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Jordy Nelson wants to be like Adrian Peterson, post ACL

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers celebrates his touchdown run against the Jacksonville Jaguars with wide receiver Jordy Nelson (87) during the first half of an NFL football game in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) AP

Jordy Nelson had ringside seats to Adrian Peterson’s comeback from ACL surgery, watching the Vikings running back gain 409 yards against the Packers in two games in 2012.

And as he works through his own ACL rehab, the Packers wide receiver hopes he can have the same kind of impact Peterson had that year.

That’s what you’d hope. But you don’t know,” Nelson said, via Jason Wilde of ESPN.com. “That’s the plan. And we’ll find out.”

Nelson did catch six passes for 32 yards and a touchdown last week, playing 54 of the 64 snaps against the Jaguars. But he admitted he still didn’t feel like himself, saying he had “heavy legs.”

But having gone through the process, Peterson said Nelson just has to be confident in his own body.

“He has to mentally understand that his ACL, that ligament in particular, is stronger than the one he didn’t tear,” Peterson said. “So pass that message on to him — that the one he tore is stronger than the one he didn’t tear. So, [he should] go out there and just cut it loose. You’ve got to play fast, you’ve got to have that confidence to understand that piece of it, and know that, ‘I can go out and I’m still going to be good.'”

Of course, Peterson was 27 when he came back from his, while Nelson’s 31. But Nelson said he’s not thinking about re-injuring himself, and hopes he can get back to the kind of deep threat the Packers need.

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41 Responses to “Jordy Nelson wants to be like Adrian Peterson, post ACL”
  1. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 15, 2016 10:33 AM

    It will be great when the first TD completion in the new viking stadium is Rodgers to Nelson.

    #HeadedtoHouston

  2. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Sep 15, 2016 10:34 AM

    Give Jordy two years and he can do it.

  3. Kelly's Chronicles says: Sep 15, 2016 10:34 AM

    Watching him week one you could tell he wasn’t himself. But he will be alright.

  4. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Sep 15, 2016 10:35 AM

    It’s gonna take Jordy awhile to speed up, so play him on defense so he can fit in.

  5. filthymcnasty3 says: Sep 15, 2016 10:35 AM

    He wants to be like Adrian Peterson the football player, not the father.

  6. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Sep 15, 2016 10:39 AM

    Aaron has to be extra careful now how he throws it to Jordy. He has to wait until just before Jordy runs under the bus.

  7. ariani1985 says: Sep 15, 2016 10:40 AM

    A slow 38 year WR coming off an acl tear, what could go wrong?

  8. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Sep 15, 2016 10:45 AM

    C’mon Carl, those roads don’t fix themselves.

  9. allight59 says: Sep 15, 2016 10:51 AM

    The entire Packer organization will want to be the Vikings as they fall to mediocrity for at least the next decade. Vikings by at least 10 points. Bradford will light it up in his debut, Adrian will be a man on a mission and the D will get a couple turnovers. Sucks to be a Packer fan.

  10. purpleguy says: Sep 15, 2016 10:57 AM

    I hope he fully recovers too — but on next Monday.

  11. MichaelEdits says: Sep 15, 2016 11:01 AM

    I want to be like Thomas Davis post-ACL. #KeepPounding

  12. Kelly's Chronicles says: Sep 15, 2016 11:08 AM

    I hope he fully recovers too — but on next Monday.

    ———

    very well said purpleguy….. Can’t stand the trolls that route for my Packers or the Vikings…

  13. jimmysee says: Sep 15, 2016 11:16 AM

    allight59 says:
    Sep 15, 2016 10:51 AM

    The entire Packer organization will want to be the Vikings as they fall to mediocrity for at least the next decade. Vikings by at least 10 points. Bradford will light it up in his debut, Adrian will be a man on a mission and the D will get a couple turnovers. Sucks to be a Packer fan.

    ————————————————————–

    We’ve been reading this drivel around here for a decade or so but the results on the field speak for themselves.

  14. fartweasel says: Sep 15, 2016 11:16 AM

    Nelson is a good player, wish the best for him, but as I’m sure he is realizing, an ACL injury to a speedy WR is way different than for a short burst RB. Tough to ever have that blazing speed mentality after you blow out a knee. His days of burning dbacks may be over but he still should be a decent possession receiver.

