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Scouting the Enemy: Jordy Nelson

The Giants Beat examines the Packers top receiving target and what kind of threat he poses to New York's secondary

While most of New York Giants Nation (and the league) has been discussing the team’s public reprimand of OBJ, the team itself has been focusing on the Green Bay Packers and their star receiver, Jordy Nelson.

 

Nelson missed all of last season due to a right ACL tear and had a minor issue in his left knee during the preseason but he seems to be getting back to his old scoring ways with 4 TD’s in the Packers’ first 3 games. The Pack are coming off their bye week meaning “White Lightning” will be rested and relaxed when his team host Big Blue on Sunday Night.

 

Nelson’s raw numbers have not been overly glossy but they are improving. The Packers’ Week 3 match-up against division-foe Detroit saw the wide receiver post his best numbers yet with 6 catches for 101 yards at an average of 16.8 yds./catch and 2 touchdowns.

 

The Giants are not the lions though and Nelson can expect a much tougher task dealing with the likes of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Landon Collins, Darian Thompson and Janoris Jenkins. Where the Lions are near the bottom of nearly every major passing defense statistic, the Giants are in the middle or close to the top. One notable exception is turnovers which the Giants rank dead-last in with 0 interceptions.

 

That needs to change fast and this game could be the catalyst. Giants coach Ben McAdoo was the Packers’ Tight ends coach from 2006 to 2011 and their Quarterbacks coach from 2012 to 2013 meaning he knows the team’s system and thought process as well as Aaron Rodgers’ preferences and tendencies. One of which is throwing to Jordy Nelson.   


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