The media has given a lot of attention to the anticipated rise in stardom for Randall Cobb now that Greg Jennings and Donald Driver are no longer on the Packers roster. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers fueled the media buzz this offseason by expressing optimism that Cobb could be a 100-catch guy.

All this plays very well into the hands of Jordy Ray Nelson. It can only help Nelson that Cobb will be distracting defenses wherever he lines up.

Let’s rewind a little. Nelson was on a pace to finish the 2012 season with at least 90 catches and 10 touchdowns before injuries impacted his playing time. A pulled hamstring before week 8 and a sprained ankle in week 9 kept him out of four games and limited his mobility in other contests. This resulted in additional looks to the other members of the Packers receiving corps while Jordy hobbled on the sidelines.

Here are the Packers receiving stats after seven games in 2012 just before Nelson’s injuries. What stands out is Nelson’s lead in the number of targets catches and yards. He was clearly the number one receiver except for the red zone.