In one way, things haven’t changed at 1265 Lombardi Ave. following Jordy Nelson’s season-ending knee injury.
“Jordy’s still early to the team meeting,” coach Mike McCarthy said before Tuesday’s practice.
Otherwise, the offensive outlook for the Green Bay Packers has changed drastically since that opening drive of Sunday’s preseason game at Pittsburgh. Nelson was the game-breaking No. 1 receiver for the league’s top-ranked scoring offense. To be sure, with two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers running the show and talent throughout the offensive depth chart, there’s enough firepower to be a contender.
However, with the threat of the deep ball diminished and defenses likely to adapt accordingly, McCarthy acknowledged adjustments will be made. There’s not much time. The team practices on Tuesday and Wednesday ahead of Saturday’s preseason game against Philadelphia, and there’s only one practice ahead of next Thursday’s preseason finale against New Orleans – a game the front-line players not play in at all.
In light of Nelson’s injury, McCarthy said he won’t make any drastic changes to how he approaches the preseason. There’s only one way to get ready for the regular season, and that’s to play in the preseason—regardless of Rodgers’ postgame comments that these games are “meaningless.”
“Trust me, I completely understand Aaron’s opinion,” McCarthy said. “We talk about a lot of things. This is the game of football. You have to play.”
We will have much more following today’s practice and locker room availability.