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Morning Roundup: Nelson off to strong start to 2012

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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Jordy Nelson continues to temper expectations for the 2012 season following his breakthrough campaign a year ago, but that doesn't mean the Green Bay Packers' wide receiver hasn't picked up right where he left off. The 6-foot-3, 217-pound wideout has been as impressive as anyone during training camp and has developed into perhaps the Packers' most complete receiver entering his fifth NFL season. As Press-Gazette reporter Rob Demovsky discusses in his Tuesday story, Nelson doesn’t know how teams will defend him differently this season, but is preparing to see some changes based on his 15-touchdown performance last season. Nelson went on to tell Demovsky if he were a betting man, he’d “wager a lot of money that I won’t have 15 touchdowns again.” Here are some other news and notes from Monday's practice: *While B.J. Coleman's talents on the football field come from his father, Byron Sr., the rookie quarterback's outgoing personality has a lot to do with his mother, Anita. Known for his charisma in the huddle and diligence in studying his playbook, Coleman's mom helped shape his outlook after working 33 years as school principal until recently retiring. As we looked into during a profile of the former Tennessee-Chattanooga standout, Coleman brings a lot to the table in terms of leadership and poise. Although there's some uncertainty about if Coleman will be the first third-string quarterback to make the team's opening roster, he's not sweating the small stuff - values he cultivated at home at a young age. “She’s very disciplined, but she always had a smile on her face,” Coleman said of his mother. “You know, not everything is going to be perfect, but the reality is you’re still breathing and you have the opportunity to make it right the next day. There’s no reason to feel down on yourself or anything like that. “Whenever we’re feeling down, (Jarrod and I) will keep each other in check by saying, ‘Mom does this, so we can do that. We’ve been given some gifts, we need to use them.’” *In our notebook from Monday's practice, Press-Gazette reporter Pete Dougherty takes a look at the long odds the team's physically unable to perform players face in making the team's 53-man roster at the start of the season. During his post-practice news conference, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy strongly hinted that tackle Derek Sherrod (leg), tight end Andrew Quarless (knee) and linebacker Frank Zombo (hamstring) could miss half the season with their respective ailments. “I think all three of those guys will be at the wire,” McCarthy said after practice Monday. “You definitely could project that it (i.e., their PUP status) will go into the regular season, but they’re all individual cases. I wouldn’t stop one from coming back, because I think all three of those guys can compete for a spot on our 53.” Along with the PUP update, Dougherty also explores Cedric Benson attending quarterback meetings, injury updates and more. *In his daily Insider section, Demovsky gives a thumbs up to safety Anthony Levine for his big plays on Monday and a thumbs down to wide receiver Tori Gurley for allowing an interception to much-smaller cornerback Casey Hayward during practice. *The Packers practice today in shells at 11 a.m. at Nitschke Field in their final practice before Thursday's game at Cincinnati. -whodkiew@greenbaypressgazette.com and follow him on Twitter @WesHod.

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