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Jordy Nelson has “nothing to prove” in move to Oakland

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NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Former Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson was one of the Raiders’ prized free agent acquisitions in the 2018 offseason, but this week he was back in Wisconsin for a charity golf event in Lake Geneva. Nelson talked about his move from Wisconsin, where he has spent the previous nine seasons, to Oakland. The Nelson family is spending one final week in Wisconsin before completing their move out west.

“I don’t have anything to prove,” he said. “I’m enjoying the game, as long as I’m healthy and enjoying it, it will be good.”

Nelson certainly has nothing left to prove to Green Bay fans or the team itself, as Nelson racked up 7,848 yards and 69 touchdowns in his time on the western shores of Lake Michigan. However, the Packers front office decided not to reward his longevity with a reasonable new contract, low-balling the veteran receiver right into the arms of Reggie McKenzie and the Raiders, who signed him to a two-year, $15 million contract.

However, Nelson does have something to prove to those of us in Raider Nation who are wary of having a receiver on the wrong side of 30 whose production dipped last year. Can Nelson be the dangerous and steadfast wideout that helped A. A. Ron Rodgers set the NFL on fire, or will he be the guy who caught no touchdown passes over the final two thirds of last season?

He says he is healthy, and I see no reason to doubt him. He has a great opportunity to succeed in Oakland playing for former coach Edgar Bennett. He will get his chance to show the Packers what they gave up when the Raiders take on Green Bay in Week 3 of the preseason on August 24.