Many expect to become one of the top two receivers for the Packers in 2013, as well as a leader in the locker room. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Because you can't wait for the Green Bay Packers: Jordy Nelson

In our continuing series, “Because you can’t wait for the Green Bay Packers,” we take a look at one of the more popular Packers wide receivers – Jordy Nelson.

Though he was hampered by injuries in 2012, Nelson has become one of the more recognizable and exciting players on the field. Nelson, not a big name coming out of college at Kansas State, was coveted by Ted Thompson, who took him in the 2nd round (36th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.

A steady player his first three years, with total receptions of 33, 22, and 45, Nelson leaped into the national spotlight in Super Bowl XLV by catching nine passes for 140 yards (15.6-yard average) and one touchdown. Had it not been for a couple of drops in that game, he may have seriously challenged for the Super Bowl MVP title earned by Aaron Rodgers.

But it was the next season in 2011 when Nelson really emerged. He caught 68 passes for 1,263 yards (18.6-yard per catch average), and 15 touchdowns.

Injuries last season significantly slowed Nelson, but he still caught 49 balls for 745 yards.

Everyone expects Nelson to rebound in 2013 and with both Donald Driver and Greg Jennings gone, to become one of the top two receivers on the team.

We all look forward to that and because we can’t wait for the Green Bay Packers, here are his career stats and a nice video you may enjoy:


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