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Nelson hopes to see Driver back next season

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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While Donald Driver continues to impress on “Dancing with the Stars,” Green Bay Packers teammate Jordy Nelson made it clear Tuesday he wants to see the veteran wide receiver back in Green Bay next season. Although the future of the 37-year-old wide receiver is still up in the air, Nelson talked about the importance of Driver’s leadership prior to the start of the Packers Tailgate Tour. The Packers all-time leading receiver saw his numbers dip to 37 catches for 445 yards last season, marking his lowest offensive output since 2001. Following the recent departures of veteran left tackle Chad Clifton and safety Nick Collins, Nelson believes Driver serves an important role with the franchise and still has plenty of football ahead of him entering his 14th NFL season. “I think he’s important,” said Nelson, who led the Packers with 68 receptions, 1,263 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns last season. “He’s fun to be around. You build those relationships and you don’t want them to end. We’ve already experienced two of them this year with Chad and Nick, and I think it would be tough to take a third.” Driver is one of four participants left on the popular ABC show, but both Packers general manager Ted Thompson and head coach Mike McCarthy have been non-committal about whether he’ll be back with the team next season. Although the Packers didn't take a wide receiver in last month's NFL Draft, they gave raises to practice-squad receivers Tori Gurley and Diondre Borel last season in an effort to keep them from signing onto the 53-man roster from other NFL teams. Along with safety Charlie Peprah and kicker Mason Crosby, Nelson is taking part in the five-day tour that runs through Saturday with numerous stops around the state. -whodkiew@greenbaypressgazette.com and follow him on Twitter @WesHod

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