Packers’ kick return game hits stride with Jordy Nelson
Sept 23, 2010 ~ by Kareem the Dream Copeland
~Certain players thrive in specific schemes.
But as dull and ordinary as that sounds, a fairly simple offseason tweak has paid off already for the Green Bay Packers on special teams.
Jordy Nelson ranks No. 2 in the NFL in kickoff return average among players with at least three attempts.
His 31.0 yards per return trails only New England’s Brandon Tate, whose 34.1 average is aided by a 97-yard touchdown.
Nelson ranked No. 11 in 2009 among returners with at least 20 returns with a 25.4 average.
“Our kickoff returns are more suited for Jordy Nelson’s return style, too, and I think that is part of the adjustments I felt that we made in the offseason,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “Jordy has been making very good reads with the football, and I think we are doing a much better job fundamentally of blocking in the return game than we did last year.
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