However far the Green Bay Packers go in 2015, they will be going without leading receiver Jordy Nelson.
Initial reports were that Nelson tore an ACL against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday and an MRI confirmed that he does have a significant knee injury, on Monday.
The Packers haven’t released specifics on the injury, but they have called it significant and they have ruled Nelson out for the entire 2015 season.
That’s terrible news, but not unexpected at this point.
Now the Packers will have to answer the question of how they’ll alter their passing game.
Nelson produced 98 catches, 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2014.
Certainly, the Packers will look more to Randall Cobb, but Cobb plays a lot of his snaps in the slot. The Packers will need someone to pick up the slack for Nelson on the outside.
The first guy in line is second-year receiver Davante Adams. He was already expected to take on a larger role in the offense this season. Now, the Packers will probably be looking for him to put up 80-plus catches and 1,000-plus yards.
We’re not going to rule out the Packers signing another receiver, but we expect them to look for more from youngsters Jeff Janis and Ty Montgomery first.
The next couple weeks will go a long way toward telling the Packers and the rest of us how ready those guys are to contribute.
As they always say, next man up.
Those are some mighty big, mighty HUGE shoes to fill.
Jordy, this will be the stepping stone in your career when you come back more determined than ever before.
I anxiously await your return next season.
However, it is time.
GO PACK GO!!
Who filled 1,060 yards and 6 TD’s after Driver left?
Who filled 1,200 yards and 12 TD’s after Jennings left?
Who filled 784 yards and 14 TD’s after Jones left?
Who filled 760 yards and 8 TD’s after Jermichael left?
This is an offense where guys like Jarrett Boykin can get 50 receptions and 680 yards at the drop of a dime. Boykin doesn’t even belong on an NFL practice squad, let alone an NFL playoff team, yet Rodgers made him respectable. James Jones and Greg Jennings barely have professional careers anymore but Rodgers might them All Pro receivers. With all due respect, Jordy Nelson isn’t Randy Moss — he didn’t change the way the game was played, Rodgers has that ability and as long as he’s on the field and healthy this team will be fine.
Every year this happens, guys go down or leave and every year someone new steps up. Rodgers has won MVP awards before with one receiver over 1,000 yards and multiple TD’s. What did you think Nelson, Cobb and Adams would all be 1,000 yard guys this year? Someone new will emerge, you watch. No one had any clue who Jordy Nelson was until he developed chemistry with Rodgers.
Adams, Montgomery and Janis are all studs, they’re all fast, athletic and given time will be on the same page with Rod and don’t forget about the best RB in the league — good luck playing deep cover 2 with him behind center.
Next man up.
Excellent points. Believe in Aaron Rodgers.
Shit, even though all of WI knew what was coming today…this shit still stings. QB1 will get the ball to whatever receiver we put out there, its those unbelievable 25 balls/year that Jordy hauled in that we hope another receiver will be able to still catch.
It’s the preseason and we are already hearing the phrase “next year.”
Only by spineless losers.
Injuries always happen.
Feel bad to Jordy. Teddy looks smart now drafting Montgomery. Hope he is a player.
They should reach out to Colt Lyerla.
Pack Fans forget quick — this isn’t the first time this has happened. This organization has lost Greg Jennings, Jermichael Finley, James Jones as well as Cobb and Jordy to significant injuries/free agency over the last six years and every time we lose a receiver you hear, “how can the offense ever be the same without him?” — WE HAVE AARON RODGERS!
This is the NFL where the QB makes the receiver. Case closed. James Jones and Greg Jennings were All Pro receivers with Rodgers, go back and look at the numbers Jennings had in 2010 (12,000 yards & 12 TD’s), look at James Jones in 2012 (784 yards & 14 TD’s). The year we won the SB in 2010 — we had one receiver over 1,000 yards and only one receiver with more than 5 TD’s. This is not a crippling blow to the offense by any means, Rodgers still has Randall Cobb and Davante Adams — plus Ty Montgomery, Richard Rodgers and oh yeah Eddie Lacy so you still don’t have to worry about defenses playing deep cover 2 like they did pre-2012.
