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How Long Can Jordy Nelson Hold Up?


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Jordy Nelson is healthy. Right now. But how long will that last?

Nelson has been making spectacular catch after spectacular catch this year. But after how hurt he was last year, you worry that each one of these catches may be his last for a game or two. Or maybe not even a game, but an important part of a game-winning drive.

Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson is the Packers' most valuable receiver. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson is the Packers’ most valuable receiver. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Nelson is arguably the most important receiver the Green Bay Packers have. Much argument can be made for Randall Cobb, and I would be inclined to agree with you on the points you would make. But Jordy Nelson is also a player you have to scheme for. He is a number one wide receiver, strong, quick, and catches almost anything thrown at him.

Two catches on Sunday show his worth, one being his run of the mill signature sideline toe tap for 31 yards against Rashean Mathis. The other was just a thing of beauty, outwrestling Glover Quin for a 25-yard gain. I do not know that many other receivers could make that play, but I do know the ones who do are elite. I also know that there is not a replacement for him on the Packers’ roster. There is talent, but not another Nelson.

Losing Nelson to an injury will just not work. His chemistry with Aaron Rodgers is undeniable and he makes plays all over the field. We have to hope that the running game will ease the pressure and Nelson will not be relied upon as heavily this year so as to avoid last year’s injury problems.

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