Former Pro Bowl wide receiver Jordy Nelson will be wearing another uniform aside from the Green Bay Packers for the first time in his career. He is set to play in his first campaign with the Oakland Raiders after inking a two-year, $15 million deal in free agency following his release from the Packers after 10 seasons.
It is a major change that Nelson is about to go through after being a centerpiece of the Packers’ offense for the last decade. However, the 32-year-old appears to be ready for the challenge of showing his new team that he still has plenty left in the tank. According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN, Nelson said his motivation isn’t to show the Packers that they made a mistake:
“I take it the other way and try to prove the Raiders right,” Nelson said.
Nelson is set to step into a prominent role in the passing game for the Raiders alongside fellow former Pro Bowl wide receiver Amari Cooper next season. He is set to bounce back in a major way after coming off a disappointing 2017 campaign where experienced a drop in production in the 2017 campaign where he posted 53 catches for 482 receiving yards and six touchdowns.
This also marked the lowest amount of receptions and receiving yards since the 2010 season. However, it should be noted that former league MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers was forced to sit out nine games due to a broken collarbone.
Nelson has proven to be a game-changing receiver throughout his career as he had a streak of three straight seasons posting at least 85 receptions, 1,200 receiving yards, and eight touchdown catches prior to the 2017 campaign. The Raiders are hopeful he can replicate that same individual success on the field over the next two seasons to help the franchise not only get back into the playoff picture but also compete for a Super Bowl.
The opportunity is there in front of Nelson to showcase that he is still a premier player at his position that the Packers had chosen poorly to part ways with this offseason.