Jordy Nelson takes a hit against the 49ers. He is the toughest and most consistent Packer. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Jordy Nelson and the 'Art of the Spectacular Catch'

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When watching the Green Bay Packers play, it doesn’t take long before you witness a spectacular catch made by Jordy Nelson, a member of that elite group of receivers that call Green Bay home.

Oftentimes, after witnessing such displays of athleticism and hand-eye coordination, the only thing that can be said is, “WOW.” On Sunday against the Detroit Lions, Nelson made at least two of these outstanding catches, one coming near the sideline on third down in the second quarter.

Recently when Nelson was interviewed by various members of the media, he was asked a variety of questions – queries that ranged from things pertaining to the running game and its effect on the offense, to offensive troubles in the red-zone. However, the majority of the questions dealt with Nelson making these “spectacular” catches.

While grinning from ear to ear Nelson humbly stated:

“…they just happen, I guess.”

After being asked what it is like to catch passes from Aaron Rodgers he replied:

“He’s going to put the ball where his receivers can get it and the DB can’t, so we have to be able to make the play.”

Though Nelson is leading the team in receiving yards and touchdown receptions with 371 yards and 3 touchdowns, he has been targeted 11 times less than Randall Cobb who has been targeted 41 times on the season.

Even so, fans should expect Jordy Nelson and Aaron Rodgers to continue to connect on these “spectacular” plays this week against the Ravens on Sunday at 1 p.m. E/T.

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