nelson caught it, Revis was a little behind the route, so when the receiver had the ball, the cornerback had to try and catch up. Revis was then blocked by Randall Cobb, giving Nelson plenty of room to run. Safety Devin McCourty almost made a nice tackle, but Nelson was able to hit the pylon as he fell and the play was ruled a touchdown.
2014 Week 14 vs ATL (10 / 8 / 146 / 2 rec)
For a little while, it looked like it might be a quiet day for Jordy Nelson, despite catching four balls ion the first quarter. Then, with 24 seconds left in the half, quarterback Aaron Rodgers found him in the back of the end zone for a touchdown. On the play, Nelson lined up on the left side of the formation and ran a straightforward route into the end zone. When he saw Rodgers scrambling to the right, Nelson drifted along the back of the end zone and was seemingly released by his defender. It could be that the defender assumed someone on the other side would pick Nelson up (or a safety would help) or it could be he thought Rodgers was going to run and started to creep. Either way, Nelson was wide open for the touchdown pass. He was pretty open again early in the fourth quarter when Rodgers hit him for a 60-yard touchdown. On the play, Nelson split the defenders up the middle and found himself with a good five or so yards ahead of them. Rodgers delivered a perfect ball, which Nelson took to the end zone. Nelson had no trouble on the outside with the coverage and once he and Rodgers got their groove on, they produced a big game.
2014 Week 15 vs BUF (12 / 5 / 55 / 0 rec)
Jordy Nelson had what might have been his worst day as a pro football player. He was responsible for numerous dropped passes, was never on the same page as his quarterback and generally was unable to find any way to separate from coverage on a consistent basis. Right away, you could see Nelson and Aaron Rodgers were not on the same page. That's not unusual early in a game but they never course-corrected and Rodgers would overthrow Nelson or Nelson would be unable to reel in a catch. The worst drop was one which would have changed the face of the game. Down 16-10 in the third quarter, the Packers were backed up onto their own six yard line. Rodgers dropped back and had plenty of time to make his throw, while Nelson broke open down the right sideline. He had made a very nice double-move to clear himself and the safety looked like he would be unable to get across to make a play. Nelson was wide open and would have had a 94-yard touchdown--if he had been able to bring the ball in, which he didn't. It was the sort of catch he had made a thousand times before but the ball went right through his hands and fell incomplete. It was that kind of day for Nelson.
2014 Week 16 vs TB (9 / 9 / 113 / 1 rec)
Nelson had a perfect day, catching all of his targets, including a short 1-yard pass on a slant for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. As was the case with Randall Cobb, Tampa Bay just didn't have the talent to stay with Nelson and when they did, he just outfought the defender for the ball. Nelson's biggest play was a 28-yard reception in the first quarter. On the play, he was able to get a step on the defender and Aaron Rodgers hit him along the right side with a perfect throw. The two hooked up a short time later, this time with Nelson going deep down the middle of the field. The safeties didn't quite seem to get over in time, and Rodgers was once again able to hit him with a long bomb. Nelson was just as good underneath, grabbing a lot of passes in space between the linebackers and the secondary. He couldn't quite break off a truly deep play as he did last weekend, but Nelson did plenty of damage anyway.
2014 Week 17 vs DET (8 / 6 / 86 / 0 rec)
Nelson played a nice game and while he didn't get a touchdown, he did draw a penalty in the end zone which set up a first down on the 1-yard line, though the Packers were unable to capitalize on it. No matter what the Lions did during the game, Nelson found a way to get open. He consistently found the open seams in the secondary and was able to fairly easily shake off defenders in single coverage. Nelson also made two key first down receptions in the fourth quarter, one of which helped set up Aaron Rodgers 1-yard score to put the game away.
2014 Week 19 vs DAL (5 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
The Dallas Cowboys chose to shut down Jordy Nelson, and for the most part they did. They played the receiver very physically, and on both of his catches, Nelson was pummeled as he was catching the ball or after the fact. He hung onto the ball though and both receptions went for first downs. The attention paid to Nelson helped make it easier for Randall Cobb and Davante Adams to have big days.
2014 Week 20 vs SEA (8 / 5 / 71 / 0 rec)
The Seahawks covered Jordy Nelson closely, mostly using Byron Maxwell. Maxwell was a very tight shadow for Nelson, who also had to deal with some uncharacteristic inaccuracy from quarterback Aaron Rodgers as well as a few drops he had himself. The worst miscommunication seemed to come in the second quarter on Rodgers' second interception. On the play, Nelson took his route outside, but Rodgers clearly thought he was cutting up and in. The ball went directly to Maxwell, who picked it off. Nelson's longest reception was a 23-yard catch and run on a deep slant which split the defense. Maxwell gave Nelson too much of a cushion, so when the receiver cut in, Maxwell was completely out of position and nowhere near to Nelson. While he wrangled Nelson a short time after the catch, it was a well-run route and took advantage of a poor call by Maxwell. After that, Nelson seemed to have some more success outmaneuvering Maxwell, drawing a pass interference call and catching his next three passes. However none of these were long plays or deep, and Seattle was able to keep Nelson contained.
2013 Week 1 vs SF (10 / 7 / 130 / 1 rec)
If anyone was worried about Jordy Nelson's knee or his absence in preseason, you can stop worrying. Nelson had an outstanding day where he looked as if he hadn't missed a minute of practice and his chemistry with Aaron Rodgers continues to be excellent. Nelson's first catch was as good as it gets for him as he went up and over cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha for a tough 31 yard catch. Nelson fought off asomugha's jam at the line and then lost him with a double move. The ball gets thrown a little behind, but Nelson easily adjusts as Asomugha couldn't get turned around to break the play up. Later on, Nelson again displayed his athleticism and acumen on a 37 yard pass he caught on the sideline, just getting both feet in as he dove out of bounds to catch the ball. On top of everything else, Nelson caught multiple balls which left him open for some big hits by the San Francisco defenders. Nelson took it all in stride, occasionally rebounding from the hit and gaining more yards, but always holding onto the ball. Nelson doesn't look any the worse for wear after his knee surgery and is a huge weapon, and a huge part of this offense.
2013 Week 2 vs WAS (4 / 3 / 66 / 2 rec)
Jordy Nelson didn't catch a lot of balls but he made them count scoring on two of the four targets he received (five if you count a pass nullified by a holding penalty which would have gone for a touchdown). Both of his touchdown catches were a bit difficult. The first was a low pass which Nelson had to slide in the end zone to get underneath while the other was thrown to his back shoulder and a little high. On that touchdown, Nelson extended his body as he jumped and made a great catch, coming down in the end zone when he fell. His third catch also showed very good effort as the ball was thrown just a little short and Nelson had to go over the top of rookie cornerback David Amerson for the catch.
