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Packers Gameday: at Raiders in battle vs. former teammate Jordy Nelson

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Posted: 12:01 AM, Aug 24, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-24 19:40:08-04
Packers Gameday: at Raiders in battle vs. former teammate Jordy Nelson

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You probably never expected this Packers Gameday after 2017, did you?

One where Jordy Nelson was the enemy?

OK, it's preseason, and the Packers and Raiders won't play a game that counts in regular season standings until 2019, but don't think that there isn't a bit of extra ramp up for both Green Bay and its former Pro Bowl wide receiver in this late night showdown by the Bay...San Francisco Bay, that is.

The Packers and Nelson split back in the off-season over a salary dispute, which was understandable considering how Davante Adams had risen to the No. 1 slot on the depth chart and Randall Cobb was solidly a No. 2. Nelson would probably have only been a No. 3 receiver, No. 2 at best considering his decline in productivity, and the Packers valued him as such. Nelson went somewhere where he could get No. 1 receiver money (Oakland), and it probably was the right move for both sides all considering.

But sometimes, the right move is the most painful, and the pain was felt by Packers fans for whom Jordy was an understandable favorite.

Sentiment has never won a Super Bowl, and such is the reality of the game, which leads to tonight.

Yet the Packers' own receiving battle is coming to the forefront, as this may be the last chance for J'Mon Moore to show he belongs in the race for the backup receiver slots with Equanimeous St. Brown, Marquez Vontes-Scantling and, yes, Jake Kumerow.

Watch for that, as well as the ever-developing quarterback battle between incumbent backup Brett Hundley and the man the Packers traded Damarious Randall for, DeShone Kizer.

They aren't alone in the battle for roster spots, though.

We are just eight days from cutdown day, where the Packers will move their roster down to 53 players. Dreams may be decided tonight.

Stay tuned. And have some caffeine with you.