Nelson offers more evidence he's back to form

Tom Silverstein
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (87) catches a pass for a long touchdown against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field.

GREEN BAY - Wide receiver Jordy Nelson continues to downplay the notion that he’s going to get better as the season goes on, although many players say it takes a good year and a half to feel right after a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Entering Sunday, the Green Bay Packers receiver had caught 11 passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns. But his longest play had been 39 yards and it was the result of a defender gambling on an interception and leaving Nelson open to run down the field.

On Sunday, however, Nelson made a play that at least made it seem like he was back to 2014 form. He caught a ball over the middle from quarerback Aaron Rodgers and romped 49 yards down to the Detroit 11.

He finished off the drive with an eight-yard touchdown catch in the Packers’ 34-27 victory.

“That’s up to you guys, if you ever stop asking that,” Nelson said of whether he’s back to form. “I think a lot of people on the outside world look at numbers. Like I’ve said, I know the way I feel out on the field, the way I play, the way I’m running routes. That’s what’s going to determine for me.

“It doesn’t matter if I have 100 yards and two touchdowns or 30 yards and a touchdown or whatever it is. It’s the way your body feels out on the field. The production’s going to come if you get those opportunities. I got a few of them today and made the most of them. That’s just what makes the difference.”

Nelson caught six passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns. It was his first 100-yard game since Dec. 21, 2014, when he caught nine passes for 113 yards and a touchdown.

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