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Packers’ coaches consider Jordy Nelson “an elite receiver”

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Packers receiver Jordy Nelson had a career year in 2011, with 1,263 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns, but to hear the Packers’ coaches talk, that might become the new normal for Nelson.

Green Bay wide receivers coach Edgar Bennett says Nelson isn’t just a good receiver, he’s a great receiver. And he’s a receiver who has shown in training camp that he’s getting even better.

“This guy just continues to improve. He is an elite receiver,” Bennett told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “He has those three ‘S’ words: size strength and speed. This guy is a difference-maker. You know, it’s easy to say something like that. But when you watch the guy work and what he puts into it, then you can see it. Now we have to get to the games and let the games speak for themselves.”

Nelson doesn’t have the physical gifts of Calvin Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald, and he hasn’t had the production of Wes Welker or Victor Cruz, and it would be hard to place Nelson in the elite category of those receivers. Nelson seems more like a very good receiver in an offense that makes perfect use of his skills than an elite receiver who could put up big numbers in any offense.

But Green Bay’s coaching staff insists that Nelson is not just good but great.

“He’s been outstanding,” offensive coordinator Tom Clements said. “He’s a great player.”

If Nelson is as good as his coaches say he is, it would be interesting to hear them explain why he only caught two touchdown passes a year in each of his first three seasons in the Packers’ offense. But the coaching staff seems to expect a lot more 15-touchdown seasons from Nelson in the future.

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  1. thetokyosandblaster says: Aug 8, 2012 12:23 PM

    Exactly. He hasn’t had the production of Cruz. After all, 15 TDs to Cruz’ 9?

    How DARE they insinuate Nelson is as productive as Cruz.

    lol

    Grow up.

  2. clarkisgod says: Aug 8, 2012 12:24 PM

    To say that Nelson isn’t as productive or as elite as Victor Cruz may be one of the dumbest things I have ever read on this site.

  3. glac1 says: Aug 8, 2012 12:25 PM

    Tough to catch 15 td passes when your playing with several good to great receivers! One thing Jordy has over the “elite” receivers you mentioned is… his attitude. Doesn’t complain, is a good team mate and never complains. That’s rare for someone today who plays that position!

  4. dccowboy says: Aug 8, 2012 12:25 PM

    “Packers’ coaches consider Jordy Nelson “an elite receiver””

    As Jody Nelson’s Agent starts salivating….

  5. sterilizecromartie says: Aug 8, 2012 12:25 PM

    Interesting how you squeezed Cruz into that “elite” discussion. He had one good year, just like Nelson had.

  6. pudgalvin says: Aug 8, 2012 12:29 PM

    Can’t believe I’m going to defend a packer, but Calvin Johnson didn’t put up great numbers his firs few years either. The dude might have the best Hands in the league to go along with his size and speed.

  7. bubba9er says: Aug 8, 2012 12:29 PM

    By definition, Jordy Nelson is an elite receiver. Stats don’t lie, and he only started 9 games.

  8. thepunkyqb says: Aug 8, 2012 12:31 PM

    What a joke! seriously though…5 of his 15 TD’s last season were over 50 yards and 2 were over 37 yards. That just doesn’t hapoen two years in a row. Not from a fairly above average Wideout. He will have no more than 10 TD’s this year…and that is with me beig generous.

  9. tshirttom says: Aug 8, 2012 12:32 PM

    Good receiver but don’t put him with Megatron and Fitzgerald…they are at a different level

  10. mvp43 says: Aug 8, 2012 12:32 PM

    Nelson’s TD numbers last year were the result of not only his talent, but also Rodgers confidence in him. Don’t forget the Packers have Jennings, Cobb, Driver and Jones at receiver plus Finley at TE. There’s only one ball, so you better read the defense and get open. That’s what he did…….scary

  11. 13forgbp says: Aug 8, 2012 12:32 PM

    Did you just put Victor Cruz in the same category as Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald? After producing a whole one year? Really? Insane.

