In order for the Green Bay Packers offense to get back on track, star wide receiver Jordy Nelson needs to recapture the form that made him Pro Bowler and second-team All-Pro. That could take some time after missing all of the 2015 season with a torn ACL. Buried within a story by ESPN's Jason Wilde, Nelson admits to playing through "heavy legs" during the Packers' Week 1 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Statistically, Nelson had a rather pedestrian game by his standards. His 32 receiving yards off six catches (5.3 average) placed him behind Randall Cobb and Davante Adams on the day. Nelson also didn't have a reception for over 10 yards. Those explosive plays may not return until Nelson gains more distance from the original injury.
At the same time, Nelson can still hurt opposing defenses in the interim. As demonstrated on his touchdown reception, Nelson still has a keen sense for how to find soft spots in the coverage. On that play, the veteran wideout worked to the back of the end zone and found himself completely unattended. Aaron Rodgers did not see Nelson until the Jaguars had corrected the error, but that didn't stop the Green Bay duo from scoring:
The window Aaron Rodgers fit his first TD pass into was this small: pic.twitter.com/KiBu8Qz0G5— Jason B. Hirschhorn (@by_JBH) September 11, 2016
Impact plays such as Nelson's touchdown should become a more regular occurrence as the receiver approaches full recovery.