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J.J. Nelson

26-Year-Old Wide Receiver – Arizona Cardinals

2017 Receiving Stats

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29

Yds

508

TD

2

Avg

17.5

Tar

61

2018 Receiving Projections

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2018 Fantasy Football Outlook

With a contract year dangling like a carrot in front of him, Nelson may finally put together his immense gifts and have a true breakout season. Boasting 4.28 speed from the 2015 combine, his field-str...

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2018 ADP:  359.17

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Bye Week:  9

HT: 5' 10"   WT: 160   DOB: 4/24/1992  College: UAB  DRAFTED: 5th Rd   Show ContractHide Contract

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J.J. Nelson Contract Information:

Signed a four-year contract with the Cardinals in May 2015.

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Nelson reeled in 29 of 61 passes for 508 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games during the 2017 season.

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J.J. Nelson NFL Stats
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  Receiving Rec Distance Big Rec Games Rushing Kick Ret Punt Ret Fumbles
Year Age Team G Rec Yards TD Tar Avg YPT 20+ 40+ 100+ 150+ 200+ Att Yards Avg TD Yds TD Yds TD Tot Lost
2011 19 CFB 12 17 358 4 0 21.1 - - - - - - 10 23 - 1 - - - - - -
2012 20 CFB 7 22 414 4 0 18.8 - - - - - - 1 0 - 0 - - - - - -
2013 21 CFB 10 42 846 8 0 20.1 - - - - - - 2 22 - 0 - - - - - -
2014 22 CFB 12 35 655 4 0 18.7 - - - - - - 5 45 - 0 - - - - - -
2015 23 ARI 11 11 299 2 27 27.2 11.1 7 1 1 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 13 0 1 1
2016 24 ARI 15 34 568 6 74 16.7 7.7 9 4 1 0 0 4 83 20.8 1 53 0 0 0 1 1
2017 25 ARI 16 29 508 2 61 17.5 8.3 6 2 1 0 0 3 37 12.3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
2018 Proj 26 ARI Subscribe now to see our 2018 projections for J.J. Nelson

Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

J.J. Nelson Fantasy/Red Zone Stats
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  Fantasy Points Per Game Receiving Stats Red Zone Targets Rushing Stats Red Zone Runs
Year Age Team G Standard PPR 0.5 PPR Rec/G Yds/G In20 In10 In5 Att/G Yds/G In20 In10 In5
2011 19 CFB 12 5.7 7.1 6.4 1 30 - - - 1 2 - - -
2012 20 CFB 7 9.3 12.5 10.9 3 59 - - - 0 0 - - -
2013 21 CFB 10 13.5 17.7 15.6 4 85 - - - 0 2 - - -
2014 22 CFB 12 7.8 10.8 9.3 3 55 - - - 0 4 - - -
2015 23 ARI 11 3.8 4.8 4.3 1 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 24 ARI 15 7.1 9.4 8.3 2 38 11 4 2 0 6 1 0 0
2017 25 ARI 16 4.2 6.0 5.1 2 32 3 2 1 0 2 0 0 0
2018 Proj 26 ARI Subscribe now to see our 2018 projections for J.J. Nelson

Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

J.J. Nelson – Playing Time Overview

Snap Count Stats

539

Offensive Snaps in 2017

J.J. Nelson was on the field for 539 of his team's snaps on offense in 2017.

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Special Teams Snaps in 2017

J.J. Nelson was on the field for 17 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2017.