  12. packman331 says: Aug 8, 2012 12:35 PM

    As a Packers fan, I disagree… he is a great weapon, in 1 on 1, off the backside. But, when Jennings was hurt, and the attention turned to him, he disappeared. He is great to have as part of a compliment of weapons, but elite– hardly. Now, that being said, what do you expect a coach to say to the media

  13. rpiotr01 says: Aug 8, 2012 12:36 PM

    Didn’t we learn a lesson from Eli Manning last year? Semantic games – elite vs. great vs. very good. Who cares? He’s a talented guy capable of putting together big numbers for a stretch, and he looks poised to do it again this year.

  14. dino33624 says: Aug 8, 2012 12:36 PM

    A lot of people look elite on that Team but what would happen if they left, we will see Mr. Flynn.

  15. binkystevens says: Aug 8, 2012 12:39 PM

    Pretty simple, actually. He was buried as #3 or #4 on the depth chart until winning the #2 job last year. This guy is elite and he is a beast. To get 1250 yards as a #2 receiver is an impressive feat. I don’t care what offense he works in. Also, his production actually improved when Jennings went down last year, which shows he has what it takes to be a true #1.

  16. contra74 says: Aug 8, 2012 12:40 PM

    Mike McCarthy and Clay Matthews have already told everyone what they are with their “Giants didnt beat us!” remarks.

    Hopefully Jordy has a good head on his shoulder and can admit that they got beat by the better team that day.

  17. arrogantathlete says: Aug 8, 2012 12:43 PM

    Good think packers got him on the cheap

  18. borderrivals says: Aug 8, 2012 12:44 PM

    Since when did Victor Cruz get into that elite WR category? He’s as much an unknown and one-year wonder as Jordy. Just as its early to call Jordy an elite WR, I think it’s equally premature to call Cruz an elite WR.

  19. stivbatorswreckedmycar says: Aug 8, 2012 12:45 PM

    Nelson has great physical gifts. Ran a 10.6 100 meters in high school, won the State Championship at 100, 200, 400 and Long Jump. He benches 300. Surely faster than Fitz and probably stronger than both Fitz and Johnson and Cruz…

  20. tomnickle says: Aug 8, 2012 12:46 PM

    It’s thoughts like “a very good receiver playing in a great offense” that have motivated Nelson. During the Packers’ Superbowl season Greg Jennings and Donald Driver were both very vocal about opposing teams disrespecting Nelson because of the colour of his skin and thinking he had modest skills. Well, he absolutely tore through the playoffs that year with 21 catches, 286 yards and two touchdowns in the Packers’ three playoff games. He’s no Larry Fitzgerald sure. But to say he doesn’t have the production of a Victor Cruz is ridiculous. Cruz has had one good NFL season in an offense where he was a featured weapon. Nelson has to be elite to be a featured player in an offense that has Greg Jennings, Jermichael Finley, James Jones, Donald Driver and now Randall Cobb.

    Perhaps if Nelson were a New York Giant Victor Cruz’s production would look “very good”.

  21. johnnytubetop says: Aug 8, 2012 12:46 PM

    Call him what you want, but I’d take Nelson/Rodgers over Fitzgerald/Skelton/Kolb any day of the week.

  22. beastmodeeeee says: Aug 8, 2012 12:48 PM

    “If Nelson is as good as his coaches say he is, it would be interesting to hear them explain why he only caught two touchdown passes a year in each of his first three seasons in the Packers’ offense. But the coaching staff seems to expect a lot more 15-touchdown seasons from Nelson in the future.”

    ummm because sometimes it takes time to develop?

    i find it hard to believe you actually get paid to contribute to this site.

  23. greglloydrules says: Aug 8, 2012 12:49 PM

    Watching him torch my Steelers in the Super Bowl isn’t the only reason I agree that he’s an elite receiver. I think he’s top 5. Roddy White is considered a top 5 WR and I think Nelson is better. And why is Victor Cruz considered an Elite WR? Yes he broke out of nowhere last season but we’re yet to see if he can repeat. Mike Wallace isn’t considered an elite WR yet he’s been consistently productive for a few years now.

  24. steeelfann says: Aug 8, 2012 12:50 PM

    I think the Steelers wanted him outt KSU but the Packers grabbed him right before, and the Steelers got stuck with Limas Sweed.

    I am not sure what else you need in physicality from a receiver. The guy is 6’3″ / 215# and ran a 10.6 hundred meters when he was in high school. Plenty fast and plenty big.

