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Jordy Nelson admits to 'heavy legs' during Jaguars game

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The Packers' top wideout still has some physical limitations related to his surgically repaired knee and subsequent rehab.

Green Bay Packers v Jacksonville Jaguars Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

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:

Impact plays such as Nelson's touchdown should become a more regular occurrence as the receiver approaches full recovery.

Jason B. Hirschhorn is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and covers the NFL for Sports on Earth and SB Nation. He also serves as the senior writer and editor for Acme Packing Company, a Green Bay Packers blog.