Arguably the NFL's top deep receiving threat will be taking the field for Sunday's 49ers-Packers game on FOX (4:25 p.m. ET kickoff).
And it isn't Randy Moss.
Yes, Moss once held the distinction. But having spent last season out of football after a catastrophic 2010 campaign, there are no guarantees Moss, 35, will be able to stake claim to that title again with the 49ers.
Green Bay has no such concerns about Jordy Nelson.
According to STATS LLC, only four receivers since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 have scored 15-plus touchdowns and averaged at least 18.6 yards a reception in a single season. Jerry Rice and Mark Clayton were two of them. Moss accomplished the feat in 1998 and 2000.
Nelson became the fourth in 2011.
Not only did he enjoy a career year with 68 catches for 1,263 yards, but Nelson, 27, is only scratching the surface of what he may be able to accomplish as he gains more experience.
"He's going to be one of the best receivers in the game," said Donald Driver, the mos...