Jordy Nelson couldn’t have been more blunt when assessing his own performance vs. the Giants last week.
“That was pretty embarrassing,” Nelson said after the game.
That game is squarely in Nelson’s rearview mirror. His sole focus is on getting ready for Sunday’s NFC showdown against Dallas.
“Absolutely,” Nelson said on Wednesday.
For a guy coming off a torn ACL and without a preseason, Nelson’s off to a darned good start. He’s scored five of the Packers’ 11 touchdowns, is tied with Randall Cobb for the team lead with 21 receptions and leads the team with 244 receiving yards.
However, as with the offense as a whole, Nelson’s early season has been marked by inconsistency. He had a couple of key drops against the Giants — leading to Nelson’s “embarrassing” comment — and has caught only 21-of-40 passes, a catch rate of 52.5 percent that ranks toward the bottom of the league’s receivers.
“We've done some good things and we've done some bad things,” Nelson said. “It comes down to execution. We had opportunities, myself directly, on Sunday to make plays and keep us in a rhythm and move the chains and we didn't. It seemed like every time we shot ourselves in the foot something bad followed up. We need to stay on rhythm and keep moving forward.”
The Packers need Nelson to return to form against a solid Dallas defense that ranks eighth with 18.5 points allowed per game. Cornerbacks Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr limited Bengals star A.J. Green to four catches for 50 yards in last week’s 28-14 win.
Receivers coach Luke Getsy expects Nelson to return to form on Sunday.
“I think for him to use that word, I think you have a guy that has very high expectations of himself,” Getsy said on Thursday. “Those are plays that he’s made and he will make. I think he’s a pro. When we came back to work, even the next day on Monday but especially Wednesday, he came back to work ready to rock and roll with a great purpose. He’s been really sharp so far this week. I think he’s ready to go out and prove himself again and go out and have a great game.”
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