  15. mnvikes1961 says: Sep 15, 2016 11:18 AM

    His QB will have to stop throwing him errant passes.

  16. lingsun54 says: Sep 15, 2016 11:26 AM

    allight59 says:
    Sep 15, 2016 10:51 AM

    The entire Packer organization will want to be the Vikings as they fall to mediocrity for at least the next decade. Vikings by at least 10 points. Bradford will light it up in his debut, Adrian will be a man on a mission and the D will get a couple turnovers. Sucks to be a Packer fan.
    ——————————————————————–
    AP is old. He had 19 carries for 31 yards last week. The Packers will put 8 guys in the box and dare Sam Bradford to beat them with his arm.

    That’s not Tom Brady or Drew Brees back there. It’s not even Matthew Stafford. The Packers should win easily. The Vikings might get 10 points. Maybe.

  17. contra74 says: Sep 15, 2016 11:29 AM

    Not surprised that a Packer wants to be like a Viking.

  18. icebowler says: Sep 15, 2016 11:56 AM

    It’s the Packers turn to get some defensive TD’s this week.

  19. ragnarthemagnificent says: Sep 15, 2016 1:15 PM

    It’s good to have Jordy back, I hate to see a guy go out like that. As a Vikes fan I always want to get their best and last year I felt the Fudge was really weak and slow without him.

    I wonder how Jordy & Eric Kendricks will get along?

  20. Frazier28/7 says: Sep 15, 2016 1:23 PM

    not worried about Jordy or the rest of the packers, we can dominte ’em.

    Its the Green Bay Refs you should worry about in this game.

  21. 250dollarnflowner says: Sep 15, 2016 1:24 PM

    i still can’t believe that pklvr and stellar want brendan dassey to sing the anthem for the pack home opener!!?? no couth!

  22. RegisHawk says: Sep 15, 2016 1:24 PM

    He also wants AP’s HGH supplies…

  23. fmc651 says: Sep 15, 2016 2:06 PM

    Good luck to Jordy on his return from his injury. I think Jordy will return to form this year.

  24. minnescrotums says: Sep 15, 2016 2:27 PM

    I see the Vikings fans have already begun with their excuses.

    The only way that the Vikings would ever lose to the packers is if the Vikings were injured or the refs cheated.

    In reality, in the last 13 games, the better team won 10 times.

  25. whatjusthapped says: Sep 15, 2016 2:40 PM

    Jordy was just giving the guy a compliment. As long as it stops there, we don’t want Mason Crosby wanting to be like Blair Walsh, let’s not go that far.

  26. cheeseisfattening says: Sep 15, 2016 3:38 PM

    Jordy Nelson wants to be like Adrian Peterson but instead he has “heavy legs” like Eddie Lacy.

  27. hugevikesfan says: Sep 15, 2016 3:49 PM

    I wish Jordy all the best. Just not on Sunday night. Good luck, Jordy. Take it to the house next week, unless I’m playing against you in fantasy football🙂

  28. Patty Dubs says: Sep 15, 2016 6:31 PM

    The mere presence of Jordy opens up the entire Packers offense. Nelson and Cobb will be effective, but it’s going to be the play of Jared Cook and DeVante Adams that breaks the Vikings’ backs this week. Don’t be surprised if Eddie Lacy matches or out-rushes AP as well. Go Pack!

  29. mnvikes1961 says: Sep 15, 2016 7:37 PM

    ^
    You forgot they’re playing against the Vikings defense.

    And our O gets to play against you’re middle of the road D.

  30. stellarperformance says: Sep 15, 2016 10:19 PM

    mnvikes1961 says:
    Sep 15, 2016 7:37 PM
    You forgot they’re playing against the Vikings defense.
    And our O gets to play against you’re middle of the road D.
    //////////////////////////////////////

    No, we didn’t forget. The Packers practice against a defense nearly equal……every day. How would your offense do against your defense? That’s what you can expect……and then some.

