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February

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