When the Green Bay Packers take the field against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, they will have their No. 1 wide receiver back.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy announced Monday that Jordy Nelson will be active Week 1.
“Jordy’s full go. And we expect him to line up and be full bore in Jacksonville,” McCarthy said, per
Nelson tore his right ACL last preseason and missed the entire 2015 season. His injury prompted Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers to question the importance of preseason games.
“It’s difficult to lose a guy like that in a meaningless game,” Rodgers said after Nelson’s injury.
Prior to Nelson’s ACL tear, he was Green Bay’s most reliable receiver. In 2014 he earned NFL first-team All-Pro honors after posting 98 receptions and 1,519 receiving yards — all career highs.
The Packers were forced to make adjustments without their No. 1 wideout in 2015. Green Bay moved Randall Cobb to the team’s primary receiving position and Davante Adams and Jeff Janis were both asked to play bigger roles. That caused a dominant passing offense in 2014 to sputter to the 25th-ranked aerial attack in 2015.
With Nelson back on the field, expect Green Bay’s offense to once again be one of the league’s best. It’s to be expected that Nelson might not be the same player until his second full year back from injury, but just having the pass catcher on the field will boost the Packers offense.