    I wish we had him.

  25. westcoastpack says: Aug 8, 2012 12:50 PM

    Jordy Nelson is easily one of the best deep ball receivers in game if not the best already. Nelson is a long strider with elite top end speed who runs great routes, if he’s not elite now, he’s very close.

  26. mp4pack says: Aug 8, 2012 12:51 PM

    Ok yeah, clearly he’s no Victor Cruz, I mean he did only have 6 more td’s than Cruz last year, and he’s only done it for one year while Cruz has such a broad body of work. You can try comparing every reciever to Victor Cruz though, it’s an impossible comparison and just isn’t fair.

  27. itssocoldinthed says: Aug 8, 2012 12:54 PM

    This is the year that will affirm or disaffirm that claim. I personally think that he can back it up and build on last years prodution, but it remains to be seen. This much is true: there’s enough to go around in that offense.

  28. luckyexpert says: Aug 8, 2012 12:54 PM

    Cruz had 1536 yds and 9 TDs, Nelson had 1263yds and 15TDs…. One could argue cruz doesn’t quite have the production as nelson.

    must have been a giants fan writing this article…

  29. bobnelsonjr says: Aug 8, 2012 1:04 PM

    His only competition are the other Packers receivers.

    Calvin Johnson may be a larger target but Nelson is faster. The other names mentioned are not as good as Nelson.

    Perhaps only Greg Jennings is as good as Jordy Nelson but both are improving each season.

    What is known is that the Packers have 2 of the top 3 WR’s in the NFL and 3 or 4 of the top 10 WR’s in the league.

  30. 15to12 says: Aug 8, 2012 1:05 PM

    Megahoax has the exact same physical attributes of a top flight tight end. He isn’t really WR fast, but he is huge and has great vertical. He runs shoddy routes. He was targeted like 60 more times than jordy Nelson and had almost the same numbers. He takes plays off.

    Jordy Nelson is white, that’s about all you need to know.

  31. boiler72 says: Aug 8, 2012 1:06 PM

    I’ve watched him quite a bit – Nelson’s greatest attribute, is his route-running. That dude never, ever runs the wrong route. He drops his share (like in the Super Bowl), but he runs everything 100% playbook text. Great player.

  32. goapp says: Aug 8, 2012 1:09 PM

    “he is a great weapon, in 1 on 1, off the backside. But, when Jennings was hurt, and the attention turned to him, he disappeared”

    Yeah he disappeared on his way to 306 yards and 5 TDs in 3 games…

  33. minnesconsin says: Aug 8, 2012 1:10 PM

    I don’t think anyone could make the argument that Jordy is on par w/ Calvin or Fitzgerald — but for the love of god, neither is Victor Cruz. I honestly can’t believe you used Cruz as an example of someone “elite” who Nelson falls short of:

    Cruz in 2011:
    131 targets / 82 catches / 1536 yards / 9 TDs / 18.7 per rec/ approximate value of 13.

    Nelson in 2011:
    96 targets / 68 catches / 1263 yards / 15 TDs / 18.6 per rec/ approximate value of 15.

    Cruz had 35 more targets than Nelson, good for 12th in the league. Green Bay didn’t have a receiver in the top 40 in targets. I’m not sure there’s a player in the league who made more of his opportunities than Nelson did last year

    I’ll take the 6 extra TD’s over the 14 catches and handful of yards Cruz had, any day. The game is about scoring points.

  34. scottyjoints says: Aug 8, 2012 1:10 PM

    Not elite physical gifts as fitz or megatron. But deceptively fast and a very hard worker with nice size and the ability to high point. Go back and watch the film of him @ K-state vs texas a few years ago single handedly demolished the long horns.
    Coming into the NFL he was still a developemental project as he was a walk on in college who played QB in HS and started out at safety in college. Also missed most of his junior year with injuries.
    Maybe not elite but I would say a top 15 bordering on top ten in the league.

  35. gregm5s7 says: Aug 8, 2012 1:11 PM

    Jordy really came into his own the 2nd half of 2010 season + playoffs…with Jermichael Finley going down week 5 it freed up more passes to go his way. Isn’t most production in the passing game dependent on trust built with the QB? Obviously he has gained it and that is probably is the biggest factor. Before him and James Jones were splitting their snaps. Also, Driver being in the process of getting phased out is a factor as well.

