GREEN BAY – Training camp is only three days and four practices old, but wide receiver Jordy Nelson has been one of the more impressive players to emerge over the course of the past few days.
Nelson has become a favorite target of Pro Bowl quarterback Aaron Rodgers, such as during today's 7-on-7 session when Rodgers hit Nelson on a deep, corner/fade route against good coverage by cornerback Pat Lee.
"I feel real comfortable," said Nelson. "Every day, every year, it gets better. It's just confidence, being comfortable with the playbook, A-Rod, the other receivers and coaches. It's totally understanding what they want.
"It's one thing to know what route you have and it's another thing to know how to run it against certain things. That's just where you develop and get a feel for A-Rod and Matt Flynn and getting a comfort level there and the confidence with each other."
And that's what it's been like all three days so far, Nelson a security blanket for Rodgers. A trusted, reliable target. Of note has been a couple snags along the sideline where Nelson has done a nice job of staying in bounds while making the catch.
The stellar play from Nelson continues a trend that began during the offseason Organized Team Activities and minicamp that received praise from head coach Mike McCarthy.
The debate over who's going to win the No. 3 wide receiver job is overrated. Both Nelson and James Jones are going to play a similar amount of snaps barring injury, and head coach Mike McCarthy thinks the two have both been impressive throughout two days of training camp.
"I tell you what, Jordy Nelson and James Jones, I’m very pleased with those two guys," said McCarthy following today's practice. "I thought they had outstanding springs, and they really picked up right where they left off. I think Jordy and James have really stepped up their game."
Nelson has been found streaking down the field a couple times during training camp, and he's happy to be a deep threat, if it works out that way.
"It's always good when they throw to you," said Nelson. "With our training camp schedule right now, you're going to get your routes, your reps and everything else. You just got to go out, run your routes and get open. And if they throw you the ball, make the most of it, catch the ball and keep moving forward. Every day is a new day. We've got a lot more practices and reps to come so you just got to keep working at it."
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