James Jones, the former Green Bay Packers wide receiver, always appears on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” quite frequently. Jones was on his show on Wednesday talking about all sorts of different topics, including Jordan Love’s latest preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
James Jones Praises Former Packers Receiver Jordy Nelson
However, in any interview, there will always be these random questions that pop up. Colin Cowherd asked James Jones, “How many practices before you would know a player? This is a miss he can’t play?” James Jones responded with one practice, and then Cowherd followed up with Give me someone you knew who can play instantly?
Jones’s response was former Green Bay Packers wide receiver, Jordy Nelson. He knew he would be a good player when he first saw him at practice.
James Jones’ & Jordy Nelson’s Career Together
James Jones and Jordy Nelson were teammates with the Green Bay Packers from 2008-2013 and also in 2015. Nelson was a second-round pick out of Kansas State in 2008 (36th overall selection).
Jones was already on the Packers in 2007, the year before Nelson was drafted. In his first three seasons with the Green Bay Packers, Nelson was just OK, and he did not pop on the scene until the 2010 postseason when they won Super Bowl XLV against the Pittsburgh Steelers. During that postseason, in four games played, he caught 21 passes for 286 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
In the season following, they won the Super Bowl title. Nelson, in 2011, had 68 receptions for 1,263 yards receiving and 15 touchdowns. He averaged 18.6 yards per reception that season. That was also the year they went 15-1, and Aaron Rodgers was the NFL MVP.
Jordy Nelson became one of the best receivers in the NFL from 2013 to 2017, but he missed the entire 2015 season due to a knee injury. Throughout his career with the Green Bay Packers, he played in 136 games. He caught 550 passes for 7,848 yards receiving and 69 touchdowns. He averaged 14.3 yards per reception. Nelson played in one season with the Raiders in 2018 and caught 63 passes for 739 yards receiving and three touchdowns. He averaged 11.7 yards per catch in 15 games for the Raiders.
Nelson had a solid career, but possibly not a Hall of Fame career. James Jones was right because Nelson was one of the better receivers in Green Bay Packers history.