    So you have a combination of things…Finley injury…Seperating himself from Jones…gaining Rodgers trust with increased snaps…Driver’s tenure coming to an end.

    I’d compare him to a slightly less physical, but better top end speed version of Dez Bryant

  36. danandtardy says: Aug 8, 2012 1:12 PM

    “packman331 says:
    Aug 8, 2012 12:35 PM

    As a Packers fan, I disagree… he is a great weapon, in 1 on 1, off the backside. But, when Jennings was hurt, and the attention turned to him, he disappeared.”

    Stat line from the 3 games Jennings was hurt:

    @KC 2 catches, 29 yards, 0 TDs
    vs CHI 6 catches, 115 yards, 2 TDs
    vs DET 9 catches, 162 yards, 3 TDs

    Aside from the KC game, when the whole offense disappeared, I’d say he did fine with the attention on him.

    I’d say Jordy is a great athlete with a great attitude, who came from a school (Kansas) that didn’t make him as pro-ready as Calvin and Fitz. He isn’t in the category of Megatron or Fitz or even Welker, because it’s early in his career compared to them. They are time proven. He is in the category of Cruz, however (kinda shot yourself in the foot on that one Micheal).

    All i can say is it’s great watching him play and I’m glad he is a Packer.

  37. johnnyb216 says: Aug 8, 2012 1:13 PM

    Clearly he’s just “system wide receiver”. And of course everybody already knows that these “systems” just run themselves and require little talent from anybody who plays in them.

  38. bakler5 says: Aug 8, 2012 1:15 PM

    Victor Cruz career stats: 82 rec 1536 yds 9 tds
    Victor Cruz yearly average: 41 rec 768 yds 4.5 tds

    Jordy Nelson career stats: 168 rec 2531 yds 21 tds
    Jordy Nelson yearly average: 42 rec 632 yds 5.25 tds

  39. acdc84 says: Aug 8, 2012 1:16 PM

    “…and he hasn’t had the production of Wes Welker or Victor Cruz, and it would be hard to place Nelson in the elite category of those receivers.”

    Cruz? Really? Last I checked both these WRs have had exactly one big-time season. Cruz beat Nelson is receptions 82-68 and yards 1536-1263, and Nelson beat Cruz in TDs 15-9. Equally impressive years. They both have one SB win in which they each caught a TD.

    I’m not saying Nelson is elite; I’m saying both these guys would need to put up a couple more 2011-type years to be in the same conversation as Megatron/Fitz/Welker, and even then CJ and Fitz would be a notch above.

  40. pilot2011 says: Aug 8, 2012 1:22 PM

    actually Jordy Nelson is a more accomplished receiver than Victor Cruz and I think most outside of NY and UMass would agree that Jordy Nelson is the better player straight up.

    But they both have a ways to go before they can be put in the same category with the other NFC greats like Fitz, Mega, and 89.

  41. acdc84 says: Aug 8, 2012 1:23 PM

    “As Jody Nelson’s Agent starts salivating….”

    Kudos to TT for giving him a 3 year, $13.5M extension last October right before he exploded. I’d rather have Jordy for $4.5M a year than CJ for $16.5M. Allows TT to keep the core intact.

  42. chalkruz1989 says: Aug 8, 2012 1:26 PM

    Saying Jordy Nelson is an ‘elite’ receiver is a knock on Larry Fitzgerald, Calving Johnson, Andre Johnson and Wes Welker. Jordy Nelson has never been the subject of double-teams or opponent’s game-plans or his team’s number one receiver. Nelson is a good receiver, I like him for his strength and deceptive speed, but elite does not define him. I don’t get why we can’t just appreciate a player instead of tabbing them as ‘elite’ or ‘overrated.’

  43. ebrownwareagle says: Aug 8, 2012 1:28 PM

    This guy is hardly elite. Good yes. Against the 4th and 5th Db on the depth chart with all the 4 and 5 WR sets GB run. But as the Number 1 guy. Not hardly. Peerless Price. Without a Eric Moulds , that just what he will Become without a Greg Jennings.

