Nelson big again in Packers win

By The Mercury

Former Riley County standout Jordy Nelson had another big day for the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, catching two touchdown passes in a 44-31 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

The former All-America Kansas State receiver caught seven passes for 123 yards, adding to his strong season. Nelson has 649 receiving yards and seven touchdowns already this year.

It was an especially impressive performance for Nelson after Packers’ coach Mike McCarthy moved him to the slot position, one that had been held by Greg Jennings before he left to sign with the Vikings in the offseason.

McCarthy said Nelson showed his versatility in the win.

“I like Jordy everywhere,” McCarthy told “Jordy just does it right all of the time. He can play any position; he can run any route. His body language is something that young receivers should take note of. He’s an excellent target for a quarterback to throw to. You can see obviously on the corner throw where Aaron puts the ball, there’s a lot of trust there. Jordy’s opportunity really came in the slot frankly due to the injuries, but he can play anywhere.”

It was a potential matchup between Nelson and his former K-State quarterback in Josh Freeman. Freeman made his debut with the Vikings last week in a loss to the New York Giants, but suffered a concussion in the game and was held out of the game against the Packers.

Former Wildcat Chris Harper was active for the Packers in his second week with the team, but did not make a catch.

Rob Jackson had three tackles and a sack in the Washington Redskins 45-21 loss to the Denver Broncos. They were his first tackles since rejoining the Redskins after a six-game suspension. Jackson had an interception in his first game back.

Miami Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas had nine rushes for 47 yards in the Dolphins’ 27-17 loss to the New England Patriots.

Darren Sproles had a tough day for the New Orleans Saints, catching four passes for 0 yards and getting stopped for no yards on a punt return in a 35-17 win over the Buffalo Bills. Sproles returned two kicks for 51 yards.

Former All-American corner Terence Newman had three tackles, including one for loss, in a 49-9 win for the Cincinnati Bengals over the New York Jets.

Oakland Raiders tight end Jeron Mastrud had one catch for 9 yards in a 21-18 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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