Packers Jordy Nelson: 2012 Player Evaluation and Report Card

1) Introduction: Jordy Nelson entered the 2012 season coming off his best season as a professional. Nelson played a key role in the Packers’ 15-1 season a year ago, catching 68 passes for 1,263 yards and 15 touchdowns. And after an impressive showing this summer at training camp, it looked like Nelson was poised to build upon his breakout year in 2013.

2) Profile:

Jordan Raymond Nelson

  • Age: 27
  • Born: 05/31/1985, in Manhattan, KS
  • Height: 6’3″
  • Weight: 217
  • College: Kansas State
  • Rookie Year: 2008
  • NFL Experience: 5 years

 Career stats and more:

3) Expectations coming into the season: Because he played so well last season, most expected Nelson to have another stellar season in 2013. Dating back to the Packers’ Super Bowl run in the 2010 season, Nelson had been among the league’s most productive wide receivers. Anything short of a Pro Bowl-caliber season in 2012 would be a disappointment.

4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: The highlight of Nelson’s 2012 season was a two-game stretch in weeks six and seven. Against the Houston Texans and St. Louis Rams, Nelson caught a total of 17 passes for 243 yards and four touchdowns — that’s an average of 8.5 catches, 121.5 yards and two touchdowns per game. In the other ten games Nelson appeared in, he caught 32 balls for 502 yards and three touchdowns — an average of 3.2 catches, 50.2 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game.

5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: The injury bug bit the Packers hard in 2012, and wide receiver was the position affected most severely. When healthy, Nelson was terrific. But unfortunately for he and the team, he was only 100 percent healthy for a handful of games this past season. Nelson gave the defense another player to worry about when he was in the lineup, so he certainly had a positive impact on the team’s overall success.

6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Nelson played fairly well in the postseason, catching eight passes for 97 yards. He didn’t make any “wow” plays, but he helped pick up the slack for a hobbled Randall Cobb down the stretch.

Season Report Card:

(C) Level of expectations met during the season

(C) Contributions to team’s overall success.

(C) Contributions to team during the playoffs

Overall Grade: C


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9 Responses to “Packers Jordy Nelson: 2012 Player Evaluation and Report Card”

  1. SDPackfan says:

    C is right on the money. Need a B+ or better from Jordy in 2013.

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    • Marques Eversoll Marques Eversoll says:

      Absolutely. He’s capable of being the top guy. Neither Jordy nor Jones may be a true #1, but in my opinion, both are really good #2s. And that should be just fine.

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  2. Ron LC says:

    It became apparent at an early point of the season Jordy was playing injured. He never was able to get to “full speed” at any point. He stayed on the field, but it wasn’t the Jordy we expected to see. The biggest clue was his inability to get seperation.

    I assume the off-season is being used to get him 100% healthy. In addition so some preventative rehab to ensue he can play all season at an acceptable level. He must be an intregal part of the O this year.

    A young reciever with good potential is a must from the draft or FA. Ya, I know – no FA aver. But, I can wish can’t I?

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  3. John Rehor John Rehor says:

    C is perfect. Injured part of the year, and the offense felt it when he was out. But when healthy, made a difference.

    Need a much higher grade from the Packers #1 (or 1A w/Cobb) WR in 2013.

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  4. Tarynfor12 Tarynfor12 says:

    So Nelson who played the entire year with a lingering injury,contributed all season to get in the playoffs and Jennings who missed weeks and then has a few catches in the playoffs both get a C grade…wow!
    You honestly believe Jordy didn’t contribute more than Jennings?

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  5. Mike Sherman says:

    good grade. lets hope he stays healthy for next season. we also have to remember that Jordy had the hamstring issue for the 2nd half of the season too, which robbed him of his ability to get deep or run after the catch. lets keep our fingers crossed he stays healthy because he is a stud player when 100%.

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    • Marques Eversoll Marques Eversoll says:

      Thanks, coach Sherman. You’re absolutely right, Nelson’s injury lingered late into the season. He had a nice two-game stretch in the middle of the season, but he’ll need to stay healthy next year.

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