Packer wide receiver Jordy Nelson spoke to the local Tampa Bay media on Wednesday to discuss the upcoming matchup between Green Bay and Tampa Bay. Nelson talked about his relationship with Arron Rodgers, the Bucs defense and the loss his team suffered to the Bills last Sunday. Below is the full transcript from the call.

(On why the offense struggled against the Buffalo Bills last week)
“We just weren’t in rhythm and we didn’t execute at a very high-level and missed some big opportunities to make plays for whatever reason. We had good work today and we’ve got another couple of days before we head down to Tampa. We just have to get back in rhythm and get back to the way we were playing a couple of weeks ago and execute. We hold ourselves to a very high standard and last week obviously wasn’t close to it.”

(On what stands out about Tampa Bay’s defense on film)
“I think just how aggressive they are and the way they attack the ball. We know Coach Lovie Smith and the way he runs his defense from Chicago over the years. They’re aggressive towards the ball, they get after the ball whether it’s in the air or if they try to strip it out from you. Very fast defense and very physical.”

(On how important it is to not have a letdown game this week)
“I think we’ll be pretty focused after last week. We know that going on the road is very hard no matter how many wins a team has. Tampa has a very explosive offense with some of the guys that they can throw out there and a defense that can play just as well. We have to make sure that we are focused, we take care of work this week before we head down there and make sure that we go out and execute. No matter who it is, you want to start playing your best football this late in the year and we need to start getting into that rhythm and through these last two games hopefully into the playoffs.”

(On what he expects from Green Bay fans that will be in attendance on Sunday)
“We expect a lot of Packers fans. We get a big piece of that everywhere we go and we know there’s a big chunk of them down in Miami when we came to Florida and so we know there’s a lot Packers fans that are down in the Florida area especially this time of year. I think half of Wisconsin and throughout head south. They’ll be there and hopefully we can put on a good show for them and we can hear them in the crowd.”

(On what it’s like to almost have a home-field advantage on the road)
“It’s great, when you have that many fans there, you want to play well in order to ‘take over the stadium.’ We’ve had some opportunities where – I remember San Diego a couple of years ago where San Diego was having to use their silent count at their own stadium. It’s great to have those fans that will travel with us and give us that support and cheer us on.”

(On what he’s been able to see from Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Evans)
“I haven’t been able to watch him too much, but I’ve seen some of his highlights on T.V. He’s obviously a big guy that can make plays. He’s got a huge catch radius and what he can do after the catch as well, that’s something that I know our defense will be focused on is maintaining him and Vincent [Jackson] and making sure they can try and contain him a little bit to keep them out of the end zone.”

(On how difficult it is to be a rookie wide receiver)
“I think it’s very hard. I think history has shown that it’s difficult for a receiver to be consistent throughout the whole year. I think every rookie receiver, especially drafted early, they’ll have their splash games and you’ll the talent and the ability that’s there, but to grasp an offense and get that chemistry down with a quarterback and sustain it in a season and like you said get that 1,000 yards and double digit touchdowns, it’s impressive. You can tell that he’s put a lot of work into it and he’s got a bright future.”

(On if he feels that he still has something to prove in the NFL)
“Not necessarily, I think if you’re worried about what everyone else thinks about you, then you’re going to waste your time because no matter how good you are, someone is always going to be able to criticize you or critique you and not make you happy. I’m just worried about being the best that I can be, make sure that I am on the same page with Aaron [Rodgers] and doing what this team asks me to do week in and week out, year in and year out. I think if I worried about that then I will be successful and our team will be successful.”

(On how much it means to have a calming presence at quarterback in Aaron Rodgers)
“I think that he leads by example and by what he says. Obviously it’s great to have a franchise quarterback because obviously that’s what every franchise wants is to have that stability and Green Bay is fortunate with their last two over 20-some years now of top-notch quarterbacks in the league. It makes it easy for that just from a stability standpoint, you can grow with it and build around that quarterback and have that chemistry over a long time with him and he’s grown as a player at least in the seven years that I’ve been here and since he’s started playing. He’ll lead us vocally, by actions and we know he has the talent and we just sometimes have to make sure that everyone is on the same page and executing at a high-level.”

(On what it’s like to play with Rodgers)
“He makes our job extremely easy. We try and do our best to create separation and make his job easy too, but the way he can throw the ball, the way he can move around with his feet allows to get first and second options. We can get it in rhythm and if not he’ll scramble a little bit and we’ve been around long enough and worked long enough with him that we’re in rhythm in the scramble drill and understand what he wants and where to go and that’s where we can get some big plays. That helps us out a lot and it keeps the defense on its toes.”

(On what he thinks of Buffalo’s defense after last week’s game)
“They’ve got a very good defense, that over the last two weeks if you look at what they did to Denver and how they kind of played out there and kept Peyton [Manning] out of the end zone and kept that game close. It’s tough to go into Buffalo, it’s a rowdy crowd, great atmosphere for them to play in. They’ve got a defense they’re building and they’ve got some top-notch guys up front some guys in the back that can make plays.”

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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]


  1. “Tampa has a very explosive offense” He must have meant “implosive.” Here is the question I would have posed to Mr. Nelson. “Jordy, you played with Josh Freeman in college and I presume remain in some contact with him. What happened to him last year?

  2. LOL – and here is the exact opposite response from Mike Evans to the same question: On what it’s like to play with Josh McCown…”“He makes our job extremely DIFFICULT. We try and do our best to create separation and make his job easy too, but the way he can NOT throw the ball, the way he can NOT move around with his feet PREVENTS to get first and second options. We can NOT get it in rhythm and WHEN not he’ll scramble a little bit (BEFORE GETTING SACKED OR THROWING A PICK) and we’ve been around long enough and worked long enough with him that we’re NOT in rhythm in the scramble drill and NOBODY understand what he wants and where to go and that’s where we can NEVER get some big plays. That NEVER helps us out a lot and it keeps the defense on its toes WHILE DANCING IN OUR ENDZONE AFTER SCORING TDS.”