Which Green Bay Packers Veteran Has Impressed Most in Camp?

Matt SmithContributor IIIAugust 23, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 01:  Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers leaps into the stands after catching a touchdown pass against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on January 1, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Lions 45-41.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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While first- and second-year players get most of the attention during training camp, veteran standouts often go unnoticed because they aren't under the same scrutiny that the newer, more undeveloped players are.

That hasn't stopped some of the veterans on the Green Bay Packers from standing out on the field, the most impressive of which has been Jordy Nelson.

Fans shouldn't need much of an introduction to Jordy Nelson. The Packers' No.2 receiver posted an elite stat line last year, reeling in 68 receptions for 1,263 yards and 15 touchdowns.

The former Kansas State star is an imposing physical presence, coming in at 6'3", 217 pounds while boasting a track background as a testament to his speed.

Still, after Nelson posted the dominating stat line, a few people have suggested that Nelson's breakout year was a product of the talent around him, specifically Aaron Rodgers' golden arm, or that he might just be a one-year wonder.

With the training camp Nelson is having so far, it doesn't look like either of those is the real reason for his breakout season.

Earlier in the month, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Bob McGinn nominated Jordy Nelson for the best player in the Green Bay Packers' training camp.

With Greg Jennings and Jermichael Finley out due to various injuries during training camp, Nelson has had a chance to come up big, and he has.

It showed during the Packers' second preseason game against the Browns, where Nelson twice beat Browns' top cornerback Joe Haden. The first time, Rodgers placed the ball out of reach, but he got the touchdown the second time after out-muscling Haden for the ball.

By virtually all accounts, he's been making good catches and beating corners on a daily basis.

Though Donald Driver has also showed he's got some left in the tank and Tramon Williams has come back strong, Nelson's easily had a better camp than them.

If Greg Jennings gets hurt, it's reassuring to know that with Jordy Nelson's production last season and recent training camp stardom, the Packers will still have a legitimate No.1 wideout. 

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