Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

13 Nov 2013

Jordy Nelson vs Bump and Run

The Nelson-Aaron Rodgers combo is among the best in football at the back-shoulder fade. One of the reasons this play remains so effective for the Packers’ duo is that Nelson is equally strong at earning separation against press coverage and winning 50/50 balls in the vertical game. Defenders cannot assume every deep pass is a back-shoulder play. Read the rest at the RSP blog.

Posted by: Matt Waldman on 13 Nov 2013

5 comments, Last at 14 Nov 2013, 6:22pm by tomdrees


by Nathan :: Wed, 11/13/2013 - 6:40pm

I don't really have anything to say except it is ridiculous how good Rodgers and Nelson are at the back shoulder throw.

by justanothersteve :: Wed, 11/13/2013 - 7:44pm

I don't know if people are aware of how much Nelson (and Cobb when he's healthy) and before him, Greg Jennings, helped Rodgers (and Jennings also with Favre). Both are great at running routes and are fast enough to be legit deep threats. i know a lot of posters here realize it. But the average fan watches the game and doesn't see how great the Packers receivers have been at getting separation against even the best corners.

by Theo :: Wed, 11/13/2013 - 8:04pm

"winning 50/50 balls in the vertical game"
So how many of PackerQB's balls are 50/50 balls? Because those odds are amazing!

by N8- (not verified) :: Thu, 11/14/2013 - 11:54am

This is a great analysis of the how and why receivers get open even on tightly contested plays. It's not just blazing speed or even great hands. It's technique!

by tomdrees :: Thu, 11/14/2013 - 6:22pm

REMINDER TO THE WORLD: Washington could have had Nelson instead of Malcolm Kelly and/or Devin Thomas.