  44. walleyejon says: Aug 8, 2012 1:31 PM

    Can someone direct me to the chart that shows where good turns to very good and very good becomes elite? Just curious because 15 receiving TDs in one season is tied for 19th place ALL TIME.

  45. omegaichiban says: Aug 8, 2012 1:39 PM

    You know who is elite (whom?) Donald Driver, the guy who didn’t poop the bed in the SB and caught all the passes thrown to him. Put Nelson with M-Tron and there’s a problem, Fitz, not so much because they have qb issues, but nelson is a beast, Cruz is a beast, get over it.

  46. erikkramer1gamewonder says: Aug 8, 2012 1:43 PM

    glac1 says:
    Aug 8, 2012 12:25 PM

    “One thing Jordy has over the “elite” receivers you mentioned is… his attitude. Doesn’t complain, is a good team mate and never complains. That’s rare for someone today who plays that position!”
    ==================================

    You’re going to have to point out to me when Calvin Johnson complained and was a bad teammate….I must of missed it.

  47. ebrownwareagle says: Aug 8, 2012 1:52 PM

    Jordy Nelson is hardly elite. Good yes great of coarse not. Against the 3rd and 4th Db when they go 4 and 5 WR sets. Yeah he good. As the head dog. Not hardly. Peerless Price without Eric Moulds is just what Jordy would be without Greg Jennings.

  48. marko959 says: Aug 8, 2012 1:58 PM

    Hmmm…..Calvin Johnson not as fast as Jordy Nelson? Johnson ran a sub 4.4 40 yard dash, and I believe Nelson ran a sub 4.5. I’m a Packers fan, but let’s not go into fantasy land. Jordy Nelson is a very good receiver, maybe top 10. But all that ranking crap is relative anyway. The comment about Cruz is absurd. You should know better, Michael. Let Nelson and Cruz both put up another 1 or 2 big years, then maybe we can place them in the Megatron, Fitzgerald category. I don’t believe Nelson or Cruz strike fear into the heart of defenses like Calvin Johnson does.

  49. emperorzero says: Aug 8, 2012 2:07 PM

    No one has the physical talent that Megatron and Fitzgerald has. I think Andre Johnson is a better receiver than Jordy, but I can’t think of any other receiver that I think is clearly superior to Nelson.

    He needs another big year to solidify himself, but I think he is a B+/A- receiver.

  50. mvp43 says: Aug 8, 2012 2:09 PM

    Jordy is the best player with the name Jordy in the league right now.

  51. foosball11 says: Aug 8, 2012 2:11 PM

    packman331 says:Aug 8, 2012 12:35 PM

    As a Packers fan, I disagree… he is a great weapon, in 1 on 1, off the backside. But, when Jennings was hurt, and the attention turned to him, he disappeared. He is great to have as part of a compliment of weapons, but elite– hardly. Now, that being said, what do you expect a coach to say to the media
    ———————————————————-
    In the 3 games Jennings missed, Nelsons stat line was 17-306-5, that is not disappering.

  52. dwarftosser says: Aug 8, 2012 2:11 PM

    Elite? Depends on how you define it. He’s no Megatron, but he would be the #1 receiver on over half the teams in the NFL. The Packers receiving squad is the best collective unit in the NFL, but with so many weapons none of them are going to end up with elite level stats… I’m still not sure I would place him ahead of Jennings.

    Also… Victor Cruise elite? He would be in a fight for the #4 spot on the Packers, and my money would be on Cobb.

  53. wildcatsteeler says: Aug 8, 2012 2:13 PM

    “I’d say Jordy is a great athlete with a great attitude, who came from a school (Kansas) that didn’t make him as pro-ready as Calvin and Fitz.”

    Danandtardy, please correct your opinion of Jordy to reflect the correct school. Jordy played at Kansas State, not Kansas.

  54. stivbatorswreckedmycar says: Aug 8, 2012 2:20 PM

    Why is a guy who runs a 10.6 in high school, wins every sprint and the long jump at the State Championship have deceptive speed? What is so deceiving about his speed? And who is deceived by it?

  55. telergy says: Aug 8, 2012 2:21 PM

    You guys…

    Yes, production (stats) is somtimes solely used as the bottomline when comparing one receiver to the next but theres more to being an elite receiver that than scoring touchdowns and yards.

