Jordy Nelson Fantasy News
James Jones wants to return to Green Bay
Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 12:28pm
Packers WR James Jones wants to come back and he should be re-signed. He was never the same after suffering a knee injury against Baltimore, but he toughed it out and raised his level of play greatly when Flynn was playing. At some point next year, Randall Cobb is going to warrant an extension, so paying a lot for Jones isn't in the cards.
But he's good in the locker room and a pro on the field.
"I'm not one of those guys who goes home and says I'm worth 30, 40 million," Jones said. "We'll see what happens when the market comes and guys start making offers. If they start making offers, we don't even know. We're sitting here talking about free agency and I could be going to Canada. You never know."
Most professional athletes overestimate their worth so it's refreshing to hear Jones low-balling his own value. He turns 30 this March, so he's no spring chicken, but his game has improved considerably over the past two seasons. If the Packers can bring him back on an affordable deal, he would provide depth behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb.
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McCarthy: Aaron Rodgers to start vs. Bears
Thursday, December 26, 2013, 2:39pm
Randall Cobb has 'real chance' of playing
Thursday, December 26, 2013, 11:36am
Aaron Rodgers to miss 'about 3 weeks'
Monday, November 4, 2013, 10:08pm
Rodgers non-throwing side appears to be the issue, but he's still expected to miss time. The target date based on the three-week timeline is Week 13, which is a Thursday game in Detroit on Thanksgiving, but that's an unofficial timetable. The Packers may not want to bring him back in a short week, so he may be out four games in that scenario. Seneca Wallace took over for Rodgers and it appears he'll at least play Week 10, a short week, against the Eagles, even though he wasn't impressive. (Keep in mind Matt Flynn will be available after he clears waivers at 4 p.m. Tuesday.) It's obviously another huge blow to the Packers' offense this season. Green Bay will likely continue to ride its running game with Eddie Lacy and James Starks, who looked great Monday night. But remember, it's also a downgrade for WRs Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Jarrett Boykin.
Jordy Nelson capable of playing slot
Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 10:52am
The thinking behind using Jordy Nelson more as a slot receiver was simple. If he stayed exclusively on the outside, it would have been a lot easier for the Minnesota Vikings to roll coverage toward him. With Green Bay down three of its original four top weapons, the Vikings might have been able to eliminate Nelson.
So the Packers slid him inside more and moved him around. Both of his scores came from the slot.
"We went into the game trying to move Jordy around to get him some more opportunities," offensive coordinator Tom Clements said. "He's a big target in there. It's beneficial to the offense for us to do that. We'll continue to move guys around to try to put them in position to help them be successful as well as the offense."
Nelson finished with seven receptions for 123 yards and the two scores. From the slot, Nelson's speed is a boost. But so is his size. He's a strong, long-limbed 6 feet, 3 inches tall, 217 pounds.
With the pending return of James Jones (sprained knee), there has been a lot of handwringing in the fantasy community about the season-long value of Jarrett Boykin due to the belief that the Packers will instead play Myles White in the slot. While it's true that White is playing primarily in the slot, the Packers have drafted receivers who can play both inside and outside and Nelson, Jones and Boykin all fit that profile. Boykin has been the 'next man up' in the receiving corps all year and has performed very well in the last two weeks, so there's no reason to believe that he heads to the bench when Jones returns.
Saturday, October 19, 2013, 5:56pm
This week, Green Bay promoted the undrafted rookie receiver from the practice squad over veterans on the street, veterans via trade. On Sunday, he'll likely be lining up as a slot receiver against the Cleveland Browns.
To date, nobody on the outside has seen White beyond the preseason. Likens believes White is ready.
“He knows that he can do this," said Likens, who's now the assistant head coach/outside receivers coach at California. "He knows that he belongs. One of the things we talked about was that he’s had the chance to see games, he’s had the chance to see how guys conduct themselves, how they prepare. He feels like he belongs and he’s good enough to do that.”
At Louisiana Tech, White caught 56 passes for 718 yards with six touchdowns last season. The transfer from Michigan State shared the wealth with Quinton Patton, who ended up getting drafted in the fourth round by San Francisco. White could see WR3 time this week if James Jones doesn't play. That would leave Jordy Nelson and Jarrett Boykin ahead of him. Jermichael Finley would likely see more targets and the Packers could run more with Eddie Lacy.
