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Nelson Starts Off Camp With A Bang

Jordy Nelson bikes back from Training Camp

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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mark's picture

Reading this gets me so pumped up. Go Jordy. Go Pack Go!!!

nypacker's picture

"Pro Bowl quarterback Aaron Rodger" wow how nice of a ring that has to it. :)

nypacker's picture

Edit: Rodgers

Jersey Al's picture

As I have said many times, Jordy > Jones. You hit the nail on the head with the "comfort" thing. Nelson is more likely to be where Rodgers expects him to be when he looks his way. Jones' route running is not as precise. Rodgers and Nelson are developing that "feel" for each other.

Jones will still get his chances, but this is the year Nelson makes an impact on this team.

SpiderPack's picture

I agree. Jordy's got "it." The chemistry, instincts, the right kind of confidence that connects with Rodgers. I remember the first time I saw him catch a pass in the '08 season, I was ignited, you can see it in his posture & movements.

CSS's picture

Matt Bowen weighing in from NFP:

Sorry if I'm jumping the 'daily links' gun. Great read.


FITZCORE1252's picture

Heard nothing but good things about Jordy this off-season. I would hate to be a DC drawing up a game-plan against our 4 starting caliber WR's. Then you throw in 88... WHEW. Sweat dreams DC's.

Brian, you've been there for the practices, has Jordy been getting much separation down-field, or is he just out positioning the DB's?


CSS's picture

One thing I've noticed about Nelson (and, in effect, the Nelson/Rodgers connection) is Nelson's uncanny ability to quickly recognize protection breakdowns at the line of scrimmage and immediately make his way back to the QB.

IMHO, Nelson has developed the fastest recognition among the WR's when the play breaks down and Rodgers knows/has faith Nelson will be working back to him. Nelson is growing in the position, but you can really see the connection between the two players during the last few years when a play breaks down.

This screams 'confidence' in Nelson from Rodgers to me.

Ron LC's picture

Off Topic:

Chilly is having an 11:30 CST News Conf. Minn. Star Trib and Ap reporting that bent is retiring for the third time in as many years

FITZCORE1252's picture


CSS's picture

I will believe it in October. Scenario 1: He left em' high-n'-dry with Chilly enabling the circus, what an ass.

Scenario 2: A 41 year-old hall of fame QB shamelessly whoring for attention. Either way, the media love-fest will hopefully draw the unwarrented love down a notch and get a bit more critical about a grown man acting like a pre-pubescent adolescent.

FITZCORE1252's picture

Holy shit! I'm so torn. I really wanted to beat his ass twice in purple, but I know he's the queens best chance at winning. At least he won't embaress himself in purple anymore and the healing can begin.




FITZCORE1252's picture

I was just getting ready to go to bed too. That ain't happening for awhile, DAMNIT!


CSS's picture

Seriously, just go to sleep. This is unlikely to be resolved until early September, that's too long to go without sleep.

FITZCORE1252's picture

LOL. You're right, I 'SHOULD' know better, but he can't waffle again. Can he???

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