Jordy Nelson will forever be remembered as a Green Bay Packer. The farm boy from Kansas spent ten years with the Pack, recording 550 receptions for 69 touchdowns and 7848 yards. He had four seasons of well over 1000 yards receiving, dominating as Aaron Rodgers' favorite target.
More than the numbers, however, it was the attitude which Nelson brought and his leadership on and off the field that really helped the Packers passing game flourish.
Nelson didn’t just perform in games, he created a standard on the practice field that everyone had to match. https://t.co/n8luAEc3EU— Packers News (@PGPackersNews) July 27, 2018
Yes, much of Green Bay's success throwing the football in the last couple decades is due to their quarterbacks: Brett Favre and now Aaron Rodgers.
But almost as important has been the play of the receiving corps, and the veteran leadership displayed by the top stars. As the baton passed from Favre to Rodgers at QB, so too has the position of leadership been passed from Donald Driver to Greg Jennings to James Jones and then to Nelson at receiver.
With Nelson gone, the Pack are already feeling his loss in ways that aren't always apparent.
Jordy Nelson showing no signs of slowing down, can "still run" https://t.co/lLjubDtnMK— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) July 28, 2018
“All I can say is that it’s different. His presence is missed.
Aaron Rodgers is going to have a BIG year. pic.twitter.com/3uElVH7RPR— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) July 27, 2018