2013 Week 3 vs CIN (9 / 8 / 93 / 0 rec)
The Bengals did a great job of clamping down on the Packers wide receivers but though they kept him out of the end zone, Nelson got his. It took a while as Nelson's targets were spread across the entire game with one or two a quarter until the fourth, when he saw four targets, all of which he caught. As always, Nelson made a host of impressive catches, including an acrobatic catch along the sideline in the third quarter. On the play, Nelson got great separation on the coverage, but Aaron Rodgers didn't lead him with the throw, instead putting the ball high and a bit short. It was still too high a throw for cornerback Terence Newman to make a play on, but also forced Nelson to stop, turn his body around and jump to get the ball. Nelson kept his feet in bounds even though Newman clipped him as he fell to the ground. Nelson continues to string together tons of yards, though he couldn't add in a touchdown this week.
2013 Week 5 vs DET (7 / 5 / 82 / 0 rec)
Much of Jordy Nelson's day consisted of short slants, but he did have several of the requisite ridiculous plays he produces most weeks. Late in the second quarter, Nelson split the zone coverage and was wide open down the right sideline. Aaron Rodgers delivered the ball a little late and behind, so Detroit safety Glover Quin was able to get over and try to make a play on the ball. Nelson went up, extending his body to make the catch and then hung on as Quin hauled him to the ground. Rodgers found Nelson again on a deep ball while the receiver was sprinting down the sideline. On the play, Nelson was pretty well covered by Rashean Mathis, so Rodgers threw a rope to Nelson's back shoulder. Nelson caught the ball but momentum was carrying him out of bounds and he had to stretch his body to get both feet in. Just another "routine" circus catch by Nelson.
2013 Week 6 vs BAL (10 / 4 / 113 / 1 rec)
With Randall Cobb and James Jones down for the count, Jordy Nelson had the weight of the passing offense on his shoulders. As with the other remaining targets, Nelson found himself well covered as the Baltimore Ravens made sure to blanket Nelson with some extra safety attention for some of the game. He got loose a few times though, the first on a big slant pass late in the second. Nelson ran a post pattern and Aaron Rodgers hit him in stride. Nelson continued downfield for a big gain until he was run out of bounds. The second one was his touchdown, a 64 yard play late in the third quarter. On the play, Nelson got behind Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb. Rodgers saw it happening and threw a bomb towards Nelson who caught it and ran to the end zone, untouched. Unfortunately, Nelson was also the target on Aaron Rodgers' interception. On the pass, Nelson was well covered by Justin Smith and Rodgers underthrew the ball. Nelson tried to make a play on it, but just wasn't in the position to do so and Smith came down with the pick. Save for that play, Nelson had a great day, even with minimal catches and tight coverage.
2013 Week 7 vs CLE (6 / 5 / 42 / 1 rec)
The targets for Jordy Nelson were few and far between in part because he saw a lot of Browns cornerback Joe Haden. Haden made it really difficult for Nelson to break free on any longer routes, forcing Nelson and Rodgers to work underneath a bit against linebackers who were mismatched by Nelson's speed or in the open areas in between zones. Nelson's longest reception came on a slant route during which he was able to get a step--and inside position--on Haden. Rodgers threaded the ball between some defenders and Nelson made a nice catch for 17 yards. His touchdown also came because of inside position on Haden during a slant route. It's difficult to stop that play for anyone, but Nelson's size and physicality make it almost impossible when he's able to get that first step inside.
2013 Week 8 vs MIN (8 / 7 / 123 / 2 rec)
You'd be hard pressed to find too many WR/QB tandems as on point and productive as Jordy Nelson and Aaron Rodgers and we saw plenty of supporting evidence of that Sunday night. The two biggest examples came on the pair of touchdowns the two had. On the first, Nelson was actually very well covered by Minnesota cornerback Josh Robinson. Rodgers delivered a perfect throw, just sailing past Robinson's left ear. Had Robinson turned his head more quickly, he might have stopped the pass, but the chance seems miniscule. Nelson and Robinson were fighting the entire route, but Nelson got his hands up in time and hauled in the pass for a touchdown. On the second touchdown, Rodgers and Nelson took advantage of a defensive shift and caught the Vikings a tad slow to react. The defense called a corner blitz, sending Marcus Sherels after Rodgers while safety Mistral Raymond slid over to cover Sherels' position. This left linebacker Chad Greenway to read Rodgers and pick up Nelson when he crossed into Greenway's zone. The Vikings linebacker was just a tad slow to react so while he got to Nelson, he wasn't able to deflect the pass, which flew right by his head. Rodgers' strike hit Nelson in perfect stride and the receiver didn't even have to slow down for a microsecond. By the time any other Vikings defender reacted, Nelson was flying down the field for a 76-yard score.
2013 Week 9 vs CHI (9 / 4 / 67 / 0 rec)
It appeared early on as if the Packers were going to try and replicate their gameplan from last weekend's game against the Minnesota Viking and move Jordy Nelson inside, often to the slot. Once Aaron Rodgers went down though, the plan shifted and Nelson was force outside for most of his routes. It was rough going, as backup quarterback Seneca Wallace was terribly inaccurate and often underthrew his receivers, Nelson included. Nelson also suffered from being sent of longer routes when Wallace threw predominantly short. Those two things factored heavily into what was a very quiet day for Nelson. Hopefully things will pick up after a week of work directly with Wallace--the Packers are going to need it to.
2013 Week 10 vs PHI (10 / 6 / 56 / 0 rec)
This week saw receiver Jordy Nelson getting a ton of short passes which he tried to turn into big gains, though often unsuccessfully. The defense keyed on two things--stopping the run and stopping Nelson, clearly the biggest remaining threat in the passing offense with Aaron Rodgers sidelined. For the most part, the Philadelphia Eagles were content to concentrate on Nelson and let the other receivers get their shots. With undrafted rookie quarterback Scott Tolzien replacing mediocre Seneca Wallace, the defense was more worried about Nelson breaking something off after a catch than they were Tolzien ripping them up with Jarrett Boykin and James Jones. You could see the timing and chemistry was just a bit off and never was it more evident than when Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin intercepted a pass in the end zone and returned it 76-yards to the Packers' 27 yard line. On the play, Nelson lined up inside and ran a route he often does in the end zone for Rodgers--a simple "fade" route towards the back corner of the end zone. Normally, Rodgers would throw a lob towards the back corner where only Nelson could make a play on the ball, but Tolzien threw it directly towards Nelson. Nelson was clearly expecting the lob, and had to adjust to the more direct pass, but couldn't do it fast enough. Boykin simply undercut the route and picked the ball off. Those sorts of mistakes often come from inexperience and a lack of comfort between quarterbacks and their receivers. A week's worth of work with the first team offense should help Nelson and Tolzien get on the same page.