Packers put Randall Cobb on short-term IR
Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 5:37pm
Cobb can practice in six weeks and can play in eight weeks. That makes his return date Week 15 - at the earliest, which means owners in redraft leagues should cut ties. Jordy Nelson and James Jones will now be the starters with Jarrett Boykin as the WR3. The team signed WR Myles White and TE/WR Jake Stoneburner from the practice squad. Look for Green Bay to run the ball a little more with Eddie Lacy to make up for the loss of Cobb. Lacy carried 23 times in Week 6 after Cobb and Jones went down. Boykin could have some value in deeper leagues.
Beat: Randall Cobb will miss 6-8 weeks
Monday, October 14, 2013, 5:46pm
The third-year wide receiver left Sunday's game in the first half after absorbing a low tackle from Baltimore's Matt Elam. He later returned on crutches. The source indicated that Cobb nearly broke the fibula entirely on the play.
HC Mike McCarthy only said Cobb would miss “multiple weeks,” and didn't go into any other details today. We learned last night it wouldn't be season-ending, but for fantasy owners this is a big blow. Six weeks brings him back for Week 13, which is right as fantasy playoffs are about to begin, and keep in mind he'll need to get into game shape as well. It's a long time to carry him as roster sports get more valuable as the season goes. James Jones, on the other hand, has a chance to play this week opposite Jordy Nelson. Either way, Jarrett Boykin looks like he'll at least be a WR3, but the Pack could give the ball more to RB Eddie Lacy, who carried it 23 times last week.
James Jones appears to have 'dodged a bullet'
Sunday, October 13, 2013, 8:02pm
Randall Cobb may have avoided major injury
Sunday, October 13, 2013, 7:57pm
There's still a lot to be determined, but it's at least a cautious bit of good news. Teammate James Jones was also injured leaving the Packers short at WR Sunday against Baltimore. Jarrett Boykin caught one ball for 43 yards and got a lot of snaps with Jordy Nelson. The Packers could turn more to RB Eddie Lacy, who got 23 carries, if both Cobb and Jones would miss time.
Jordy Nelson is a go for Week 1
Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 7:46pm
It’s been easy to forget that Green Bay receiver Jordy Nelson has knee surgery in early August and missed the balance of training camp.
He returned to practice last Monday, and a league source tells PFT that Nelson will be available to play in Week One at San Francisco.
That’s very good news for the Packers, who’ll need their receivers to get open well before a makeshift offensive line yields to opposing defenders, who’ll try to sack Aaron Rodgers more than the 51 times he went down in 2012.
Jordy Nelson back at practice
Sunday, August 25, 2013, 2:59pm
Packer's WR Jordy Nelson back at practice.
Great news for owners who took him with hopes he'd be back for Week 1, or for those who took him before he missed time. While there has been no mention of of Week 1 yet, the chances look pretty good he'll play. Nelson's ADP dropped to fifth round, but we projected him for similar stats to teammate Randall Cobb who is going in the 3rd. If Nelson can stay healthy, he would be a great value in the 5th.
Thursday, August 22, 2013, 8:17pm
Packers WR Jarrett Boykin practiced well this week, further strengthening his grip on the No. 4 berth. As a rookie, Boykin played 92 snaps and caught five passes. One of his most obvious shortcomings was a glaring lack of aggressiveness after the catch. On Saturday night, Boykin started and played 28 snaps. On his first targeted attempt, he beat cornerback Janoris Jenkins on a slant for 7 yards. On his second, he ran a stop-start sideline comeback route against the press coverage of nickel back Trumaine Johnson, putting the defender on his heels and making the catch 9 yards downfield. Johnson (6-2, 204) came up for the tackle but Boykin made him miss.
McCarthy: Jordy Nelson 'very close' to returning
Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 7:32pm
We're not sure what "very close" means to McCarthy, but it certainly sounds good. If Nelson plays a full season, then he'll be a nice value at his current 6th-round ADP.
Jordy Nelson unsure of Week 1 status
Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 11:05am
When coach Mike McCarthy initially announced Nelson's surgery, he expressed hope that the 28-year-old's absence would only extend through the preseason. Though Nelson claims his rehabilitation is "progressing right on schedule," he also said that he's "slowly progressing."
With the Packers 20 days away from playing in San Francisco for their regular-season opener, Nelson has some doubt that he'll be on the field with his teammates for that game.
"You never know," Nelson said Monday in the locker room.
"I wasn't going to be able to be 100 percent. It was something I would have been able to play through if it would have happened in-season or something, but there was enough time that we kind of took the chance that if everything went smooth we could get in and out during training camp and hopefully have a healthy 16-game season."
When drafting Nelson, fantasy owners should assume he misses 1-2 games to start the season. He looks like a good value in the 5th round and is an excellent value in the 6th, provided he plays 14+ games.