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WR J.J. Nelson - Arizona Cardinals

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

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2017 Week 13 vs LAR (8 / 2 / 42 / 0 rec)

With no John Brown, Nelson filled the role of "secondary receiver who has no impact on the outcome" with aplomb. His long catch of the game, a 26-yard grab in which he had to stop his route, then out jump his defender was arguably Nelson's best catch of the season. Beyond that, however, he was utterly worthless. Nelson tacked on one more catch, but with eight targets throughout the afternoon, his contributions were too far and few between. That is an acceptable distinction for a boom-or-bust receiver, of which Nelson would qualify, but you must actually produce big plays. Nelson's 26-yard catch was nice, but nowhere near enough boom to outweigh the bust.

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.


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