2013 Week 11 vs NYG (9 / 8 / 117 / 0 rec)
Last week it seemed as if Jordy Nelson and rookie quarterback Scott Tolzien were not only on different pages, but might have been in completely different books. Sunday was a much better game, and the pair hooked up eight times on nine attempts, though never in the end zone. Overall Nelson did a good job of finding just enough separation to allow Tolzien space to deliver the ball and making his usual incredible catches look easy while doing so. On one deep pass along the sideline for 29 yards, Nelson was actually really well covered by defensive back Terrell Thomas. Tolzien threw a long ball just in front of Nelson--too far for Thomas to make a play on and--at first glance--too far for Nelson as well. However, it was actually in the perfect spot for Nelson to make a play, as he extended his body to catch the ball and actually kept his feet for a moment before being brought down by Thomas. Overall, it looks like the rookie quarterback and the veteran playmaker will have no issues hooking up for plenty of yards.
2013 Week 12 vs MIN (7 / 4 / 58 / 0 rec)
Jarrett Boykin and James Jones got the bulk of the targets on Sunday, so it was a relatively quiet Sunday for Jordy Nelson. The Vikings tried very hard to shut him down, forcing first quarterback Scott Tolzien and later Matt Flynn to look elsewhere. Nelson still made some incredible catches, including on his very first catch, a 34-yard reception in the first quarter. On the play, Nelson ran a seam route, with a nifty double move at about six yards to get a step on defensive back Marcus Sherels. Sherels bit on the stutter step and Nelson was able to get ahead of him. Tolzien's pass was high, but Nelson made a great leaping grab, extending his body to make a fantastic catch. Even better, Nelson was able to come down on his feet, in stride and gain almost another twenty yards. Nelson's second catch was equally impressive as he had defensive back Robert Blanton draped all over him. Flynn threw a nice ball away from Blanton, where only Nelson was going to grab it and the receiver made a very good catch. Overall, Nelson jet didn't get a lot of targets and a great deal of them--from both quarterbacks--were just about uncatchable.
2013 Week 13 vs DET (4 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Jordy Nelson and James Jones were the only offensive players not on the offensive line or under center, who were on the field for every offensive snaps and yet they accounted for just nine targets combined. Amazingly, none of Nelson's half (just four) resulted in one of his weekly "did you see that" catches. Part of that was the dearth of targets, but a lot of it was that quarterback Matt Flynn simply couldn't put the ball in a remotely favorable location for Nelson on any pass. Whereas previous quarterbacks seem to have been able to pass to where Nelson was going, or put the ball where only he had a chance to make a play. On one play, an incomplete pass early in the second quarter, Flynn had Nelson on a short slant across the middle. Instead of leading Nelson by throwing the ball to where the receiver was going, he threw directly into the defender. Nelson has not scored since Week 8 against the Vikings (a two-touchdown game) and has totaled 100 yards just once in the last five weeks. Nobody seems to miss Aaron Rodgers more than Nelson.
2013 Week 14 vs ATL (4 / 4 / 85 / 0 rec)
Sunday wasn't about quantity for Jordy Nelson--it was all about quantity. Nelson caught every ball thrown his way and did a very could job extending almost every reception. Nelson started off his day with one of his patented "ridiculous catches" as Flynn overthrew him and Nelson had to extend himself to make the catch even though he was wide open. He then ran a very simple out pattern, then turned it upfield and tip toed for a first down. Nelson should have had a huge touchdown on a go route in the third quarter but Flynn severely underthrew the ball and Nelson had to slow down severely but made the catch. Overall Nelson had a solid day, which could have been much more with a little more with another quarterback throwing the ball.
2013 Week 15 vs DAL (9 / 5 / 61 / 1 rec)
To start the game it's safe to say that Jordy Nelson and Matt Flynn were not on the same page. Flynn overthrew him on their second attempt at a connection, then Nelson had the rare drop on a short out not long after. The fourth attempt was an outright disaster as Flynn threw the ball directly to cornerback Sterling Moore. Flynn just saw Nelson open but not the safety coming over, nor Moore haunting the route. It was a bad pass and one Nelson could do nothing to prevent. The second half was a much different game. The very first time Flynn went to Nelson in the second half resulted in a touchdown. On the play, Nelson ran a simple fade route. Flynn underthrew the ball again, but Nelson jumped up and leaped over cornerback Orlando Scandrick, plucking the ball from the Dallas defender for the touchdown. Scandrick simply failed to make a play--it seemed clear Nelson just wanted it more. Nelson then made another tremendous catch--this time one-handed--late in the third for a 21-yard gain. Overall, Nelson's freakish catching ability helped make for a much better second half.
2013 Week 16 vs PIT (5 / 3 / 46 / 0 rec)
There were times during the game where it was fair to wonder if quarterback Matt Flynn was trying to kill Jordy Nelson. On a day when Flynn struggled to hit almost everyone, perhaps it was just a matter of general inaccuracy. One play was on a vertical route which was thrown way over Nelson's head--had it been lower he might have caught it but would have been obliterated by one of the two defenders covering him. Another took place a bit later in the third quarter, when Flynn threw the ball too wide, causing Nelson to dive for the ball and get landed on by the covering cornerback. Nelson's biggest catch was on a nice "in" route where the receiver was wide open and Flynn managed to lead him. Nelson caught the ball in stride and was able to turn upfield for more yards.
2013 Week 17 vs CHI (16 / 10 / 161 / 0 rec)
They say timing is everything, and certainly it's always been a key element in the chemistry between Jordy Nelson and quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Over the last eight games, Nelson has struggled to build that timing with multiple quarterbacks and often had to bail them out of poor throws by executing amazing catches. For stretches of Sunday's game with Rodgers under center, that remained true. Nelson and Rodgers were out of sync--not surprising given the time apart--and Rodgers consistently threw behind, above or just away from Nelson, forcing the receiver to make some incredible plays just to touch the ball. The struggle to get on the same page was most glaring in the second quarter when Nelson went out on a slant route and Rodgers threw a bit high and behind his receiver. Nelson appeared to be surprised by the pass--he seemed to expect the ball a few moments later in the route--and barely got his hands up to grab at the ball. The pass went off his hands, bounced into the air and into Chicago cornerback Tim Jennings' hands. It's a catch Nelson often makes and in that moment, needed to, but again, highlights the early dysfunction between him and Rodgers. Later on the two seemed to settle more into their old rhythms, quite often on shorter passes which allowed Nelson to catch the ball in space before the defense could react. One of those plays resulted in a 34-yard gain which was almost all Nelson. The play was a short screen pass, which Nelson caught and turned upfield. He broke several of the laziest tackles in the history of the NFL, and then accelerated down the sideline until he was pushed out by safety Chris Conte. Overall, the pair needed to knock the rust off a little but once they got going, they were able to take full advantage of a Bears defense which was banged up and completely overmatched.
