Jordy Nelson went down in Sunday’s Pre-season game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with what reports are saying is a season ending ACL tear. Nelson was League MVP Aaron Rodger’s favorite target last season with 98 receptions for 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns. That kind of production is hard to replace even if you have, what many people consider, the best QB in the league slinging the rock around. From the outside looking in, this looks like a huge setback. The more I think about it, the more I think Green Bay will be the same high powered offense we are accustomed to seeing.
Randall Cobb is back to provide more mismatches wherever he lines up on the field. Eddie Lacey has become one of the NFL’s elite backs. Besides that, let’s not forget Rodgers was banged up for parts of last season. Bad calf and all, Rodgers almost led the cheese heads to a Super Bowl appearance. Let that sink in just a second before the Packers get written off on every blog and website
Let me make it clear and say it outright, the Green Bay Packer’s WILL NOT be better off without Jordy Nelson. After re-reading this a couple times through I could see how this might come off that way. The point I’m trying to reiterate is that Aaron Rodgers is healthy and looking to prove as to why him, not J.J. Watt, won last year’s MVP title. Of course, you add a healthy Jordy Nelson and I think you can pencil in the Pack, along with Seahawks, as the NFC front-runners.
I think the Packers and especially Rodgers will use this loss as fuel to prove the nay sayers wrong. Maybe the season will start off like it did last year and Aaron Rodgers will have to tell everyone that’s doubting him to R-E-L-A-X. The long ball is what will be missed the most in Nelson’s absence, Randall Cobb is no slouch in that aspect but there is no replacing Nelson’s innate ability to separate from the man defending him. Head Coach Mike McCarthy will find a way to motivate his team and make this season one to be remembered at Lambeau.