When Jennings left — Jordy stepped in. When James Jones left — Randall Cobb stepped in. It’s a cycle and it was bound to happen at some point. The best news out of all this is Rodgers has 3+ weeks to prepare for this and if anything, it re-energizes their focus as a team to come together and play even harder. Remember all the injuries in 2010? Pack damn near had 50 guys on IR and still found ways to win.
Jordy Nelson does not define this offense — Aaron Rodgers does. He makes average WR better and he always had. He made Jennings into a superstar and the guy has barely had a career since he left — James Jones is and still is a complete nobody and Rodgers made him into a legit #2 WR — the guy got cut and probably will in the NY too.
Sorry to say it but if Jordy Nelson played with any other QB in the league he wouldn’t be near a top 10 WR — sorry to be harsh but it’s the truth…the QB makes the WR.
With all that being said I think what Rodgers loses most here is a firm rapport and chemistry. Jordy was a textbook route runner and had a firm connection with Rodgers (ala Greg Jennings). Jordy assumed the Greg Jennings role once he left and now it’s time for someone else to assume that mantle. Don’t forget how good Randall Cobb and Davante Adams are — these guys are just as fast (if not faster) than Jordy. No, they might not run as crisp as routes and have the high-end chemistry that Rodgers had with Nelson but in time they’ll get to that point. Don’t worry about spreading the field either Janis and Adams are fast — Janis might be the fastest reiever in camp.
I hear what you’re saying long term but you’re just not acknowledging facts nor the short term bitter truth. What ARod loses, in addition to the invaluable (!!!) traits you mentioned, is his #1 WR and the 18th best player in the NFL according to his PEERS. Guys who play against Jordy fear & respect him. ARod isnt just “throwing him open”…Jordy gets separation before the ball is even thrown & uses superior footwork & athleticism to win balls and has the top end speed & physicality to then take it to the house. Guys like that dont grow on trees. Dissing or disrespecting him doesnt alter reality. And as right now, today, we have no replacement that isnt a drop off. THAT impacts the playbook & weakens the team. Period. I guarantee you MM & Clements arent sitting around thinking “No big deal. We’re good.” They’re concerned.
Adams isnt there yet & is just a soph. Montgomery is a rookie. Abbrederis is coming off a knee & is a walking concussion & hasnt practiced in 14 days. If Janis was ready, he’d already been getting 1st team reps before Jordy’s injury…but he wasnt. All these guys are “gonna be” “can be” or “should be.” Jordy & Cobb are “is & are” guys. Losing one of them is a big difference that matters & impacts scoreboards. Even Favre & his offense, at the peak of his power, struggled mightily at first when Brooks & Freeman went down. ARod is not immune to that either & needs weapons to succeed.
I dont disagree with your premise that we’ll be ok eventually. ARod does give us that luxury. But the issue, to me, is time. Can we fill the Jordy gap, keep our offense as potent, AND continue to win games at a rate that will win us the division and more importantly, home field advantage throughout the playoffs? Doable? Yes. But much, much, much easier with #87 running around making plays.
So what you’re saying is the Pack pissed away $80MM on Jordy and Cobb because any POS off the street can stroll in and proceed directly to the Pro Bowl?
I understand Favre will come out of retirement, as he says he can still play and has great hands. He’s always wanted to play WR. He can do anything! HOF 2021!
Hate to say this but if ARod didn’t throw the ball that high this might not have happened. Maybe it was Gods will
Janis just went from fighting for a roster spot to #4, and the #5 spot is now up for grabs from a collection of guys hardly no packer fans have heard of save Miles White. Our most experienced WR is Cobb entering year 5, everyone else is year 2 or a rookie. I see many early season double clutches from Aaron as the receiver isn’t ready for the ball. But it’ll improve throughout the season and be just fine in December and January.
This was the season I thought they could bring back the spread offense like in 2011 when they had Driver, Jennings, Nelson, Cobb, Jones and Finley. Looks like that won’t happen now.
If James Jones get cut, bring him back, but that is highly unlikely as the Giants are not insane like the Raiders.
Brings to mind a quote by the great philosopher, John Blutarsky :
“Over? Did you say “over”? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!”
“And it ain’t over now. ‘Cause when the goin’ gets tough… [thinks hard] the tough get goin’! Who’s with me? Let’s go! “