2013 Week 18 vs SF (8 / 7 / 62 / 1 rec)
Since Aaron Rodgers returned to the starting lineup in Week 17, Jordy Nelson has seen 24 targets--the highest total in that two game stretch by far. He has managed to catch 17 of those 24, including seven of eight against San Francisco during Sunday's loss. Nelson and Rodgers definitely have excellent chemistry and Nelson seems to have a knack for making plays when the team needs him to. Nelson saw a lot of action on shorter passes, as he was able to push defenders away from the line of scrimmage before cutting back towards Rodgers and the ball. His sharp route running was on full display during his touchdown in the late first half. On the play, Nelson ran his route into the end zone and 'pinched' in towards the inside. As he feigned interest in taking his route that way, the defender bit and followed, but Nelson instead pushed off and ran towards the outside and the sideline where Rodgers hit him with a touchdown pass. Nelson nearly had a huge play in the third quarter, when Rodgers once again escaped pressure and heaved a long throw towards Nelson. However, Nelson didn't get enough height and cornerback Tarrell Brown got his hands above Nelson to disrupt the play. Nelson's left hand was clearly held, but for the most part the officials let the players play, so it isn't a surprise that it wasn't called.
2012 Week 1 vs SF (7 / 5 / 64 / 0 rec)
After a ridiculous 2011 campaign, Nelson got a pretty rude awakening against San Francisco in week 1. Nelson found it impossible to get behind the defense, including a nice play fake from Rodgers on 3rd and 1 where Nelson was unable to get beyond the double coverage. Nelson's longest play was actually an aborted deep pass attempt, where Rodgers was forced to scramble and seeing his QB in distress, Nelson cut the route off and came back to Rodgers, resulting in a 28-yard catch. Jordy was the 2nd least targeted Packer WR, but again, was more a product of San Fran game plan as compared to Nelson's shortcomings.
2012 Week 2 vs CHI (9 / 6 / 84 / 0 rec)
Despite drawing the primary coverage from the Bears, and a couple untimely drops, Jody Nelson still managed to have an Ok game for the Packers. He started out the game by dropping a quick slant pass on 3rd and 2 on the opening drive, but rebounded with a nice 21 yard reception on a deep crossing route on the following series. On Green Bay's 3rd possession, Rodgers hit Nelson on a perfect pass down the right side of the field. Rodgers dropped the ball between two defenders, but Nelson dropped it for the second time in the quarter. Nelson added three more receptions for medium gains before Rodgers hit him on a crossing route at the end of the third quarter for a nice 15 yard gain. Nelson's biggest play came near the end of the game, when the Packers were looking to put the Bears away for good. On third and 11 with six minutes to play, Rodgers hit Nelson on a short crossing route. Nelson was in full stride though, and ran to daylight, breaking up field and staying in bounds for a big 26 yard gain. It allowed Green Bay to run another two minutes off the clock, preventing the Bears from mounting any time of last second comeback.
2012 Week 3 vs SEA (3 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Jordy Nelson struggled all game long to make plays for his team and Rodgers stopped targeting him it looked like as the game progressed. Nelson was almost invisible throughout this game and Rodgers leaned on teammates Finley, Jones and Jennings instead of Nelson. Nelson had trouble shedding his defender in one on one coverage situations and was rarely open when Rodgers targeted him down the field. Nelson hauled in some gains for a first down on short routes underneath but was never a threat to break open the defense with a big play and the immense pass rush on Rodgers hurt all the Packer's receivers. Nelson seems to struggle in games where he cannot make the big play and defenses have taken away his presence as a deep threat so far this season.
2012 Week 4 vs NO (12 / 8 / 93 / 1 rec)
Jordy Nelson had the biggest stat line of the day on the Green Bay side, tallying up 8 receptions, 93 yards and a touchdown. He could have had 2 or 3 touchdown, but a couple key drops and an underthrown Rodgers pass put a halt to that. Regardless, when he displayed his usual solid route running and ran several types of routes, from 'go' to 'out' to 'slant'. By my count, he had about 13 targets, and if Jennings' injury keeps bothering him, Nelson is a legit WR1 on most weeks. Nelson's long of the day was an 18 yard catch, which highlighted his relative consistency for his YPC.
2012 Week 5 vs IND (5 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)
Aaron Rodgers overthrew Nelson on the opening drive and things pretty much degenerated from there. With Greg Jennings out, one assumed Nelson would get the majority of the targets but that didn't happen. On the overthrow, Nelson was wide open, with a huge lead on cornerback Jerraud Powers and with no way for safety Tom Zbikowski to catch up to him from a bad angle. Rodgers simply overthrew his receiver. When he did get the ball, such as his 19 yard catch in the first quarter, he proved as dangerous as always. On that particular catch, Nelson had a huge cushion even before the snap, as Powers gave Nelson eight yards of space, determined that he wouldn't burn Powers long again. Nelson took that cushion, and had five yards between him and Powers when Rodgers delivered a strike to where Nelson stood at the Colts' 40 yard line. Nelson then sidestepped Powers and nearly broke for a longer gain but was pushed out of bounds by safety Antoine Bethea. A few other times Nelson was well covered, but any time he was up against Powers he had the young corner's number--the Packers just didn't move him to the right side often enough and Rodgers was looking for Jones way too often. If they are going to get the offense back on track, the Packers need to get Nelson involved again, and should, next week against the Texans.
2012 Week 6 vs HOU (12 / 9 / 121 / 3 rec)
Jordy Nelson put on a clinic. Jordy Nelson was the beneficiary of two passes on the very first drive, and would not slow down. The second of which was a quick strike off a Houston penalty on the Packers first possession. Jordy Nelson showed signs of being the clear cut WR1. In the second quarter, Jordy caught a beautiful post for a 21-yard touchdown. With more than 6 minutes left in the half, Jordy had already raked 5 balls for 82 yards and 2 scores. Jordy Nelson abused Jonathon Joseph all night. Nelson's 3rd touchdown came on a 16-play 2nd half drive aided by 2 crucial Texans penalties. Nelson ran a perfect corner route, and caught the toss from Rodgers.
2012 Week 7 vs STL (9 / 8 / 122 / 1 rec)
A breakout star in 2011, Nelson had an innocuous start to 2012 before exploding for one hundred and twenty-one yards and three scores in Week Six against the Texans. The Kansas State alum topped that receiving yardage total by one against the Rams, posting another elite performance. Nelson's one hundred and twenty-two receiving yards came on eight catches, including a fifty-two yard bomb from quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Nelson exhibited tremendous willpower in snagging the ball in traffic as he sprinted down the sideline in double coverage. The fifth-year receiver was often matched up with rookie cornerback Janoris Jenkins, whom Nelson found easy to shake off and get open. His touchdown catch came on a three-yard fade route that Rodgers threw up and allowed Nelson to snatch out of the air.
2012 Week 9 vs ARI (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Surprisingly active on Sunday, looking like he was over a hamstring injury that kept him out the prior week, Nelson limped off on the second drive of the game after getting his ankle caught under him trying to make a catch. It's unfortunate, but the silver lining is that he has two weeks to get fully healthy again. Since the Packers didn't need him to make it past the Cardinals, it could be questioned why he was active in the first place, but for now, we can just hope that he has a mild ankle sprain and the bye week will give him a chance to get back to full strength.
