The positive updates from Nelson, who said he spent the majority of his offseason rehabbing in Green Bay, served as the latest chapter in a recovery story that seems to have played out entirely ahead of schedule.
The NFL schedule-makers have the Packers on the road for the first two weeks of the regular season, opening at noon Sunday, Sept. 11, at Jacksonville and traveling to Minnesota to help christen brand-new U.S. Bank Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.
The last two years, they've allowed that number to grow and heading into the 2016 season, they could have 21 or more players on the roster playing for new contracts.
“It was more than the top priority I was looking for,” Jared Cook said. “It was imperative that I find a person that's known for getting the job done and is good at what they do. I think he's probably one of the best in the league at doing it, clearly.”
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In a likely sign that Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson is thinking about the team's future without him, he has promoted two key members of his personnel department, Eliot Wolf and Brian Gutekunst.
A familiar tandem will once again be the focus of the running game for the Green Bay Packers in 2016.
While the rest of the league is spending huge amounts of money on other team's players, the Green Bay Packers continue to focus on their own.