So Daniel, the only cornerback to cover Nelson on a deep route Monday, might not be the best judge when it comes to evaluating how Nelson looked on his first day of team (11-on-11) work since tearing the ACL in his right knee more than a year ago.
But to Daniel, who spent most of last season the practice squad, he looked good.
“It was a good route,” Daniel said after practice. “It seemed like he was moving pretty good. It was also a pretty good ball. Him and Aaron [Rodgers] have that connection.”
Nelson made one other noticeable play -- a sliding catch during an 11-on-9 period -- during Monday’s hour-and-45-minute practice, the story said. The deep ball over Daniel was the one that stood out. Nelson appeared to make a one-handed catch against solid coverage along the left sideline on a well-placed ball from Rodgers.
After a brief acclamation period, Jordy Nelson appears to be on the verge of taking another major step in his return to the field.
While it’s unlikely the Packers’ Pro Bowl receiver will play in Thursday night’s preseason finale against Kansas City, Nelson told reporters Sunday that he’s expecting to participate in 11-on-11 team periods during practice this week.
It would be the first time Nelson has stepped on the field for full-speed work since he injured his left knee last August in Pittsburgh. Nelson, activated from the physically unable to perform list on Aug. 17, only worked individual drills last week, along with running routes in pregame warmups before the Oakland and San Francisco preseason games, the story said.
It appears Jordy Nelson will go into the regular season without any preseason action.
The Green Bay Packers receiver said Sunday that he doesn't expect to play in Thursday's preseason finale at Kansas City. If that's the case, he will head into the regular-season opener at Jacksonville on Sept. 11 without a single game rep since he tore the ACL in his right knee more than a year ago.
Nelson, who was activated off the physically unable to perform list on Aug. 17, went through pregame warm-ups before each of the last two preseason games but then watched from the sidelines in street clothes.
"I think if everything would've gone smooth coming into camp, we would've been in a different situation," said Nelson, who had a setback with his left knee shortly before training camp. "But it's the situation we're in, and I think we've handled it well. We're where we need to be. We have two weeks of what most likely for me will be normal practices going into Jacksonville, and I think we'll be ready to go."
The intensity should ramp up this week. Nelson said he expected to do some team (11-on-11) drills in practice on Monday and Tuesday even if it's just running scout-team reps with Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the starters who aren't expected to play, the story said.
In Friday night's preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, 49ers RB Carlos Hyde was diagnosed with a concussion after rushing four times for 30 yards in the first quarter. According to 49ers coach Chip Kelly, Hyde is now in the NFL's concussion protocol and must clear all of the requisite tests to get cleared to return.
The story said it would make Hyde unlikely to play in the preseason finale Thursday in San Diego, not that he was necessarily going to appear in that game anyway. The goal now will be to get Hyde fully healthy and ready for the season opener on Sept. 12, which is Monday night. Shaun Draughn, who is Hyde's primary backup, has not played in either of the past two exhibition contests because of a rib injury though that isn't believed to be long term. Mike Davis and DuJuan Harris are next up on the 49ers depth chart.
Three plays into that practice, Cook caught a 20-yard pass from quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The same thing happened in their preseason debut together. On the Packers’ third play from scrimmage on Friday night against the 49ers, Rodgers fired a slant on third-and-3 that Cook caught and turned into a 19-yard gain. The 6-foot-5, 254-pound tight end proved to be a difficult cover for San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong (6-foot-3, 220).
“I think he’s going to be a good part of our offense,” Rodgers said. “He made a lot of plays out there. Did a good job on the basic route on third down that I hit him on, made some contested catches tonight, which was nice to see, and he did a good job with the ball in his hands.
Although it was his only catch from Rodgers in their two series together in the win over the 49ers, Cook caught three more passes and finished with four catches for 54 yards. All four of his grabs were for first downs. Two of them came on third down and another on a fourth-and-4 that went for a 12-yard gain from backup Joe Callahan, the story said. This is a great sign for the Packers as well as those who took a shot on Cook in fantasy drafts. Cook has made a little climb in our rankings but is still only 19th with an ADP of the 15th round, which is presenting great value at the position. We think he has TE1 potential if all goes well.
Blaine Gabbert already had the advantage in the San Francisco 49ers quarterback competition when it came to repetitions. You could also put a check next to Gabbert's name when it came to production. Now, with one meaningless preseason game and a couple weeks of practice before the season opener, time is also on Gabbert's side.
Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick made his preseason debut in Friday night's 21-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers. In an exhibition season in which Kaepernick missed two preseason contests and nearly two weeks of practice, Kaepernick's body of work paled in comparison to Gabbert's. The prevailing outside sentiment entering Friday's game was that Kaepernick could still theoretically win the job, but he would need a big performance against the Packers to have a chance.
As you'd expect for someone playing in his first live NFL game since Nov. 8, Kaepernick couldn't muster the magic needed to get back in the mix, the story said. In just one quarter, Kaepernick was 2-of-6 for 14 yards passing with four carries for 18 yards. When Kaepernick was at the helm, the Niners managed just one first down. If Gabbert is named the starter, there's at least some fantasy streaming potential there in Chip Kelly's fast-paced offense that runs a lot of plays.
ESPN's Rob Demovsky picked WR Jared Abbrederis as his breakout player to watch:
The third-year receiver has built off the momentum that he established in the playoff loss at Arizona last year, when he came off the bench and caught four passes for 55 yards. Thanks to a strong showing in training camp combined with Jeff Janis' broken hand, Abbrederis continues to move up the Packers' depth chart.
