Similar to Jordy Nelson’s precise route running, his rehab is right on track.
The Packers wide receiver underwent hip surgery in the offseason. It wasn’t major – and it didn’t seem to bother him a year ago when he caught 98 passes for 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns – but the recovery has kept him from the first two weeks of OTAs.
“It’s going great. We’re right where we want to be,” Nelson said. He participated in individual drills for the first time on Tuesday, which was closed to the media and public. “We haven’t set exact targets but what I wanted to get done, we’re getting done. We have another couple days here and another week and then we’ll be doing good.”
The Pro Bowl wide receiver is content with his progress and Green Bay doesn’t expect to keep him out from full participation for too much longer.
“I think Jordy is going to be fine once we get to training camp,” head coach Mike McCarthy confirmed. “This is all part of the plan how he’s being handled these first couple weeks and how we’ll handle him next week.”
The Packers will begin mandatory minicamp next week – and training camp will commence at the end of July.
Nelson ran patterns – sans defense – caught passes and began to build the continuing chemistry with quarterback Aaron Rodgers. As his health advances, the wide receiver will begin to take more repetitions but until then Nelson has an opportunity to help the younger receiving group improve.
“When you’re practicing, you’re obviously taking some of the reps. You’re catching your breath in between when you’re doing the reps so you don’t get to watch as much,” Nelson said. Outside of himself and Randall Cobb, no Green Bay receiver has more than a year of NFL experience.
“I think it allows you to be able to communicate more with them, try to give them a little bits and pieces on how to do things and help them grow,” he finished.