3. Jordy Nelson
Aaron Rodgers and his off-schedule plays are what makes him one of the best. Scrambling, buying time and finding his receiver for big plays is what makes him great.
We have seen less and less of those plays. Some of that is by design, some of that is because of his young receivers. One of the larger frustrations Rodgers has had with his young receivers is they just don’t seem to be where they need to be when he needs them to be there.
One player Rodgers never had this problem with is Jordy Nelson.
Nelson and Rodgers’ connection was near telepathic. He was always exactly where he needed to be when Rodgers needed him to be there.
Nelson is only one year removed from retirement and could step in right now and be the Packers’ number two receiver.
With Davante Adams and a combination of Devin Funchess or Allen Lazard outside, Nelson’s route running and veteran savvy would be the perfect fit in the slot for the Packers.
Nelson always did his best to take care of himself and I doubt one year on the farm did anything to change that. At worst, Nelson would be a coach on the field, passing down all the knowledge he could that made him the player Rodgers could always depend on.