McCarthy has 'no issue' with Nelson's heavy workload

Ryan Wood
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Through two games, Packers receiver Jordy Nelson's workload has been significantly more than the rest of the NFL.

Packers receiver Jordy Nelson hauls in a catch that he would take 80 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Nelson has been targeted 30 times this season, five more than anyone else in the league. The four receivers behind him – Steve Smith, Calvin Johnson, Julio Jones and Brandon Marshall – are household names.

Then, there's his teammates. With 15 targets, Randall Cobb has been quarterback Aaron Rodgers' second-most targeted receiver.

McCarthy said he's fine with how frequently Rodgers is looking for Nelson.

"There's no issue from our end of it," McCarthy said.

Nelson was targeted 16 times Sunday against the Jets, and he made the most of his opportunities. For the first time in his career, Nelson exceeded the 200-yard mark. He finished with nine catches for 209 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown that sealed the Packers' win.

McCarthy said the Jets' defense opened up more opportunities for Nelson.

"You look at the way the game was played, I thought the Jets did a heck of a job committing to the run in the way they employed their base defense," McCarthy said. "They made it challenging to run the football, as far as the angles they were creating for us. With that, there was opportunities on the outside, and I thought Aaron did a great job taking advantage of that, and Jordy was very productive.

"So, hey, that's why you play the game. You can sit in your office all day and scheme and watch film and put in game plans and practice it, but that's the beauty of the game. Which direction is it going to go, and where's the production going to come from?"

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