    Elite receivers are players who can run all the routes in the route tree, block, has speed, quickness, strength, size, seperation ability, ability to beat press coverage and understands the nuances of game.

    JORDY CAN DO ALL OF THAT

    He is not necessarily a product of a system or Aaron Rodgers. Watch him perform, hes a very good receiver.

  56. erikkramer1gamewonder says: Aug 8, 2012 2:28 PM

    15to12 says:
    Aug 8, 2012 1:05 PM
    Megahoax has the exact same physical attributes of a top flight tight end. He isn’t really WR fast, but he is huge and has great vertical. He runs shoddy routes. He was targeted like 60 more times than jordy Nelson and had almost the same numbers. He takes plays off.

    Jordy Nelson is white, that’s about all you need to know.
    ==================================

    Please stop mouthing off about things you know nothing about. The only accurate things you said in that statement were the number of targets and the fact that Jordy Nelson is white.

    Johnson runs a 4.35 forty, and you think that’s not “wide-receiver fast”?

    His route-running was raw his first two years, but he’s show quantam improvement each year thereafter and is very good route runner (not to the level of Welker, Fitz, and A. Johnson, but he has a lot less experience than them).

    And I have no idea where you get the notion he takes “plays off”. You’ve been listening to Cris Carter too much.

    Yes, Nelson’s catch rate is 10% higher, but it’s hard to match Nelson’s catch rate when you’re being constantly double-teamed and have to face the opposing #1 corner instead of a nickle back.

  57. foul83 says: Aug 8, 2012 2:30 PM

    Jordy One-Time has been sick since back in Madden ’09. Guy catches everything over the middle.

  58. lbpackfan says: Aug 8, 2012 2:33 PM

    contra74 –

    Don’t you and your Vikes have your week 1 Super Bowl for the 2012 season to worry about?

  59. insanelomein2 says: Aug 8, 2012 2:53 PM

    I’d consider Jordy Nelson to be a reliable receiver not an elite receiver.

    Jennings, Driver, Finley, then Nelson in my opinion is how the options go for Rodgers.

  60. purpleguy says: Aug 8, 2012 3:16 PM

    What a lame debate — the guy is good, has speed, has good hands, fits within the Pack’s system and is a good guy. Who the hell cares if he’s labelled elite.

  61. goapp says: Aug 8, 2012 3:33 PM

    omegaichiban:
    “You know who is elite (whom?) Donald Driver, the guy who didn’t poop the bed in the SB”

    Donald Driver was standing on the sidelines during the “SB”…

  62. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Aug 8, 2012 3:40 PM

    Doesn’t matter if he’s elite or not, the Packers always find talent.

  63. tozzi7 says: Aug 8, 2012 3:44 PM

    I am glad the Packers locked up Jordy to a contract extension when they did last summer. Great value for the next few years.
    And someone earlier said Nelson disappeared when Jennings got hurt- he are his stats from the last three regular season games- 17 cathes for 306 yards and five td’s. His numbers against the Chiefs were not good but I wouldn’t say he disappeared after Greg went out.

  64. knicksfan84 says: Aug 8, 2012 3:58 PM

    Some guys are a product of their surroundings… Victor Cruz and Jordy Nelson are both the products of teammates that see constant double-teams.

    At the end of the day I’m a Giant fan. However also I understand that there are 20+ other teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars that WISH they had one of these guys on their team.

    Neither are elite guys… and if anything both are closer to former NYG Steve Smith in terms of production…

    Even Mike Williams of SEA and DHB of OAK look like legit WR’s when targeted enough times.

    Braylon Edwards had 1 MONSTER season like Eric Moulds back in the day… doesn’t mean a thing.

  65. joeyharringtonspiano says: Aug 8, 2012 4:14 PM

    15to12 says:
    Aug 8, 2012 1:05 PM

    “Megahoax has the exact same physical attributes of a top flight tight end. He isn’t really WR fast, but he is huge and has great vertical. He runs shoddy routes. He was targeted like 60 more times than jordy Nelson and had almost the same numbers. He takes plays off. ”
    =================================

    I agree that Jordan Nelson is an excellent receiver, but you don’t have to slander Megatron to make your point. Megatron is considered elite because he has blazing speed to go with his hands and size/strength (he was near the top of the league in deep receptions). And he most certainly doesn’t take plays off….he’s one of the hardest working players in the game. His route-running could use some work, but it’s hardly “shoddy”.