2012 Week 11 vs DET (5 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)
Aaron Rodgers' go-to receiver was living up to billing in this game. Nelson's first target was a sideline pass on the opening drive of the game. Nelson was open, but he took his eyes off the ball and it skipped off his chest and he dropped it. Nelson got back on track though at the end of the first quarter on 3rd and 6. Rodgers threw the ball a bit behind him, but Nelson was able to come up with the 15 yard catch and a big first down. On the same drive, on 3rd and 3, Nelson ran a quick curl route, but spun away from the defenders, broke two tackles and sprinted up field for a big 19 yard gain to set up the TD pass to JerMichael Finley. In the 4th, Rodgers hit Nelson on a short curl where he was able to get to the sideline and tiptoe along it for an 11 yard gain. Two plays later, Nelson drew a defensive holding call on an inside-out route, giving the Packers another 1st down. While he finished the game with just 45 yards receiving, Nelson drew a lot of attention from the defense, and Rodgers was able to get other people involved in the offense because of it.
2012 Week 12 vs NYG (4 / 2 / 71 / 1 rec)
Jordy Nelson had a very explosive play early in this game and looked impressive on his touchdown catch to start but the rest of the game took a complete twist after. Nelson was able to blow right by his DB in man to man coverage, get big separation on a streak route and easily catch a perfectly thrown pass from QB Rodgers. Nelson showed a high level of straight line speed and concentration with the catch but this was easily his biggest opportunity against the Giants. The rest of the game was marred by poor pass protection, penalties, turnovers and checkdown passes due to good coverage by NYG. The Giants used a 2 man deep safety shell to prevent big plays after this catch and the Packers were unable to function as an offense with the new scheme. Nelson also had a small catch on a comeback route against soft zone coverage in garbage time however. Nelson still looked as fast as ever on Sunday but the Packers offense crumbed up front with the line. This never gave Rodgers and the passing game a chance to succeed.
2012 Week 13 vs MIN (1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Nelson felt something twinge in his hamstring pregame, but it only became an issue when he was hit in the area in the first quarter. He left the game with just one catch and while the injury is not said to be serious, he may not play in the next game.
2012 Week 17 vs MIN (5 / 3 / 87 / 1 rec)
Nelson couldn't make a very difficult reception in the endzone after an excellent pass from Aaron Rodgers. As the Packers ran their hurry up offense, Nelson caught a slant that turned into a bubble screen for 15 yards and a first down. Nelson had a very quiet game until he beat the Vikings' secondary on a deep seam route for a huge gain. Nelson was knocked out of bounds just before he could reach the pylon however. Nelson didn't see another target until the end of the next drive, when Rodgers threw him the ball at the goalline. Nelson didn't catch the ball, but drew the pass interference penalty. Rodgers went straight back to him on the next play, when he threw a low backshoulder throw that Nelson adjusted well to to catch.
2012 Week 18 vs MIN (6 / 3 / 51 / 0 rec)
Nelson was the fourth receiver on the depth chart, as he dealt with lingering injury issues. Therefore, his first reception came within two minutes of the halftime break when he caught a deep in for 20 yards and first down. Two plays later Nelson worked back to Rodgers as he worked outside of the pocket to catch the ball at the sideline five yards out from the endzone. On third and five, with just minutes left in the game, Nelson caught a quick out against single coverage for a first down.
2012 Week 19 vs SF (7 / 5 / 46 / 0 rec)
Nelson drew a pass interference call against Chris Culliver on a backshoulder throw down the right sideline. Nelson caught a nine yard reception on the sidelines as Aaron Rodgers hit him scrambling into the flat. Rodgers went straight back to him on a quick out for a similar nine yard gain. Nelson caught a short comeback route on third and four for seven yards. Nelson caught a deep out on third and three with the game already decided late in the fourth quarter. Nelson then caught a deep in for 15 yards.
2011 Week 1 vs NO (8 / 6 / 77 / 1 rec)
Jordy Nelson, the main target of Aaron Rodgers in the Super Bowl, was as reliable an option as ever in this game. Nelson has such soft hands and runs such good routes without doing any one thing spectacularly. He caught a deep looping pass from Rodgers over CB Patrick Robinson early in the game as Nelson took advantage of the man coverage. In the red zone, Nelson was the recipient of a touchdown pass from Rodgers as he lined up the right slot and ran a quick option route. Nelson should have had a second trip to the end zone, but on a route where he clearly beat the cornerback deep, Rodgers overthrew the pass. Nelson looked accomplished as usual in this game and got open routinely.
2011 Week 2 vs CAR (2 / 1 / 84 / 1 rec)
Jordy Nelson was kept quiet for the majority of this game as the Panthers did a good job in coverage. He was targeted on a back shoulder fade early, but the timing was off with Rodgers and the pass fell incomplete. It was not until the dying moments of the fourth quarter that Rodgers hit Nelson for an 87 yard touchdown on a skinny post route. The Panthers expected a run, but Rodgers fooled them with play action and shot a pass to Nelson, who used his speed to reach the end zone thanks in large part to a block down the field from Greg Jennings.
2011 Week 3 vs CHI (5 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)
Nelson has moved into the #2 WR spot on this team, although he's still the #3 or #4 receiving option behind Greg Jennings, Jermichael Finley and possibly whatever RB is in the backfield. He is clearly not the first option on most plays though. His first reception came just before halftime. With Rodgers under pressure, he stepped up into the pocket and zipped the ball to Nelson on the left side for a nice catch and run of 18 yards. Midway through the third quarter, Rodgers had time to throw the ball, but the coverage was good and he had to work through is progression. When he came to Nelson, Jordy was deep into his crossing route. Rodgers dumped the ball to him for another 17 yard catch and run that kept the drive moving and eventually led to a field goal. He finished the game for Green Bay as the #3 receiver in yards but tied for 4th on the team in receptions with just three.
2011 Week 4 vs DEN (6 / 5 / 91 / 1 rec)
Inches up the depth charts a little more each week. He was lined up early in the game in 2 man WR sets which would indicate that maybe he is slowly taking over the WR 2 role. no matter what the depth chart says though he is getting targets, touches, and opportunities in a very potent passing attack. He caught a few balls out of a new formation that was reported as Rodgers having the option of either handing it off or doing what he did which is turn quickly and throw it down the line for a waiting Jordy Nelson eager to take it up field. Here is how his touchdown played out. Nelson was in motion coming from his left to right, only a 2 WR set, Nelson broke it up field on a double move that took Brian Dawkins back far and he couldn't get his feet turned around to keep up with Nelson who then made the move towards the end zone and 50 yards later the ball was waiting for Nelson from a perfectly thrown pass by Rodgers, TOUCHDOWN!!! Fantastic game by Nelson who is showing real signs of improvement in his game each week.
2011 Week 5 vs ATL (7 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
Nelson hasn't been getting the ball as much lately, saving his owners with a couple long touchdowns over the last few weeks. The long play never happened in this one. Rodgers did try to hit him on one long pass, but it was incomplete. Other than that play though, Nelson wasn't anything other than a safety valve, catch a few short passes, and doing no damage.