Year Off ST
2015 148 15
2016 471 10
2017 539 17
J.J. Nelson 2017 Game Log
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  Snap Count Receiving Rec Distance Rushing Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret Red Zone Targets Red Zone Runs
Week Opp Off ST Rec Yards TD Tar Avg 20+ 40+ Att Yards Avg TD Tot Lost Yds TD Yds TD In20 In10 In5 In20 In10 In5
1 @Det 30 4 5 43 1 6 8.6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0
2 @Ind 50 0 5 120 1 7 24.0 2 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
3 Dal 52 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 SF 25 0 3 34 0 4 11.3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 @Phi 32 0 4 80 0 6 20.0 1 0 1 14 14.0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 TB 12 2 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 1 16 16.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 @LAR 28 0 2 39 0 5 19.5 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 BYE Bye Week
9 @SF 27 0 1 15 0 2 15.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Sea 29 0 1 17 0 4 17.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 @Hou 29 0 1 14 0 3 14.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Jax 40 5 1 14 0 4 14.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 LAR 50 0 2 42 0 8 21.0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 Ten 40 0 2 26 0 3 13.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 @Was 59 0 1 46 0 3 46.0 1 1 1 7 7.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 NYG 10 1 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 @Sea 26 5 1 18 0 1 18.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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A blank stat line is used above whenever a player was not on the field for any plays in the game that week.

Measurables Overview for J.J. Nelson  (View College Stats & News)
As Compared To Other Wide Receivers
Height:   5' 10"
BELOW AVERAGE
Weight:   160 lbs
BELOW AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.28 sec
ELITE
Shuttle Time:   4.15 sec
GOOD
Cone Drill:   7.02 sec
WEAK
Arm Length:   31.13 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Hand Length:   8.25 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   36 in
GOOD
Broad Jump:   127 in
ELITE
Bench Press
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J.J. Nelson: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Nelson snagged one of three targets for a 46-yard gain and added a seven-yard run during Sunday's 20-15 loss to Washington.

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Nelson gathered in two of three passes for 26 yards during Sunday's 12-7 win versus the Titans.

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Nelson (knee) is listed as active Sunday versus the Titans, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

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Nelson (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's contest versus the Titans, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

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Nelson (knee) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

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Nelson was limited in practice Wednesday with a knee injury, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

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Nelson snagged two of eight targets for 42 yards during Sunday's 32-16 loss to the Rams.

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Nelson played 40 of the Cardinals' 73 offensive snaps during Sunday's 27-24 win against the Jaguars.

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Nelson (chest) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

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Nelson (chest) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

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2017

Nelson's job is to stretch the field, and that he did last year with 16.7 YPC, four catches of 40-plus yards and six touchdowns on only 74 targets. Nelson added a 56-yard rushing TD for good measure in Week 14. At 5-10, 156, Nelson might be the NFL's lightest player, but he's also on the short list for its fastest with 4.28 40 speed. He'll never be a red-zone threat no matter how thinned out the depth chart is, so any damage he does will have to be from long range, and that will make his week-to-week performance more erratic than WRs who catch short throws. With Larry Fitzgerald turning 34 in August, Michael Floyd gone, John Brown recovering from an illness-driven down year and no tight ends of which to speak, Nelson could see more opportunities in 2017, though his slight frame means he'll likely never be a high-volume receiver.

2016

As a rookie last season, Nelson recorded 11 receptions for 299 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games. The 24-year-old could experience an increase in production in 2016, but in a receiving corps loaded with talent -- namely Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, and John Brown -- it will be tough for Nelson to receive enough reps to make him a consistent fantasy contributor. Nonetheless, in a Cardinals offense under the playcalling of head coach Bruce Arians, Nelson will surely be utilized as a deep threat due to his burner status.

2015

A fifth-round selection of the 2015 NFL Draft, Nelson enters the professional ranks as one of the smallest (5-foot-10, 156 pounds) players in the league, which will likely hurt his chances to contribute in a loaded Cardinals wide receiver corps that includes a player, John Brown, of similar stature (5-foot-11, 179 pounds). Nelson offsets his diminutive frame with noted speed, namely a 4.28 40-yard dash from the combine, meaning he'll likely be considered as a return specialist to start his career. In addition to 19.6 YPC and 20 touchdown receptions during four seasons at UAB, he blazed a trail in the return game, dashing for 25.4 yards per kickoff return and taking five such returns to the house.