    That being said, I’m not taking anything away from Jordy Nelson (like you are from Calvin Johnson). He’s better than Victor Cruz and played at an elite level last year.

  66. onbucky96 says: Aug 8, 2012 4:27 PM

    Just think if Jordy were, I don’t know…a Jet. He’d be the 3rd best receiver in the league behind Fitz and ‘Tron. Suck it Jet fan, our 3rd, 4th, &5th receivers would be your #1.

  67. gregm5s7 says: Aug 8, 2012 4:46 PM

    Greg Jennings is better than Victor Cruz.

  68. EJ says: Aug 8, 2012 5:18 PM

    Jordy Nelson is a good receiver, not elite. The one thing he has that makes him look better than he really is…. His Quarterback…. which is one of the best in the league. Throw Jordy Nelson with a Quarterback like Sam Bradford, Ryan Fitzpatrick or Jake Locker, If he still puts up those numbers, then we can talk elite, but until then he is just a good receiver with one of the best if not the best QB’s throwing to him.

  69. maximusprime107 says: Aug 8, 2012 5:18 PM

    “hasn’t had the production of Victor Cruz”
    Cruz has only had one productive year, just like Nelson, and Nelson had the better year

    What a joke

  70. kingcarlbanks says: Aug 8, 2012 6:15 PM

    Cruz nor Nelson is elite. Both are good going on great. Elite is rare air. Only know of 3 elite wr in the league right now..

  71. dwhitehurst says: Aug 8, 2012 6:49 PM

    To echo other comments here, Jordy Nelson is “elite”, that is, as a #2 wide receiver.

    Is he an elite #1 wr? No, I wouldn’t go that far.

    But many teams don’t have an elite #2 wr let alone an elite #1, so Jordy Nelson is no slouch.

  72. djohnson11882 says: Aug 8, 2012 7:16 PM

    Jordy Nelson pooped the bed in the super bowl?!?!?!
    9 catches for 140 yards and a TD is considered pooping the bed? Sure, he had a couple of drops, but come on!!!!!!
    Victor Cruz had 4 catches for 25 yards and a TD in his one super bowl. Larry Fitzgerald had 7 for 127 and 2 TD in his. And Megatron had 12 Catches for 211 yards and 2 TD’s in his one playoff game. Nelson and Fitzgerald both put up their numbers against the defense of the Pittsburgh Steelers while the other two put them up against very weak secondaries. If the overwhelming majority think that players should be judged mainly on their post season production, it isn’t unfathomable to put Nelson towards the top of the list. And don’t even involve the Salsa Dancer until he has more than 19 games of experience with only 7 starts!!!!

  73. axespray says: Aug 8, 2012 10:29 PM

    contra74 says:Aug 8, 2012 12:40 PM
    “Mike McCarthy and Clay Matthews have already told everyone what they are with their “Giants didnt beat us!” remarks.

    Hopefully Jordy has a good head on his shoulder and can admit that they got beat by the better team that day.”

    says the guy that can’t admit the saints beat his team in the 09 nfc title game….smh

  74. jakat says: Aug 9, 2012 9:42 AM

    Who are these guys complaining that Nelson is not that great, next to guys like Cruz or Walker? They all start out on a learning curve, picking up on the system, and the opponents around the league. There aren’t very many who come in with 50 their first year, or second year; only the greatest of the best. These coaches have been living football 15 hours a day, 10 months a year, for 30, 40 years. Then these smart mouthed punks come in after watching a few games contradicting a coaches opinion? I’ll go with the coaches on this one. Nelson started solid and made a great leap forward last year. Apparently, somebody thinks he’s going to keep it up. You bet he will.
    So who knows best?: Some big mouth with two left feet or a seasoned pro?

  75. packersownerandshareholder says: Aug 9, 2012 11:08 AM

    Jordy Nelson is a BEAST. Elite is right around the corner.

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