2011 Week 6 vs STL (3 / 2 / 104 / 1 rec)
Backed up on their own 7, an Aaron Rodgers pumpfake froze the defenders, leaving Jordy Nelson wide open in between Al Harris and Stewart. All it took for Nelson was one move, and the two defenders collided, leaving Nelson free to streak downfield for a 93 yard touchdown. As good as Nelson is, he noticeably hasn't been as involved in the gameplan in the last few weeks, getting only a few targets in this one. Nelson got two out patterns in the 2nd half, one of which he dropped despite being wide open, and one of which he took for an 11 yard gain.
2011 Week 7 vs MIN (4 / 4 / 52 / 0 rec)
Nelson was a consistent target for Rodgers throughout this game, catching several nice passes and drawing a key pass interference call. Nelson was named the starter opposite Greg Jennings and Donald Driver, and he opened the game quickly with a nice 14 yard curl route. He was pretty quiet after that while Rodgers spread the ball around to seven different receivers in the first half, before connecting with Nelson again on a deep crossing route late in the second quarter or a gain of 16. Three plays later, he hit Nelson on an outside-in route which was good for seven and Rodgers came up to spike the ball. It led to the Crosby Field Goal just before halftime. Late in the third, Nelson had a chance for a TD - he had gotten behind the defender and Rodgers laid up a nice pass for him down the middle. Nelson drew the pass interference, and maybe he might not have been able to get to the ball if he were not defended, but it set up 1st and goal for the Packers and eventually led to another Crosby field goal.
2011 Week 9 vs SD (6 / 5 / 105 / 1 rec)
Nelson had a huge game, with two of the key receptions in a game that was full of them. He made a sliding catch near the sideline on a ball thrown to his back shoulder. The defender had no idea where the ball was (or seemingly Nelson), so Nelson was able to make the catch and then roll over into the end zone for the score before being touched down. The call was reviewed and it did look like the ball may have been moving or that Nelson had been possibly touched down at the goal line, but the ruling on the field was upheld and the score stood. Late in the game, Nelson was streaking downfield with a defender in the area when QB Aaron Rodgers heaved one up deep downfield in their general direction. Nelson made a great job in adjusting to the ball as it was in the air while the defensive back again couldn't find it right away. Nelson took off for the end zone and tried making a couple of moves to get in for the score, but he was taken down from behind inside the five yard line. As for the negative, he inadvertently helped San Diego get a chance to win late in the game on a botched onside kick recovery. The ball bounced right to Nelson, but rather than just grab it and fall on it, he tried batting it out of bounds. It hit off a Chargers player, landed back on the field, and was recovered by the Chargers.
2011 Week 10 vs MIN (5 / 5 / 63 / 2 rec)
Did not really get going until the 1st drive of the 2nd half but when he did get going he scored a lot of points off the play action and some nifty down field passing from Rodgers. He lines up a lot to the far right. He can catch a short pass and then be gone so they usually toss him at least one WR screen per game and they did so again twice with the 2nd time Nelson literally just stiff arming the DB the whole way to the end zone for about 15 yards. he is difficult to bring down after the catch and it showed on Monday Night Football.
2011 Week 11 vs TB (7 / 6 / 123 / 2 rec)
He was very involved early in the game with almost 80 yds racked up halfway through the 2nd quarter. Nelson was splitting defenders and has a knack for getting pat the DB covering him and finding the soft spot before the Safety can come over to help out. he then is able to take the catch which is laid out perfectly by Rodgers and where some WRs will run it out of bounds, Nelson would rather cut that into the field and does so with a lot of success picking up extra yards and looks lie he could break it to the house on almost every play. He was rewarded later in the quarter with a TD on very soft coverage by Aquib Talib. Late in the game with Green Bay clinging to a 2 point lead he once again got behind the DB and managed to take a perfect pass form Rodgers and streak it into the end zone. Nelson is in a zone right now and owners are reaping the benefits of him scoring multiple touchdowns many weeks.
2011 Week 12 vs DET (5 / 4 / 26 / 0 rec)
The Packers have so many passing weapons that it's hard to get them all involved every week. This week was a down week for Nelson, and he finished with just four receptions for 26 yards. Nelson's longest play was the first pass of the game - a 15 yard come back route. He added another 8 yard comeback just before the end of the first quarter, and at halftime, Nelson led the team with just 23 yards receiving. Nelson added just two short receptions and dropped another in the second half, leading to an off day fantasy wise.
2011 Week 13 vs NYG (4 / 4 / 94 / 0 rec)
Jordy Nelson and QB Rodgers demonstrated their amazing chemistry on Sunday. Nelson only had 4 catches but made every catch count and they went for big yards. Nelson and his QB have great rhythm together when connecting deep down the field. Rodgers bought time outside of the pocket for Nelson who got a step on his DB and hauled in a big pass downfield in front of his man. Nelson then made two terrific sideline catches as he displayed superb body control to adjust to the football. Nelson finished his game with a catch that set up the winning FG to cap off a very solid outing against NYG. Nelson got deep often and made catches that a lot of WR's simply wouldn't be able to make, keeping his feet perfectly in bounds vs. the sideline to keep the play alive. His workload is almost somewhat limited at times as QB Rodgers spreads the ball so much but Nelson brings a lot of big play ability to his game and can get deep for a quick score at any time.
2011 Week 14 vs OAK (7 / 3 / 81 / 1 rec)
Nelson was awesome on 2 of his 3 catches. The first was a 31 yard snag on a deep cross. Nelson beat his man badly and then beat three defenders around the edge. His second catch was even better, and for a score. He again was well clear of the coverage and adjusted nicely to the underthrown ball making a beautiful sliding catch at the goal line. His stats were limited by the game script but you got the feeling he could have had as many catches as the Packers needed.
2011 Week 15 vs KC (4 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)
Nelson had an uneventful day and his best play of the day was taken away by penalty. Nelson made an athletic catch falling out of bounds in the first quarter for a big gain. Unfortunately, he was flagged for offensive pass interference and the catch was wiped out. Later in the quarter he was flagged for the same thing, stalling another Packers' drive. Nelson didn't get involved in the game again until the team went to the 2 minute drill down by 2 scores.
2011 Week 16 vs CHI (7 / 6 / 115 / 2 rec)
With Greg Jennings on the sideline for the second week in a row, Nelson was the guy to provide the extra spark that the Packers needed to be back on track and lock up home field advantage for the playoffs. His first catch was on a quick out on the opening drive, and he was tackled immediately. However, he came up with five of the next six passes that were thrown his way. He came up with a big 17 yard reception near the end of the first half, where Charles Tillman fell down and Nelson came up with the reception and there wasn't anyone within five yards of him. He pushed forward for a big gain and was able to get out of bounds. In the third quarter, he missed a quick slant where Rodgers threw the ball just behind him. On the next play however, Rodgers ran a play-action to Starks, rolled out and uncorked a huge bomb down the middle of the field. Nelson split the defenders and made the easy reception for a big 55 yard TD reception that broke the back of the Bears. He added another 25 yard reception near the end of the third quarter where he shielded the ball with his body, was interfered with and was dragged down and still came up with the reception. He scored his second TD just two plays later on a 2 yard TD slant.
