this Dec. 21, 2014, file photo, Green Bay Packers wide receiver
Jordy Nelson (87) warms up before the start of an NFL football
game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla. This week,
Nelson is back doing what he does best _ catching passes during
field work. It was the first time for Nelson since undergoing
what the team and Pro Bowl receiver have characterized as a
relatively minor procedure.
GREEN BAY — Staring
intensely from the sideline, Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson
hunched over at the hip with his hands on his knees while clutching a
He has looked a lot
like a coach during the offseason while he mends from hip surgery.
This week, Nelson is
back doing what he does best — catching passes during field work.
It was the first time
for Nelson since undergoing what the team and Pro Bowl receiver have
characterized as a relatively minor procedure.
where we want to be," Nelson said Wednesday. "We set a plan
at the beginning and we're hitting every target."
The ultimate goal is
to be 100 percent when training camp starts in late July.
"I think Jordy's
going to be fine once we get to training camp," coach Mike
noticeable whenever the hard-working Nelson, one of the league's top
wideouts, isn't on the field. He led the Packers last season with 98
catches for 1,519 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns.
But Nelson isn't one
to divulge much about injuries.
Asked if a practice
closed to the media on Tuesday was his first time on the field, Nelson
replied, "I believe so. That was the first practice of the week,
"Yeah, this week
was the first time I've done some of that, so we've been progressing
on our own inside and then just slowly integrating it out there in
practice," he said.
A question about any
soreness elicited a simple two-word response.
great," he answered.
It doesn't seem like
there is anything to worry about.
There was Nelson
lining up next to the Packers' other top receiving threat, Randall
Cobb, and sprinting into routes on pass-catching drills.
It was back to the
"Coach Nelson" look when Green Bay started practicing
two-minute drives. The play sheet never left Nelson's hands.
"I told the
coaches the other day that I'm living the best life," Nelson
joked. "I get to work out early, don't have to sit through all
their meetings and then go down and coach and don't have to practice.
It's a good life right now."
In reality, Nelson is
a role model on the team for his professionalism, friendly personality
and never-take-a-play-off work habits. The eighth-year receiver has
been mentoring younger receivers during workouts.
Rodgers and Nelson are "always thinking the same thing,"
second-year receiver Jeff Janis said, "so Jordy will kind of tell
us what Aaron is thinking so we know what to expect."
schedule does give younger receivers like Janis more opportunities to
get snaps with Rodgers and the first team. The receiving corps is deep
but young after Nelson and Cobb.
Davante Adams seems
primed to play a bigger role on the offense going into his second
season. McCarthy also likes what he has seen so far from Janis and
Jared Abbrederis, a University of Wisconsin product who missed his
rookie year last season with a knee injury.
Rookie Ty Montgomery,
who was drafted out of Stanford in the third round, also seems like
he'll be in the mix, especially given his potential as a return man.
"Ever since I've
been here, we've been at our best when we've been able to go four or
five deep," Nelson said. "Hopefully through training camp
guys will be battling, making plays and hopefully putting the guys
upstairs in a tough situation on who to keep and how many to
But it's Nelson,
along with Cobb, who sets the tone in the receivers room.