Green Bay Packers Still Contenders Without Jordy Nelson

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Jan 18, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws the ball under pressure from Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril (56) during the second quarter in the NFC Championship Game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers

As ESPN’s Steven A. Smith always says, “Aaron Rodgers is a bad man!” and that’s the bottom line. The Packers are Rodgers’ team so if there is a player they can’t contend without, it’s Rodgers. There’s a reason why the media always refers to the Packers as “Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.”

Sure, Rodgers had gotten use to counting on Nelson, particularly on third down and in the red-zone. Tom Brady has gone through a lot of receiver corps and still managed to go to Super Bowls. And Rodgers is a better quarterback than Brady so he can surely contend without Nelson’s services.

Like Brady, he will have to play to the strengths of different receivers as Nelson wasn’t the No. 1 for the Packers Super Bowl team. Greg Jennings was their No. 1 receiver, Donald Driver was No. 2 and James Jones was No. 3. Nelson was a distant four at that time and gradually earned Rodgers’ trust over the years.

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