2011 Week 17 vs DET (15 / 9 / 162 / 3 rec)
Nelson posted season high totals in this game, torching the Lions almost every time he had the ball. In fact, four of Flynn's first seven passes were thrown to Nelson, although the first two were incomplete. Nelson was the big play receiver for the Packers in this game, and two of his TDS were from 35 yards or more. His first TD was typical Green Bay play calling. With first and goal from the seven yard line, Flynn threw a quick out to Nelson, who stiff-armed the defender and pushed past him as he sprinted the seven yards into the end zone. The second TD was on a play where Detroit had jumped off sides. With a free play, Nelson lofted it toward the end zone, and Nelson out-played the defender for the TD catch. His final TD reception was another text book Packer play - a play action fake where Flynn had plenty of time and threw a bullet down the middle of the field. Nelson split the defenders and made the perfect catch for a big 58 yard TD reception. Flynn targeted Nelson a couple times on the final drive of the game, but the first pass was under-thrown and Nelson was triple covered on the second. Nelson finished as Green Bay's top receiver, and posted a monster fantasy day for anyone who started him.
2011 Week 19 vs NYG (7 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)
The Giants secondary did a terrific job at completely shutting down Jordy Nelson and the big plays he makes so often. Nelson was matched up with rookie Amukamara at times but the rookie was able to hold off any big plays from the speedy WR that's usually a great deep option for QB Rodgers. Nelson had a shot at a deep play down the field as he had separation from the DB but Rodgers threw it late and the pass was underthrown which allowed the CB to break up the attempt. Rodgers was under fire from the Giants front 7 and was forced to scramble for yards to pick up first downs. Nelson was an afterthought in this offense as Rodgers wasn't afforded the luxury to survey the field much and the Giants secondary did a terrific job in coverage which made QB Rodgers held the ball in the pocket.
2010 Week 1 vs PHI (2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Jordy Nelson saw the field in Week 1 mostly as a kick returner, returning five kickoffs in Week 1 as compared to his one catch for just seven yards.
2010 Week 2 vs BUF (2 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)
Nelson only got a few targets, but they were productive targets, including one catch inside the 10 and another wide open catch on a perfectly executed play action fake by Rodgers.
2010 Week 3 vs CHI (4 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)
Nelson only comes out when the Packers want to run 4 or 5 wide sets. He tends to get short routes to run and certainly has the jets to break them and take them to the house but last night most of his receptions were short and he was on the ground quickly. All of his receptions came in the 2nd half of the football game.
2010 Week 5 vs WAS (5 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec)
The Packers wanted to rotate more folks in on offense, and Nelson saw a few targets come his way as a result of this. He had a nice swing pass reception near the end of the first quarter that he almost broke for a big gain but stepped out of bounds. Early in the second, he caught a nice pass and dove for the end zone but narrowly missed a TD and stepped out of bounds again. Early in the third, he had another shot at an end zone reception, but the ball was underthrown and fell incomplete. His biggest reception came in the 4th when Rodgers faked to Brandon Jackson and threw deep to a wide open Nelson down the middle of the field for a 25 yard gain. Initially he was not returning kicks due to the fumbles that he had last week, but eventually he got back into the lineup as a returner where had had two nice kick returns. He still remains the #4 or #5 receiving option for the team.
2010 Week 6 vs MIA (7 / 4 / 64 / 0 rec)
Nelson may be the biggest beneficiary of the Jermichael Finley injury. Running out of the slot, he was a frequent underneath target for Rodgers. Nelson made a bad drop on his first target, but as he got more looks, became a little more relaxed.
2010 Week 7 vs MIN (7 / 4 / 25 / 0 rec)
With Donald Driver on the sidelines for the game, It was Jones and Nelson who were called upon to make plays and they did just fine, each catching 4 passes and allowing Rodgers to spread the ball around the field. As far as 4th WR's go, you won't find many as talented as the unheralded Nelson.
2010 Week 8 vs NYJ (7 / 5 / 55 / 0 rec)
Nelson also managed to have a respectable game in-between the twenties against the Jets on Sunday (at least in terms of PPR leagues) thanks primarily to his five receptions. With Donald Driver out, it appears Jordy Nelson can only help to benefit as he has what it takes to quickly become another one of Aaron Rodgers' favorite go-to targets.
2010 Week 9 vs DAL (6 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)
Nelson turned in another respectable game, doing the majority of his damage in the middle of the field. Nelson showed great concentration and hands on a back-shoulder catch in the 3rd quarter. He will continue to be productive as long as Donald Driver is out of action.
2010 Week 11 vs MIN (3 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)
Nelson's first catch came in garbage time, once Rodgers had left the game for good. Now that Donald Driver is back, James Jones clearly has the inside track on the 3rd receiver job.
2010 Week 12 vs ATL (5 / 5 / 61 / 1 rec)
Jordy Nelson is a receiver with an uncanny feel for his position and the intricacies that come with it. His hands are his greatest asset as he showed on a great catch on a low pass from Rodgers. He had two big plays in the game, the first of which was a beautiful catch along the left sideline as he reeled in a perfect pass and tapped his feet in, using every inch of his frame to make the play. He also scored the touchdown on 4th and goal to tie the game, showing his athleticism, savvy to make himself available for his quarterback and his receiving prowess all in one play.
2010 Week 13 vs SF (2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Was not targeted a lot but he made good on his 2 catches setting up a 2nd and 1 on his first catch and then making a 1st down for the Packers on his 2nd.
2010 Week 14 vs DET (2 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)
Nelson made both of his catches on the same drive, late in the 3rd quarter. First, a short reception with nowhere to run, followed by another in which he made a nice move and gained 18 yards on the play. The Packers often went to a 4 WR set, but outside of those two plays, Nelson wasn't even targeted.
2010 Week 15 vs NE (2 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
Nelson is really an afterthought now in this offense, but he caught one out in the flat and turned it up field for 16 yards on his lone target.
2010 Week 16 vs NYG (7 / 4 / 124 / 1 rec)
Nelson had 4 catches but he almost had a day's work done after the first drive. Nelson was able to get behind a defense that bit on a hard fake by Packers QB and ran easily downfield for a long touchdown. Nelson disappeared for most of the game after this as Jennings and Kuhn somewhat took over from the targets but Nelson showed he has the speed to play the slot very well and is a big play waiting to happen on seam routes.
2010 Week 17 vs CHI (2 / 2 / 39 / 0 rec)
Jordy Nelson made two nice catches in this game, one coming on a beautiful in-route that went for 25 yards in the 1st quarter as Rodgers bought time before firing it to Nelson. Nelson showed good awareness and great hands on the play as he appeared to adjust his route when he saw his quarterback in trouble.
