Dolphins' Brent Grimes: Jordy Nelson 'has all the tools'

DAVIE, Fla. -- When you mention top receivers in the NFL, names such as Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green, Julio Jones and Demaryius Thomas usually come to mind.

But rarely is Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson's name put in the same category, despite putting up comparable numbers the past few years.

"I don't know why," Miami Dolphins Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes said of Nelson. "He does it all the time. He makes great plays and great catches. ... He has all the tools. If people don’t want to talk about him, he will just keep doing his thing under the radar."

Grimes will face one of his toughest matchups of the season with Nelson when the Packers (3-2) travel to face the Dolphins (2-2) on Sunday. Entering Week 5, Nelson was second in the NFL in receiving yards (525) and second in touchdown catches (four).

It will be up to Grimes and fellow veteran cornerback Cortland Finnegan to stop Green Bay's top receiving threat. Nelson is by far the favorite target for Packers Pro Bowl quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Nelson has 10 more receptions than the next most productive Packers receiver, Randall Cobb, who has 24 catches for 273 yards.

Nelson, who is 6-feet-3 and 217 pounds, also has a distinct size advantage that he aims to use against Miami's smaller starting cornerbacks. Both Grimes and Finnegan are listed at 5-feet-10 and 190 pounds.

"He’s strong and he’s bigger than you think he is," Grimes explained of Nelson. "And he has great hands. Aaron Rodgers puts the ball where it has to be and he makes the catch. I think his strongest thing is after he makes the catch, he’s not easy to bring down."

Green Bay's offense is hitting its stride during its two-game winning streak. The Packers are averaging 40 points per game in victories against the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings. Rodgers has seven touchdown passes and zero interceptions in that span.

Miami’s secondary also enters Sunday’s game with momentum. Grimes, safety Jimmy Wilson and rookie Walt Aikens all had interceptions in Miami’s recent win against the Oakland Raiders, and Finnegan also had a fumble return for a touchdown.

The Dolphins' secondary must continue to make plays for Miami to have a chance at upsetting Green Bay.

"I guess you can say it’s shown that if you come off a good game, the confidence is a little higher," Grimes said. "It might not be every individual. But it might be some people on the team that see some things happen, get on a roll and roll like that. Me? I approach every game one game at a time."