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In seven possessions, the starters have produced two field goals. Carr has completed 60 percent of his passes, but for only 82 yards.
"I joke around a lot," Carr said. "Sometimes people are going to be mad at me for certain things in the preseason."
Carr is a risk-taker by nature, but particularly in the preseason. Take his interception in last week's game against the Green Bay Packers, for example. His deep shot to Amari Cooper was a 50-50 proposition at best that Packers cornerback Josh Hawkins came down with.
Carr is ranked 14th on our list and has a pair of good receivers in Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree and an emerging tight end in Clive Walford. The downfall to Carr is the Raiders invested in defense in the offseason so they may not have to throw as much. Still, Carr is worth considering as a second QB if your league requires that, and ranks ahead of guys like Matthew Stafford, Andy Dalton and Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Jared Cook no longer feels like the new kid on the block in the Packers’ offense
The eighth-year tight end has been immersed in the playbook since he signed as a free agent in March, discovering where he fits into the offense and picking up most of the signals.
The tempo will pick up with the two-time MVP quarterback running the offense, challenging everything Cook has learned over the last five months.
Cook said having Rodgers run the offense will be a good test for him this week. The story added Cook and Rodgers have developed a rapport since Cook came off the PUP list Aug. 9, a key note for Cook's fantasy potential this year. The piece added Cook has been a popular target in the middle of the field as well. Cook's been climbing our TE rankings a bit and we think he'll compare to what Richard Rodgers did last year - finishing as #11 TE. We think Cook has upside and a chance to post TE1 numbers.
The closest thing Jordy Nelson did to real football during his first practice in 364 days came at the end of the session, when he ran some half-speed routes while fellow receivers Randall Cobb and Davante Adams acted as cornerbacks during a jog-through.
No wonder Nelson called it "hardly even a practice."
By unofficial count, earlier in Monday's practice Nelson caught 15 passes from Aaron Rodgers and the other quarterbacks at the far end of the field while the rest of the team went through a special-teams period.
Nelson appeared to run closer to full speed in that drill, although never against a defender.
Nelson said he felt good conditioning-wise and added he believes he's on track to play in the season opener on Sept. 11 against the Jags. The team only has one more full practice before Friday's preseason game, which means it's unlikely Nelson will suit up for that, according to the story.
Colin Kaepernick's comeback from arm fatigue saw him return to practice Monday and stay on track for an exhibition-season debut Friday against the Green Bay Packers, a franchise he has beaten twice in the playoffs.
Kaepernick said his throwing arm felt good and was "very" happy to fully practice for the first time since Aug. 10. When a reporter noted the high-speed velocity on his passes, Kaepernick replied: "Yeah, a little something behind it."
Kaepernick stretched on the locker room floor during the informal chat with reporters an hour after practice, with no ice on his right shoulder that was too tight to throw with for nearly a week, the story reported. Wide receiver Bruce Ellington described Kaepernick's arm as still a "cannon" after the 90-minute practice. Said Ellington: "Kap, his arm is still strong. He's still throwing it in the right places. As a receiver, you like that."
No matter what Jordy Nelson does when he practices Monday for the first time in nearly a year, it probably won’t reveal much about whether the Green Bay Packers receiver can return to a Pro-Bowl level.
But at least his first practice will give the world a look at where the 31-year-old is in his return from the worst injury of his career.
As coach Mike McCarthy said over the weekend, Nelson likely will be limited to only individual and position-group drills at first. As the story said,oOnly Nelson and the Packers’ medical staff know exactly what they’ll be looking for upon his return from his torn right ACL last Aug. 23. Those looking to spend a high pick on Nelson will be paying attention to how he progresses this week.
The Niners are done with the joint practices and they will transition this week to something closer to regular-season mode when they close practices to the media and prepare for Friday's third preseason game with the Green Bay Packers. For better or worse, by the end of the week, the 49ers should have a much better idea of who their starting quarterback will be for the opener against the Los Angeles Rams.
To this point, the quarterback competition that has carried the conversation for this preseason has mostly fizzled.
This battle has been defined more by Gabbert's steady if unspectacular performances and Kaepernick's sore right shoulder. Gabbert hasn't done much to win the job but he certainly hasn't done much to lose it, either. Kaepernick hasn't been healthy enough to make much of an impact one way or the other. Gabbert does seem comfortable in the system, according to the story, but Kaepernick is supposed to be back at practice this week with a chance to make a push.
So here's Packers RB Eddie Lacy after two games this exhibition season with similar numbers. In two games, Lacy's limited work resulted in 13 carries for 69 yards, a 5.3-yard average, and one touchdown. He played the first series last week against the Browns and gained 24 yards on four carries. He took only the first series Thursday against the Raiders and posted 45 yards on nine carries.
Lacy could get a longer stint in Friday's game at San Francisco, where quarterback Aaron Rodgers expects to play for the first -- and likely only -- time this preseason.
The story said, if the preseason is any indication -- and based on last year's results for Lacy alone, it often is not -- coach Mike McCarthy wants to establish the run with Lacy as his point man early on. But Lacy does look good after losing weight in the offseason. We have Lacy 12th in PPR league but think he has a chance to be a top-10 back they way things have been trending this offseason.
It appears that the "hiccup" that Nelson had in his other knee (reportedly tendinitis) is getting better and that he's close to making his return to practice. Nelson has had three healthy seasons in his last five, and in those years he finished #2, #11 and #2 in standard wide receiver scoring. He’s currently going in the 2nd/3rd round. If he continues to have a healthy offseason then a return to the top 5 is a real possibility.
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