2010 Week 19 vs ATL (8 / 8 / 79 / 1 rec)
Nelson had a short touchdown early in the game, and caught 7 other passes as Rodgers spread it around to his 4 WR's. Nelson runs great routes, and possesses very good athleticism. If the Falcons couldn't guard Jennings and Driver, they definitely didn't have anyone to guard Nelson and Jones.
2010 Week 20 vs CHI (5 / 4 / 67 / 0 rec)
Nelson was very effective on his timing-based play action routes, Twice, catching passes inside the five to set up Packer touchdowns, and also catching a 20-yard pass on the would-be scoring drive in the third quarter that ended with the Rodgers interception to Brian Urlacher. With James Jones set to enter free agency, Nelson could play a much larger role in the Packers offense next year.
2010 Week 21 vs PIT (0 / 9 / 140 / 1 rec)
Nelson torched William Gay and Anthony Madison all game, but he could have easily had an all-time Super Bowl performance if he hadn't dropped multiple passes. Still his long TD to open the game's scoring and 38-yard catch-and-run down to the two-yard line on the drive following the Mendenhall fumble were crucial plays and the Steelers generally had no answer for him.
2009 Week 2 vs CIN (1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Nelson was on the field for a number of snaps in the Green Bay spread sets, but only targeted once.
2009 Week 3 vs STL (5 / 3 / 46 / 0 rec)
Nelson looked to be the de facto number three receiver, getting one red zone look and equalling Donald Driver's number of targets at eight. He was used mainly as an intermediate threat, and looked brilliant when he beat the Rams safeties on a deep pattern, only to come up short on a pass that really should have caught for an easy touchdown.
2009 Week 4 vs MIN (4 / 3 / 47 / 1 rec)
Nelson stepped in on special teams when Will Blackmon left the game due to injury near the end of the first half. He wasn't the best replacement for Blackmon and even muffed a punt late in the fourth quarter, but he did an OK job filling in. On offense, he saw action on three and four receiver sets, coming up with a big TD reception over the middle to get the Packers back in the game. Unfortunately it wasn't enough, and the Packers eventually lost. Nelson's other two receptions came early in the 3rd quarter on the long drive that ended at the goal line.
2009 Week 6 vs DET (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Nelson was strictly used on special teams during week 6 and saw zero targets in the passing game. He left the game with a knee injury and might miss some time.
2009 Week 10 vs DAL (5 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec)
Making his return after a 3 week absence, Jordy Nelson looked strong in week 10. Nelson made a terrific effort on a red zone catch where he fought for extra yards while the Cowboys defensive back was holding one of his arms; he stretched forward and just missed a TD. Nelson remains an intriguing prospect on a pass happy offense.
2009 Week 11 vs SF (3 / 3 / 21 / 1 rec)
Nelson is clearly 100% after showing his speed, strength, and quicks on two short catches, including one scoring play. Nelson made the first tackler miss with a good move and then bulled through two more would-be tacklers on his short catch and run. He is marginal part of the Packers air attack, but he is displaying the talent to be a good fantasy option if he eventually becomes a starter in Green Bay.
2009 Week 12 vs DET (2 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)
Nelson was a mixed bag versus the Lions on Thanksgiving. He fumbled the opening kickoff return and out up a poor effort on a high pass from Rodgers later in the 1st quarter. Later in the game Nelson hauled in an impressive sideline grab for a 1st down. With James Jones emerging and healthy, Nelson has a very small role in the GB offense.
2009 Week 15 vs PIT (5 / 4 / 71 / 0 rec)
More than half of Nelson's yards came on catches in the first half desperation drive with little time on the clock, but he also made a beautiful adjustment on a pass in the second half for a big gain, showing that the Packers fourth receiver could start for a lot of teams.
2009 Week 16 vs SEA (1 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
Nelson did not factor in the game until late. He did some good work in the final quarter, getting open to help out his scrambling QB (Matt Flynn). In garbage time, he nearly snagged a deep one, showing good concentration but couldn't hang on as the defender was in his face.
2009 Week 17 vs ARI (1 / 1 / 51 / 0 rec)
Nelson only had 1 catch on the day but it did go for 51 yards, setting up an Aaron Rodgers TD on a QB sneak in the first quarter. He also had a nice 54-yard kickoff return late in the 4th quarter.
2009 Week 18 vs ARI (2 / 1 / 10 / 1 rec)
Nelson didn't make much of a difference in the return game, but he did snag a short throw from Rodgers inside the 10 and turn it into the score that made it 31-24 in the third quarter.
2008 Week 3 vs DAL (9 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)
Rookie WR Jordy Nelson looked hesitant at times including one play where he pulled up on his route to avoid a big hit. He also did not appear to drop back far enough to take a lateral from WR Donald Driver which resulted in the play being called back due to an illegal forward pass penalty. QB Aaron Rodgers continued to target the young receiver repeatedly in the fourth quarter.
2008 Week 4 vs TB (5 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)
Nelson caught four of his five targets, but he averaged only 7.8 yards per catch. His long reception of the game came on Green Bay's first drive when his 11 yard catch on a third down play gave the Packers a first down.
2008 Week 5 vs ATL (1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Nelson caught his only target of the game for a 14 yard gain.
2008 Week 6 vs SEA (4 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)
Jordy Nelson was used on a few short throws in the game and made some nice catches that turned into first downs. He took some hard hits but delivered just as much on defenders.
2008 Week 7 vs IND (2 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
WR Jordy Nelson was the third option at wide receiver for QB Aaron Rodgers.
2008 Week 9 vs TEN (3 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec)
Not many targets for Nelson, however he did look impressive when his number was called. Both catches were for first downs.
2008 Week 10 vs MIN (4 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Jordy Nelson had some gutsy possession receptions once again, but it wasn't a great day for any of the Packers WRs. Nelson went the wrong way on one route and it could have been a big play for the Packers.
2008 Week 11 vs CHI (3 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)
Nelson made a sliding catch late in the first quarter for a 19 yard gain, putting the Packers in the red zone. It was his only catch of the game.
2008 Week 12 vs NO (6 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
WR Jordy Nelson was the target on QB Aaron Rodgers' second interception. Nelson appeared to stop instead of finishing the route.
2008 Week 13 vs CAR (3 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)
Jordy Nelson played very gutsy again and was targeted mainly on third downs. He made two nice receptions for first downs to keep drives alive.
2008 Week 14 vs HOU (5 / 3 / 25 / 1 rec)
Nelson caught the second touchdown of his rookie season. He lost a 12 yard catch to a penalty, but picked up a ten yard gain on the very next play.
2008 Week 15 vs JAX (1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Nelson had a minimal impact on the game.
2008 Week 16 vs CHI (4 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)
Nelson had one catch for 15 yards in the first half and had another catch for 12 yards in the second half.