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Jordy Nelson Makes List of NFL’s Most Indispensable Players

June 19th, 2017

In what has become an annual tradition, reporter Adam Schein recently released his list of the NFL’s most indispensable players. While not necessarily naming the league’s top performers, the list highlights what Schein believes to be the players most essential to a team’s success.

LSM client Jordy Nelson finds himself on this year’s edition of the list. The Packers’ offense sorely missed Nelson in 2015 after a torn ACL ended his season before it began, but the unit jumped back to life with Nelson pacing the receiving corps in 2016. He finished with more than 1200 yards, 14 touchdowns, and took home the league’s Comeback Player of the Year award, proving how valuable he is to Green Bay.

In fact, Schein sees Nelson as the NFL’s fifth most indispensable offensive player, having the following to say about #87:

“Aaron Rodgers’ security blanket returned to action after missing the entire 2015 campaign due to a torn ACL. And once Jordy returned to Full Nelson mode, getting his legs and chemistry back, Rodgers and the Packers took off, winning their final six regular-season games and then two playoff games (before falling to the Falcons in the NFC title bout).

Nelson finished with 97 catches and an NFL-high 14 touchdowns. He stretched the field for Green Bay and kept the other receivers in their more suitable place on the depth chart.

Heading toward the 2017 season, the backfield has question marks. The offensive line has regressed. General manager Ted Thompson’s shortcomings have made it more about Aaron Rodgers than ever before. Which means Nelson is more indispensable than ever before.”


The four offensive players ranked ahead of Nelson were Falcons WR Julio Jones, Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott, Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr., and Cardinals RB David Johnson.


Rankings and quoted excerpt written by Adam Schein, courtesy of



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