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WR J.J. Nelson - Arizona Cardinals

5-10, 156Born: 4-24-1992College: UABDrafted: Round 5

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General News (Wed Nov 22): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 12: vs Jacksonville Jaguars

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FBG says: Bad matchup. The Cardinals passing offense had a new face under center last week as Blaine Gabbert got his first start of the season in relief of the injured Drew Stanton. Despite the low expectations, Gabbert actually had a great fantasy outing as he finished as the sixth highest scoring quarterback of the week. He did throw a couple of interceptions though, which is per the Gabbert game script as he just two more touchdowns than interceptions (41 to 39) in his career. Gabbert is expected to start again this week as Stanton is still nursing his knee injury. Larry Fitzgerald was, predictably, the top target again last week as he hauled in nine of ten targets for 91 yards and a touchdown. Fitzgerald has had some up and down games this season, but he is still the most reliable receiving option in this offense. Undrafted rookie tight end Ricky Seals-Jones came out of nowhere last week to haul in a couple of touchdowns--the first two of his career. Seals-Jones was a receiver in college but has converted to a tight end in the NFL. He is a big-bodied guy at 6'5'' and 243lbs, so he could definitely be a weapon in the passing attack if he can manage to be allotted more than 15% of the snaps as he was last week. The Jaguars have the absolute best defense in the league this season. They are leading nearly every category as it pertains to passing defenses and have allowed the fewest fantasy points per game to both opposing quarterbacks and receivers by a large margin. Their secondary is healthy and playing at an untouchable level. Even the great Larry Fitzgerald should struggle against either of these Jaguars cornerbacks. The Jaguars defensive front that has racked up a league-leading 40 sacks should also dominate a very weak Cardinals offensive line, making it tough on Gabbert to have even a second to think about who to throw to.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 at SF 27 0 0 0 2 1 15 0 0 1.5
10 vs SEA 29 0 0 0 4 1 17 0 0 1.7
11 at HOU 29 0 0 0 3 1 14 0 0 1.4
12 vs JAX PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 2 * * * *
12 vs JAX PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 3 * * * *
12 vs JAX PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 7 vs LAR (5 / 2 / 35 / 0 rec)

Both Nelson and Jaron Brown had nearly identical games, leading the team with five targets, catching two passes, and amassing virtually the same amount of yards. While some of the struggles can be placed on Palmer's injury, the truth of the matter is the wide receiving group has little talent and among the many reasons for the team's significant struggles.

2017 Week 5 vs PHI (6 / 4 / 80 / 0 rec, 1 / 14 / 0 rush)

Despite John Brown catching the team's only touchdown, it was really J.J. Nelson who made the bigger impact in the passing game on Sunday. Nelson's combined yardage, with a 14-yard run tacked onto his receiving total, made him far and away the most impactful offensive player on Sunday. He also had the team's best offensive play of the game, a 28-yard catch and run that he proceeded to fumble out of the end-zone for a touchback. Yes, the team's best offensive play ended up being a turnover, but that is the sorry state of the Arizona Cardinals offense. Nelson still struggles with ball security and contact, issues he'll likely never improve on significantly enough to be anything more than a team's #3 receiver, but at least on Sunday the effort never waned

2017 Week 3 vs DAL (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

While held out of the box score, the speedster J.J. Nelson had two downfield opportunities against Dallas. A long sideline target resulted in an incompletion as Nelson could not control the ball to the ground to complete the catch. After getting separation on another deep route, Carson Palmer overthrew Nelson on his other opportunity for impact.

2017 Week 2 vs IND (7 / 5 / 120 / 1 rec)

Scoring nine touchdowns in his last ten games, J.J Nelson has developed into an odd scoring threat for this team. Not only does his incredible speed make him a homerun threat on any route, but also surprisingly become one of the team's top red-zone targets. Sunday he was both a home-run threat, scoring the team's only touchdown on an incredible 45-yard post in double coverage, as well as a red-zone target, narrowly missing a second score. Nelson's greatest deficiency, besides size, is consistency and reliability. Sunday he showed himself to be both, but that so often is not the case. With John Brown remaining an uncertainty with his injuries, Nelson will have every opportunity to prove he can be the receiver he was on Sunday, week-in, week-out.

2017 Week 1 vs DET (6 / 5 / 43 / 1 rec)

Coming off a disappointing preseason, Nelson did not fare much better week one. Despite catching the team's only passing touchdown of the game, Nelson was largely a non-factor throughout much of the afternoon. His lone deep attempt, a 40+ yard throw down the left sideline, was badly dropped before being somewhat salvaged by a defensive unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. While Palmer made clear that much of the blame for the poor passing attack fell on his, not the wide receivers shoulders, it was hard not to feel like a sub-par group played a sub-par game. Even considering Fitzgerald's credentials, this is a unit that lacks top-end talent. How much can be manufactured to overcome that remains to be seen, but Sunday showed little to inspire confidence in that idea. Nelson, and the rest of the receiving corps, simply must step their play up.


Latest News

Cardinals | JJ Nelson listed as limited (Thu Nov 23, 03:13 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR JJ Nelson (chest) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 23.

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Cardinals | Arizona's Wednesday injury report (Wed Nov 22, 04:51 PM) - Arizona Cardinals LB Karlos Dansby (non-injury related), DL Josh Mauro (ankle), RB Elijhaa Penny (knee), DL Corey Peters (ankle) and DL Olsen Pierre (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 22. LB Chandler Jones (hip, knee), WR JJ Nelson (chest), C A.Q. Shipley (shoulder) and QB Drew Stanton (knee) were limited.

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