Editor’s note: We understand that the Green Bay Packers will never follow through on a trade scenario like this. We only look at the question because it was raised by a national media outlet … we feel that because anything is possible in the NFL, we would look at why this would be a very bad move by the Packers.
Jordy Nelson has proven it – he is an elite wide receiver.
After an injury-marred season in 2012, Nelson has picked up right where he left off in 2011. Back in 2011 he had 68 receptions, more than 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns. So far this year he is sitting at 39 receptions, 649 yards, and 7 touchdowns in 7 games. If we attempt to project his totals, he should be around 80-85 receptions, clear 1,300 yards, and have 15-16 touchdowns. Those are elite numbers.
The difference this year is that Nelson is doing it by himself, and with the opposition’s best man on him! In 2011, he benefited from the presence of Greg Jennings taking most of the attention and getting single coverage. This season due to injuries around him, he is getting the safety over the top, the top corner’s coverage, and he is still making amazing plays.
Sunday night at the Metrodome was an example of how he has evolved. The touchdown in the end zone was a great play in which he timed the catch perfectly to snatch it over Xavier Rhodes. The 76-yarder was a thing of beauty, as he miraculously caught the pass (he barely got his head up in time), shook off Chad Greenway, and outran everyone to the end zone. The last example was the quick 8-yard reception Aaron Rodgers threw almost into the dirt. The form Nelson had in making that catch was tremendous, as he grabbed the ball with his hands and secured it the second he hit the ground.
You simply cannot defend that.
ESPN.com ran an article last week about the Packers trading for Larry Fitzgerald before the trade deadline Tuesday. I thought, “Why not? We could use another receiver.” Then I read the terms, A second round pick, Johnathan Franklin, and Jordy Nelson. All respect to Larry Fitzgerald, but we already have an elite receiver in Nelson, and the chemistry he has with our quarterback is not worth giving up for his talent.