Jordy Nelson on Lambeau Leaps: 'You never know what's going to happen'
Jordy Nelson. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
GREEN BAY- Many players around the NFL, and all professional sports for that matter, have some sort of pregame ritual before their match.
For Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson -- it's running routes and catching passes from the backup quarterback.
"I will go out early and get a couple of routes in and warm-up on my own to get a feel for the field, the weather and the stadium," said Nelson to Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Afternoon News with John Mercure"
Nelson doesn't expect this Sunday to be any different, although he will be practicing those routes with Graham Harrell this year instead of Matt Flynn, who signed a three-year $26 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks. Flynn and Nelson practiced those pregame routes together since 2008 --- the year they were both drafted by the Packers.
Once kickoff beings, Nelson and the rest of the Packers offense will have their hands full with 49ers defense. San Francisco ranked 2nd in the NFL last year in points allowed (14.3 per game), 1st in fewest rushing yards allowed (77.3 per game) and 2nd to the Packers with 23 total interceptions.
"They've got great pass rushers, and their linebackers are physical...some of the best in the league," said Nelson. "They really make you one-dimensional."
The Packers are overwhelming favorites to win the NFC North, with several prognosticators picking the Packers to win the Super Bowl for the second time in the past three seasons.
"You just know you're going to get (your opponent's) best shot," said Nelson. "So you have to get used to that, figure it out and adjust to it."
Nelson said he hopes to keep his streak alive of eight consecutive regular season home games with a touchdown -- and a Lambeau Leap -- this Sunday against San Francisco.
That's a lot of Lambeau Leaps.
"I've never missed one (leap)," Nelson proudly told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Wisconsin's Afternoon News.
Lambeau Leaps can be tricky, the receiver admitted.
"You never know what's going to happen," he joked. Greg Jennings told Yahoo! Sports that fans can get a bit grabby during a Lambeau Leap.
This year, the NFL warned the Packers they will be penalized if more than one player performs a Lambeau Leap after each touchdown.
"It can only be one person," Nelson explained. "But it doesn't have to be the person who scored the touchdown. You can designate someone. I told the offensive line to be prepared. Maybe you'll see Josh Sitton or T.J. Lang up there."
Kickoff is set for 3:25 p.m. with Newsradio 620 WTMJ's coverage of the game starting at 1 p.m.