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the Packers in OTAs JK Scott Jersey , only this time it’s to the team’s new, hands-on head coach." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesAcme Packing Company homepageHorizontal - WhiteAcme Packing Companya Green Bay Packers communityFollow Acme Packing Company online:Follow Acme Packing Company on TwitterFollow Acme Packing Company on FacebookFollow Acme Packing Company on InstagramLog in or sign upLog InSign UpSite searchSearchSearchAcme Packing Company main menuFanpostsFanshotsSectionsPackersOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 321 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections The APC PodcastPackers Film RoomFantasy Football AdviceCDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options forTongueackers’ Matt LaFleur tears Achilles playing basketball, will coach from cart TwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailThe first big Packers injury came this week, but it was the team’s head coach suffering it, not a player. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty ImagesMatt LaFleur didn’t take long to get into the PackIRs spirit. According to NFL Network reports from Mike Silver, the Green Bay Packers’ new head coach tore his Achilles in a game of knockout Wednesday night and will have surgery Sunday to repair it. He’ll reportedly coach from a cart for the remainder of OTAs. Had this been Mike McCarthy, the story would be worth telling, but perhaps not particularly impactful. LaFleur, on the other hand, brought an energy and verve to the team, often physically showing what he wanted done or how he wanted a particular facet of the game executed. That hands-on approach will have to be modified after the injury, a potential setback in putting the finer points on this offense. Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and quarterbacks coach Luke Getsy will have to pick up the slack from a teaching standpoint. LaFleur’s player-centric approach to practice left them sidelined to some extent. Hackett said Wednesday he’s been in charge of organizational and communication duties rather than offensive installs, while Getsy provides an echo for his head coach, instilling in the quarterbacks what is expected. Their voices must be raised Brett Favre Color Rush Jersey , testing the continuity this young staff has. It will likely require even more leg work (no pun intended, but also not not intended) from LaFleur to make sure they’re all on the same page and his luitenants are able to effectively communicate what he needs them to whether he’s in a golf cart or on the sidelines. It’s not as if LaFleur won’t be at practice or able to run film sessions, but there’s something different about actually getting to stand next to someone and show them precisely what is expected. This setback also comes with the schedule break in June before training camp opens in July, allowing the first-year head coach to get back on his feet for the most important practices of the summer. No doubt when Russ Ball put together the finer points of LaFleur’s contract, he didn’t think a “no basketball” clause would be necessary. It would behoove LaFleur to consider working on his golf swing instead. GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Jordy Nelson’s NFL career ended in the same place where it began: Lambeau Field.Nelson signed a one-day contract with the Packers on Tuesday and announced his retirement after 11 seasons, 10 of which he spent in Green Bay.“I’ll be remembered as a Packer,” the 34-year-old wide receiver said. “Obviously I enjoyed my year last year in Oakland. But this is where I started and it’s great to come back and end it that way.”Nelson was known for his speed, size and chemistry with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who was the starter for Nelson’s entire tenure in Green Bay. Rodgers’ face lit up as he spoke about his former teammate, who shook hands with both Packers and Texans players following the teams’ joint practice.“Just the little things, the unspoken connection, the back-shoulder throws, the ability to throw it out to a spot and know he’s going to be there https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/Paul-Hornung-Jersey ,” Rodgers said. “We just always had that little ability to click on the field. Excited about him in four years. I said, ‘I hope I’m on the short list of guys to introduce you for the Packer Hall of Fame.'”The pair won a Super Bowl after the 2010 season, and Nelson was a big part of the 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, catching nine passes for 140 yards and a touchdown that he called his most cherished memory.“To be able to be there and have that opportunity to score a touchdown there,” Nelson said. “To have that football. My son (Royal) turned 1 that week. … I still remember being down on the field with him and my wife.”Nelson ranks third in Packers history in receptions (550), fifth in receiving yards (7,848), second in touchdown catches (69) and third in 100-yard receiving games (25). He is the only player in franchise history to record three seasons with 13-plus touchdown receptions. Nelson and Sterling Sharpe are the only Packers players to have three straight seasons with 85 catches or more.“When him and Aaron really started getting on the whole back-shoulder thing, it was just kind of an unstoppable thing,” Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said. “They kind of would toy with opponents.”The Packers drafted Nelson in the second round in 2008 out of Kansas State. He emerged as Rodgers’ favorite target in the 2011 season following that Super Bowl triumph, with 15 touchdown catches on a team that went 15-1.“For me, keeping it simple is what did it,” he said. “There wasn’t much extra stuff.”Nelson missed the 2015 season with a torn ACL. He returned in 2016 and had 97 catches for 1,257 yards and a league-best 14 touchdowns Bart Starr Jersey , earning Comeback Player of the Year honors.But he struggled in 2017, when Rodgers was limited to seven games because of injury, and the Packers released him in the offseason.Nelson spent last season with the Raiders. He had 63 receptions for 739 yards and three touchdowns for a team that finished 4-12.“There was no regret there at all,” Nelson said. “Obviously the season wasn’t what we wanted, but you can’t ever determine that. That decision is what we made, and we definitely enjoyed it. We even debated staying an extra year there just for fun, but that place is way too expensive.”Nelson said there were teams interested in his services this season. He even visited with the Seahawks. But he said he didn’t want to move his family around the country to extend his career, and he said getting his body ready for games was becoming more difficult.Instead, he’ll return to his home state of Kansas with his wife, Emily, and their three children. He plans to build a new house and has been helping his brother on the family farm.“We enjoyed it to the fullest,” Nelson said. “Made a lot of friendships, a lot of memories. My family’s enjoyed it. It’s been good.”
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