10 things to know about new Raiders wide receiver Jordy Nelson


Getting to know Jordy Nelson, who has reportedly agreed to a two-year contract with the Raiders for as much as $15 million, with $13 million guaranteed.

1. Nelson grew up the son of farmers in Riley, Kansas. The farm has been in his family for four generations since his great, great grandfather immigrated from Sweden. He often returns home in the offseason to work on the farm, putting in 12-hour days.

2. At Riley County High School, Nelson was a quarterback who completed 62 percent ofhis passes for 1,029 yards and eight touchdowns and rushed for 1,572 yards, averaged 9.8 yards per attempt, and scored 25 touchdowns. He was a 3A state track champion in the 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters and the long jump.

3. Nelson walked on without a scholarship at Kansas State, where his parents had season tickets when he was a youth. Originally a defensive back, Nelson moved to wide receiver and after two solid seasons, had a huge senior year. Nelson caught 122 passes for 1,606 yards and 11 touchdowns.

4. The Green Bay Packers selected Nelson in the second round with the No. 36 overall pick, making him the third wide receiver taken in the draft behind Donnie Avery and Devin Thomas.

5. Nelson scored the first of his 69 NFL touchdowns on a 29-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers in a win over the Detroit Lions on Sept. 14, 2008.

6. In Super Bowl XLV, Nelson caught nine passes for 140 yards and opened the scoring with a 29-yard catch from Rodgers on a third-and-1 play against th Pittsburgh Steelers. The Packers won 31-25.

7. In 2011, Nelson had a breakout season with 68 receptions for 1,263 yards (18.6 yards per catch) with 15 touchdowns. Only Sterling Sharpe (18) and Don Hutson (17) have more touchdown receptions in a season for the Packers. The 2011 season was the last year Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie worked for the Packers as a personnel executive.

8. Following two seasons in 2013 and 2014 in which Nelson established himself as one of the most explosive receivers in the NFL (183 receptions, 2,833 yards, 21 TDs), he sustained a torn ACL in a preseason game in Pittsburgh. He did not play in 2015.

9. In 2016, Nelson was named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year, catching 97 passes for 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Packers.

10. Scheduled to make more than $10 million in salary and bonuses in the final year of a four-year contract, Nelson is released by the Packer and becomes a free agent.

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