Jordy Nelson, well known as Rodgers’ prime target in the passing game, was active in every offensive snap in Sunday’s 31-24 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
Despite the high volume, the two were never able to find that rhythm that’s earned Nelson four 1,000-yard seasons, and the 32-year-old receiver caught three of six targets for 28 yards.
It continued a frustrating season for Nelson, who’s seen a high number of snaps — 92.3 percent this season (not counting Week 2 when he left early with injury) — but hasn’t topped 100 yards in a game. In fact, he still hasn’t beaten his 79 yards in Week 1 and has 35 yards or fewer in his last eight contests.
The Packers might have expected higher production from Nelson on Sunday, especially after the team’s leading receiver in 2017, Davante Adams, left the game in the third quarter with a concussion.
Nelson scored a league-leading 14 touchdowns last year, but in 2017, he’s been held without a touchdown in the past nine games. If his current total of six scores holds, it will be his lowest touchdown output since his third season in the NFL.
Nelson is the first Packers wide receiver to play in every snap in a game since he did it Week 11 last season in a loss to the Washington Redskins.
Other notes from Sunday’s snap counts:
– Brett Hundley’s streak of 419 consecutive plays leading the Packers offense obviously came to an end when Rodgers made his return Sunday. But we’re interested to see who will take the snaps next week now that Green Bay is officially eliminated from the postseason. A few more quality snaps for Hundley could benefit the Packers in the offseason.
— Second-year defensive tackle Kenny Clark recorded a career-high eight tackles while playing in 73 percent of the snaps. All 2.5 of his career sacks have come in the past three weeks.
— With Adams sidelined, Geronimo Allison was active in 66 percent of the plays. Unfortunately, his 27th snap of the afternoon ended with a fumble, dashing all hopes of a storyline finish in Green Bay.
— After playing in a combined 11 plays the past two weeks, rookie running back Aaron Jones was in for 26 snaps against the Panthers. Fellow rookie Jamaal Williams saw more action (43 snaps), but Jones (three rushes, 47 yards) was more productive than the BYU product (10 carries, 30 yards).