Green Bay Packers 2010 Player Evaluations — Offense — Jordy Nelson
1) Introduction: A former second round pick in 2008, Packers receiver Jordy Nelson has turned in a few productive yet unspectacular seasons during his first two years in Green Bay. Nelson averaged just over 27 catches and 343 yards per season from 2008-2009—numbers un-befitting a top 40 draft selection.
Heading into the 2010 season, one could have than made the argument that Nelson was the fourth, or maybe fifth, target in the Green Bay Packers passing game. With injuries to both Donald Driver and Jermichael Finley, however, Nelson began to emerge as a potential threat and had a breakout postseason.
Jordy Ray Nelson
Height: 6-3 Weight: 215 lbs.
3) Expectations coming into the season for that player: Somewhat low, but also unsure. Nelson started the season buried on the depth chart behind Greg Jennings, Driver and James Jones, and Finley was sure to become a focal point of the offense. Still, everyone knew that Nelson was capable of being a play-maker, but his lack of production in two previous seasons tempered any lofty expectations for 2010.
4) Player’s highlights/lowlights: Nelson had plenty of highlights during the season, and he capped it off with an impressive performance in the Super Bowl (9 receptions, 140 yards, 1 TD). Against the Steelers, Nelson caught the game’s first touchdown (29 yards) and set up the Packers final points with a catch-and-run play of 38 yards.
Nelson also had two important catches in the regular season. The first came in Week 12, where Nelson’s 10-yard TD catch in Atlanta tied the game at 17 with 57 seconds left in the game. His second—an 80-yard TD—opened the scoring in a must-win against the Giants in Week 16.
His season also had some low points, however. In Week 4 against the Lions, Nelson lost two fumbles that nearly cost the Packers a victory. He was promptly removed from kickoff return duties after that showing.
And despite his impressive statistical showing at the Super Bowl, Nelson also had three credited drops that potentially kept the Packers off the scoreboard. Overall, Nelson dropped more passes this season (10) than in his two previous years combined.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Nelson had just six catches in the season’s first four weeks, but he slowly became more of a factor once Finley was hurt in Washington. From that point on, Nelson caught 39 passes for 523 yards in the final 12 regular season games. While those aren’t staggering numbers, Nelson ranked second on the team in receptions after Finley was lost and was pivotal for the Packers during the stretch-run.
6) Player’s contributions during the 6-win end-of-season run: Nelson really shined once the stakes got higher for the Packers. During the final six games of the season, Nelson caught 27 passes for 449 yards and three touchdowns—far and away the best stretch of his career.
Nelson’s 80-yard touchdown against the Giants jumpstarted the Packers to a 45-point afternoon, and he finished the game with a then career-best 124 yards receiving. The next three games (Week 17-NFC Championship), Nelson registered 14 receptions and 185 yards before exploding onto the national stage at the Super Bowl.
He might always be remembered for his performance in Dallas, but Nelson was an impact player throughout the Packers’ final six-game winning streak.
Season Report Card:
(B) Level of expectations met during the season
(B-) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(A-) Contributions to team’s success during the playoff run (last 6 games)
Overall Grade for the year: B——————
Zach Kruse is a 23-year-old sports journalist with a passion for the Green Bay Packers. He currently lives in Wisconsin and is working on his journalism degree, while also covering prep sports for The Dunn Co. News.
You can read more of Zach's Packers articles on AllGreenBayPackers.com.Follow @zachkruse2