Keisean Nixon Chosen as the PFWA’s All-NFL Team Kick Returner
Green Bay Packers DB/KR Keisean Nixon is named to the Pro Football Writers of America’s (PFWA) All-NFL team.
Keisean Nixon started his football career playing in Snoop Dogg’s youth football league. His collegiate career started at Arizona Western College before he transferred to South Carolina. The 5’10” 200lb player from Compton, California ran a 4.42 on his Pro Day. He was signed by the Raiders in 2019 as an undrafted free agent. The Packers hired Rich Bisaccia as their special teams coordinator in 2022 after ranking near the bottom in that phase of the game for years. Bisaccia was the special teams coordinator for the Raiders; as such, he brought Nixon with him to the Packers.
Nixon’s 2022 season was special. In addition to being named to the PFWA All-NFL team, he was also named an Associated Press (AP) All-Pro. He finished the year with 35 returns for 1,009 yards and a touchdown. During his stretch this year, he had 8 games in a row where he went 100+ yards on kick and punt returns. His longest return of the year went for 105 yards against the Vikings. He also notched one interception on defense.
Keisean Nixon has been an incredible upgrade from his predecessor. He was the backup returner behind Amari Rodgers in 2022. Rodgers has been terrible as a pro so far, simply put. In the 26 games he played with the Packers, he only amassed 20 catches with 8 fumbles to go with them. He was a liability in the return game. He had trouble getting on the field and even when he did, he struggled to get open. The Packers revoked his kick return duties after his week 5 fumble. He continued to field punts until he was cut by the team after week 10.
The PFWA is an organization dedicated to increasing pro-football writers’ access to players and teams and ensuring that they are treated professionally. Each season, the organization puts together an All-NFL list, All-NFC/AFC list, and an All-Rookie list.