  31. beerbratscheese says: Sep 15, 2016 10:54 PM

    The bottom line is the Vikings will not even get two turn overs, let alone two defensive touchdowns. The Vikings have a bout a 5% chance of winning under this circumstance.

  32. icebowler says: Sep 15, 2016 11:02 PM

    cheeseisfattening says:
    Sep 15, 2016 3:38 PM

    Jordy Nelson wants to be like Adrian Peterson but instead he has “heavy legs” like Eddie Lacy.
    *********************************************
    Last week was all a ruse to set the Vikings up for Sunday Night. Jordy’s going to activate his jets this week and blast by the purple secondary for a couple of long scores. It’s going to be poetry in motion!

  33. hrmlss says: Sep 15, 2016 11:51 PM

    As a Packer Owner ( 360,920 of us) I’m Proud of Jordy’s return. Vice Queen fans call the stock “worthess” but we get to vote on matters that affect the team, and on the board of directors that run the team. What other teams fans have the opportunity to fire the owner? Yes, the stock is considered “worthless” but we have that power, and if it ever did come down to the “board” selling the team, the legal battle would be epic!!!

  34. gaetz23 says: Sep 16, 2016 7:52 AM

    RegisHawk says:
    Sep 15, 2016 1:24 PM

    He also wants AP’s HGH supplies…
    ————————————-

    Jordy doesn’t have to leave his locker room to get that.

  35. 49tinakane says: Sep 16, 2016 12:44 PM

    whatjusthapped says:
    Sep 15, 2016 2:40 PM

    Jordy was just giving the guy a compliment. As long as it stops there, we don’t want Mason Crosby wanting to be like Blair Walsh, let’s not go that far.
    **********************************************
    Yea your right we wouldn’t want Blair to be like Mason Crosby who lead the lead in missed kicks and lowest field goal accuracy at 63% just a few years ago. I’ve seen golfers hit tee shots more accurate then Crosby was kicking

  36. contra74 says: Sep 16, 2016 1:06 PM

    hrmlss says:
    Sep 15, 2016 11:51 PM
    As a Packer Owner ( 360,920 of us) I’m…
    —–
    I literally stopped reading after that. I can’t take anyone serious when they claim to be a packer owner.

    No one can.

  37. diveleft says: Sep 16, 2016 1:42 PM

    contra74 says:
    Sep 16, 2016 1:06 PM
    hrmlss says:
    Sep 15, 2016 11:51 PM
    As a Packer Owner ( 360,920 of us) I’m…
    —–
    I literally stopped reading after that. I can’t take anyone serious when they claim to be a packer owner.
    Ă·Ă·Ă·Ă·Ă·
    Contra, then you missed the part about being able to fire an owner. That doesn’t even make sense. So they have the power to fire each other?

  38. stellarperformance says: Sep 16, 2016 7:18 PM

    contra74 says:
    Sep 16, 2016 1:06 PM
    hrmlss says:
    I can’t take anyone serious when they claim to be a packer owner. No one can.
    /////////////////////////////////////////////

    Unless you are completely devoid of a sense of humor, which, apparently, would describe you.

  39. stellarperformance says: Sep 17, 2016 10:25 AM

    Speaking of “ownership,” I just learned Viking fans receive “an official certificate of ownership” when they spend $360.00 on a brick.

    Does that mean you can replace it with flowers if you want? Can you take it home? Can you choose your own colors? What if the Legacy Ship is damaged….do you get a portion of the repair bill?

    Do the slow folks see where I’m going with this?

    Grow up.

  40. mnfaninil says: Sep 17, 2016 12:28 PM

    LOL, did he just try and compare himself to AP? Nelson is another in a long list of average wide receivers who happen to play with an exceptional QB who makes them appear better than they are. Nelson is 31, he had a decent career, but he’ll never be the same.

  41. cheeseisfattening says: Sep 17, 2016 12:45 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    Sep 17, 2016 10:25 AM
    Speaking of “ownership,”
    ——–
    It sounds like somebody got their panties in a bunch because of everyone laughing at Packet fans who actually believe they are owners.

    As a side.note, if you are thinking of becoming a Packer owner remember to look on eBay. I still need to pay for the remainder of my season tickets.

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