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Jordy Nelson with the tough stiff arm on Lions CB Alphonso Smith
The Packers’ 2011 leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns returns as the No. 2 receiver and gives the Packers perhaps the best tandem of receivers at the top of their depth chart.
His 2011 campaign was truly special and needs to be recognized.
According to Pro Football Focus, Nelson rated as the fourth-best receiver in football last year behind only Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and Wes Welker.
Nelson was seventh in the NFL in receiving yardage despite ranking 54th in snaps played at the receiver position. He caught 73.1 percent of balls thrown his way, which was third in the NFL amongst players who played over 600 snaps, and he ranked second in the NFL in yards per catch for players with over 50 receptions. Astounding numbers for a guy who will enter the year as the No. 2 receiver on the Packers’ depth chart.
The Kansas State product is just entering his prime going into his fifth season and continues to improve across the board. He’s a long strider who is deceptively fast, he has a knack for getting behind the defense and making plays down the field.
Like Jennings, Nelson is also a great natural receiver who seems to always catch the ball with his arms extended. He rarely drops the football and is as dependable as they come.
Nelson uses his big frame to shield smaller defenders from the ball, and with his natural receiving skills, he’s very difficult to contain.
As long as Aaron Rodgers is slinging the football in Green Bay, Nelson will continue to put up big numbers. He’s the one player on the roster who has the ability to eventually overtake Jennings for the top receiving spot.