Few receivers in the NFL are as talented as Jordy Nelson, who remains one of the stars in the Green Bay Packers’ explosive offense.
It was evident in 2015 just how important Nelson was to the Packers, but he made it crystal clear with a triumphant return last year.
Despite turning 31 before the season and returning after a year-long absence and a torn ACL, Nelson picked up where he left off in 2014 and put together one of his most impressive seasons to date.
Can we expect more of the same in 2017?
Playing in all 16 games, Nelson caught 97 passes (second-most in his career) for 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns. He led the league in touchdowns and finished sixth in receiving yards. According to Pro Football Focus, Nelson played on 93.28 percent of the team’s offensive snaps.
Nelson, along with the entire Packers offense, made a slow start to the year. This was hardly surprising as he had missed a year with a torn ACL and didn’t feature at all in any of the four preseason games.
While Nelson wasn’t burning defenses deep routinely like he did in 2014, he was still a highly effective receiver. Spending more time in the slot, Nelson got open often and reestablished his connection with Aaron Rodgers.
After taking a helmet to the ribs in the Packers’ wild-card win over the Giants, there were fears his season was over. Nelson missed the following week’s game against the Cowboys, but played hurt just two weeks after breaking his ribs in the NFC Championship Game, where he caught six passes for 67 yards and a touchdown.
Nelson and Davante Adams combined for 26 touchdowns on the season.
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