The Green Bay Packers and Jordy Nelson are both looking forward to a full off-season as they head into the 2017 season.
The last couple years have been tough on Packers star wide receiver in terms of injuries. Early in 2015 preseason, Nelson tore his ACL and didn’t play the entire season. Last year he missed some of the off-season as he recovered from his ACL injury the year before. He didn’t miss time during the regular season and was a big part of why the Packers were able to get to the playoffs as he had a very Jordy-like season following the knee injury. However, he did suffer broken ribs in the wildcard weekend and missed the divisional round game, before coming back for the conference championship.
Per scout.com, Nelson says that he needs practice to be the player he needs to on the football field.
“I’m a guy who needs practice, I truly believe that,” Nelson said. “I need to practice. I want to practice. That was one of the most exciting things for me last year during the season, I didn’t miss a practice. It allowed me to continue to fine-tune throughout the season. I think we saw how that progressed. It’s fun, because I don’t have to worry about anything. When we go work out these next couple weeks, I’ll be doing everything. When we go to IPWs and OTAs, there won’t be anything to hold me back. That’s an exciting part, which will allow me to fine-tune for Week 1 and progress from there.”
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Therefore, Nelson is looking forward to the upcoming off-season. He is fully recovered from all his past injuries and looks to get completely back to his form prior to the ACL injury in 2015. Yes, he was phenomenal last year, but he still lacked that burst in the deep game that he had before the injury, a year later and a full off-season to work out will only help him get back to that elite level that he never left from.
Add in the pair of tight ends (Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks), along with the improving of Davante Adams last year, and we can no longer see teams put all the attention on Nelson. Let’s also not forget that Randall Cobb is still there. I see the upcoming year being the best yet for the veteran wide receiver. Sure, he has more players to worry about on his own offense to take away the stats that would usually go to him, but he also will see less double teams. He also may not always get the opposing top corner on his side of the field.
If Green Bay can somehow fix this defense, the 2017 year has a chance to be special!