Nelson
J.J. Nelson
J.J. Nelson
J.J. Nelson
J.J. Nelson
26-Year-Old WR
2017 Receiving Stats
2018 Receiving Projections
REC
29
YDS
508
TD
2
AVG
17.5
TAR
-
 
 
 
 
 
2018 Fantasy 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-stretching ability has translated to 22 receptions of 20 or more yards in 42... read more
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-stretching ability has translated to 22 receptions of 20 or more yards in 42 career appearances. Moreover, he's posted back-to-back 500-yard seasons and has a seven-touchdown campaign (2016) on his resume. While his catch rate has also improved each year, Nelson managed to haul in just 47.5 percent of his 61 targets in 2017. Making matters worse, he's among the smallest players in the league at 5-10 and 160 pounds. The Cardinals' passing attack in the coming season will be dominated by the ever-reliable Larry Fitzgerald and elite receiving back David Johnson. Beyond the duo, Nelson is the best bet to take the top off defenses, but the presence of 2018 second-round selection Christian Kirk is a barrier to Nelson getting consistent work on short and intermediate routes.
HT: 5'10"   WT: 160 lbs.   DOB: 4/24/1992   College: UAB   Drafted: 5th Rd, #23 Overall in 2015Show Contract
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J.J. Nelson Contract Info:
Signed a four-year contract with the Cardinals in May 2015.
Three targets in two preseason games
WRArizona Cardinals
August 20, 2018
Nelson has combined for two catches (on three targets) for 10 yards through two preseason games.
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J.J. Nelson NFL Stats
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J.J. Nelson 2017 NFL Game Log
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Snap Counts
  • 2017 Offensive Snaps:
    539
  • 2017 Special Teams Snaps:
    17
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2015
148
15
2016
471
10
2017
539
17
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other WRs)

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:   0 reps
Not Available
Arizona Cardinals Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
2015
  1. J.J. Nelson 2018 Preseason Outlook
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  2. J.J. Nelson 2017 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  3. J.J. Nelson 2016 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  4. J.J. Nelson 2015 Preseason Outlook
    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.
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Three targets in two preseason games
WRArizona Cardinals
August 20, 2018
Nelson has combined for two catches (on three targets) for 10 yards through two preseason games.
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Vying for No. 2 role
WRArizona Cardinals
June 25, 2018
Nelson is in the mix for the No. 2 wide receiver spot behind Larry Fitzgerald, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
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Reaches 500 yards again
WRArizona Cardinals
January 6, 2018
Nelson reeled in 29 of 61 passes for 508 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games during the 2017 season.
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Accumulates 53 yards
WRArizona Cardinals
December 19, 2017
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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Posts two receptions Sunday
WRArizona Cardinals
December 11, 2017
Nelson gathered in two of three passes for 26 yards during Sunday's 12-7 win versus the Titans.
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