Jordy Nelson Continues to Prove He's an Elite Receiver for the Green Bay Packers

Matt SteinCorrespondent IIOctober 28, 2013

Jordy Nelson deserves to be recognized as an elite receiver.
Jordy Nelson deserves to be recognized as an elite receiver.

The Green Bay Packers started the season with three extremely talented starting wide receivers. For the past two weeks, they've been down to just one: Jordy Nelson.

In those two games, Nelson has not only proved to be the No. 1 receiver for the Packers, he's proved that he needs to be considered an elite receiver.

His performance Sunday night against the Minnesota Vikings was a reminder of that.

Nelson finished the game with seven receptions, 123 yards and two touchdowns. One of his touchdowns went for 76 yards, which brought about this interesting piece of information from ESPN Stats & Info:

This was with receivers Jarrett Boykin and Myles White lining up alongside Nelson. The Vikings knew that the ball was going to come to Nelson, and they still couldn't stop him. 

That's how good Nelson is.

While Nelson came into the league as a speedy receiver who could make big plays down the field, he's refined his game to the point where he can make an impact at any level. Whether it's short slant patterns for first downs or the famous Packers comeback route, Nelson is able to beat defensive backs in a number of ways.

However, the impressive statistics don't do enough justice for just how big of an impact player Nelson is for Green Bay.

Of Nelson's seven receptions, two came on third downs and one came on a fourth down. One of those third-down receptions also went for a touchdown.

It's those type of big plays at crucial moments that make Nelson one of the premier receivers in the league. Furthermore, Nelson doesn't just make a positive impact for Green Bay as a receiver with the ball in his hands.

If you're coming up with a list of the top receivers in the league and Nelson isn't near the top, you're doing something wrong.

Something very, very wrong.