Packers’ Jordy Nelson Shining in Camp
Jordy Nelson had quite the year in 2011. He finished as the number two fantasy wide receiver, only behind Calvin Johnson, and registered career highs in receptions (68) , yards (1,263), touchdowns (15) and yards per catch (18.6).
Naturally, you’d imagine a breakout player with such gaudy numbers would play well in practice, too, but according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Nelson isn’t just playing at a high level. In fact, Packers coaches reportedly have been enamored with how he’s been playing in camp, and have been thoroughly impressed with how much better he’s gotten.
It should be noted that play-making weapons Greg Jennings and Jermichael Finley have both missed time with concussions, but it’s still a testament to Nelson’s talent and growth that he’s getting such rave reviews.
“Wow!” wide receivers coach Edgar Bennett exclaimed, “This guy just continues to improve. He is an elite receiver”.
Nelson’s hot start to camp is gaining steam largely due to the word “elite” that Bennett used, but he brings up an interesting thought. Last year was his first season of arguably dominance at the position, but what if Nelson was truly on the verge of being one of the league’s best receivers? Perhaps fantasy owners should consider that when conducting drafts this month.
Nelson turned into a dominant WR1 seemingly over night in 2011, but we really should have seen it coming after he was blistering in the playoffs the year before. Perhaps Nelson is about to turn into an elite receiver fantasy owners can trust. I believe he’ll at least bring rock solid WR2 value, but you just can’t expect a repeat of 15 scores and 18.6 yards per catch. He still has WR1 potential, but with so many weapons in Green Bay, it’s safer to draft him as a WR2.
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