Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson is working his way back from an ACL injury that sidelined him for the entire 2015 season.
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Nelson Discusses Rehab Progress
Monday, April 18
Nelson told reporters he'll "do everything" during the Packers' offseason workouts, but the workload has yet to be determined. The wideout added he has yet to resume running routes, but that's the next step in his progression.
Nelson also said he isn't worried about losing some of his ability after the injury: "It's waste of time if you do. Because if I do lose a step, there's nothing you can do about it."
Thompson, McCarthy Comment on Nelson's Progress
Thursday, Feb. 25
Nelson's working hard, according to Packers general manager Ted Thompson, who told Around The NFL on Thursday that Nelson is a "workout rehab freak” and that he looks "great."
Thompson even joked that "you sometimes wonder if he was really hurt."
Head coach Mike McCarthy echoed those sentiments Thursday, per the Packers' official Twitter account: "Jordy (Nelson) looks great...I'm not worried about him getting back to where he was. He's way ahead of schedule. ... By the time training camp comes around, I don't see him having any limitations."
Nelson's Return Will Provide Added Dimension to Packers Offense
The Packers lost Nelson three weeks before the regular season started in an exhibition game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in August, as the NFL showed:
It looked harmless at the time when Nelson fell to the ground after making a reception in the game's opening drive, but instead, the Packers found themselves without their top receiver.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense suffered without him. The passing game was ranked 25th in the league, and Rodgers had his worst 15- or 16-game season since taking over the starting role in 2008.
McCarthy realized just how much Nelson's absence hurt the team, per Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette:
Philosophically to me, to have a successful passing game you have to have big targets that can turn through the middle of the field, whether it's a tight end, whether it's a big receiver. You look at the production of Jordy when he went inside, you look at the production when he was inside, now you're dictating to the defense what coverage they can play to you. When you don't have that element or the element to complement that, you see what we saw this year.
Nelson and Rodgers have created a solid duo since 2011. They've hooked up for 39 touchdowns since then, as Nelson's become a big-play threat. Of his 49 touchdown receptions, 14 of them were from 50 or more yards out.
The NFL showed just one instance of how well the two work together:
Getting this kind of update has to be uplifting for Packers fans and, more importantly, Rodgers. A Nelson-less Green Bay went 10-6 in 2015, and the team saw its season end in the NFC Divisional Round against the Arizona Cardinals.
A healthy Nelson is going to be a huge boost that ensures the Packers' meager pass offense from last season won't carry over into 2016.
Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.