GREEN BAY, Wis.
Arguably the NFL's best deep receiving risk will be taking the area for
Sunday's 49ers-Packers game on FOX (four:25 p.m. ET kickoff).
And it is not Randy Moss.
Yes, Moss once held the distinction. But obtaining invested final season
out of football soon after a catastrophic 2010 campaign, there are no guarantees
Moss, 35, will be capable to stake declare to that title once more with the
Green Bay has no this kind of worries about Jordy Nelson.
According to STATS LLC, only four receivers considering that the AFL-NFL
merger in 1970 have scored 15-plus touchdowns and averaged at least 18.six yards
a reception in a single season. Jerry Rice and Mark Clayton were two of them.
Moss accomplished the feat in 1998 and 2000.
Nelson grew to become the fourth in 2011.
Not only did he appreciate a occupation yr with 68 catches for 1,263
yards, but Nelson, 27, is only scratching the surface of what he might be able
to accomplish as he gains much more knowledge.
"He's going to be a single of the very best receivers in the game,"
explained Donald Driver, the most prolific wideout in Packers historical past Michael
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him. Now they do."
The 49ers should respect Nelson or suffer the consequences. He has become
quarterback Aaron Rodgers' top target simply because of the practice time
invested with each other developing chemistry.
"I try to do as considerably communicating with him as possible getting
to know what he desires and how he needs factors done so we can be on the very
same webpage," Nelson told FOXSports.com. "It's a approach that has clearly been
going on for 5 years now. We had been in a position to click last yr."
As excellent as the Packers have been offensively in 2011 Vernon Davis
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led by outside linebacker Aldon Smith, who led all rookies with 14 sacks. San
Francisco also was far greater defending the pass in the second half of final
Even now, acquiring beat on the long ball can occur with a design as
bodily as the 49ers' Aldon Smith
Jersey. The twelve passes of 40-plus yards allowed in 2011 was tied for the
league's third-highest total.
The accountability of keeping Nelson in check out will fall largely upon
starting up cornerbacks Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown. Rogers had a
breakthrough 2011 with a profession-higher 6 interceptions. The exact same goes
for Brown, who finally emerged as a complete-time starter right after paying his
1st four NFL seasons primarily as a backup.
"They both have their personal fashion," Nelson said. "Tarell I think
plays on leading a minor bit far more and may possibly be a small bit a lot more
conservative than Carlos. They are each aggressive. They both can
"That's 1 point about the whole defense. They're really bodily. Which is
just some thing we'll have to deal with."
We're not just viewing the area on Sunday. NFL
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Moss was the one most emulated and respected. That wasn't the situation with
Nelson. He did not start enjoying wideout until his sophomore season at Kansas
State after becoming converted from safety.
Nelson has respect for Moss but said the receivers he studies most are
the veterans in Green Bay's locker space -- Driver http://www.49ersstoreofficial.com/Frank_Gore_Jersey,
Greg Jennings and James Jones.
"I in no way played receiver increasing up, so I never watched any of
them," Nelson stated. "I view the game (now,) but there is not a specific man I
choose to study for a entire summer season or anything at all. I do get minor
items. But I consider we coach every single other adequate in this locker