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J.J. Nelson
WR #14
Height:
5-10
Weight:
156
Age:
24
College:
UAB
Hometown:
Midfield, AL
Experience:
3

Quick Stats (2016):

REC
34
YDS
568
AVG
16.7
TDS
6
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesReceivingRushingFumbles
GGSRecYdsAvgLongTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
TOTAL 45 867 19.3 80 8 5 83 16.6 56 1 2 2
2016 ARI 15 6 34 568 16.7 80T 6 4 83 20.8 56T 1 1 1
2015 ARI 11 2 11 299 27.2 64T 2 1 0 -- 0 0 1 1
Recent Games
WKOppResultReceivingRushingFumbles
RecYdsAvgLngTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
1 NE L 21-23 1 11 11 11 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2 TB W 40-7 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 @BUF L 18-33 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
4 LA L 13-17 1 24 24 24 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
5 @SF W 33-21 0 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
6 NYJ W 28-3 2 16 8 11 0 2 23 11.5 14 0 -- --
7 SEA L 6-6 3 84 28 40 0 1 4 4 4 0 -- --
8 @CAR L 20-30 8 79 9.9 19 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
10 SF W 23-20 2 29 14.5 17 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
11 @MIN L 24-30 1 0 -- 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
12 @ATL L 19-38 2 30 15 17 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
13 WAS W 31-23 1 42 42 42 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
14 @MIA L 23-26 1 8 8 8 1 1 56 56 56 1 -- --
15 NO L 41-48 5 38 7.6 11 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
16 @SEA W 34-31 3 132 44 80 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
17 @LA W 44-6 4 75 18.8 32 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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Biography

 NoteCARDS:

  • Selected by the Cardinals with their second pick in the fifth round (159th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft, Nelson played in 11 games (two starts) as a rookie and caught 11 passes for 299 yards (team-high 27.2 avg.) and two TDs. Seven of Nelson’s 11 receptions in 2015 went for 20+ yards.
  • In Week 11 on Sunday Night Football against Cincinnati, Nelson had the best game of his rookie season when he caught four passes for 142 yards (35.5 yard avg.) and a 64-yard TD. His 142 receiving yards were the most by a rookie in a game last season.
  • Nelson was the first Alabama-Birmingham player ever selected by the Cardinals in the NFL Draft and just the 11th player ever drafted from the school.
  • He was the fastest player at the 2015 NFL Combine, running the 40-yard dash in 4.28 seconds.
  • During his four seasons with the Blazers, Nelson averaged 19.6 yards per reception (116 catches for 2,273 yards) and of his 27 career TDs, 19 covered more than 40 yards.

Pro Career: The second of the Cardinals two fifth-round selections (159th overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft, Nelson played in 11 games (two starts) as a rookie.

 NoteCARDS:

  • Selected by the Cardinals with their second pick in the fifth round (159th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft, Nelson played in 11 games (two starts) as a rookie and caught 11 passes for 299 yards (team-high 27.2 avg.) and two TDs. Seven of Nelson’s 11 receptions in 2015 went for 20+ yards.
  • In Week 11 on Sunday Night Football against Cincinnati, Nelson had the best game of his rookie season when he caught four passes for 142 yards (35.5 yard avg.) and a 64-yard TD. His 142 receiving yards were the most by a rookie in a game last season.
  • Nelson was the first Alabama-Birmingham player ever selected by the Cardinals in the NFL Draft and just the 11th player ever drafted from the school.
  • He was the fastest player at the 2015 NFL Combine, running the 40-yard dash in 4.28 seconds.
  • During his four seasons with the Blazers, Nelson averaged 19.6 yards per reception (116 catches for 2,273 yards) and of his 27 career TDs, 19 covered more than 40 yards.

Pro Career: The second of the Cardinals two fifth-round selections (159th overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft, Nelson played in 11 games (two starts) as a rookie.

2015: Played in 11 games with two starts and caught 11 passes for 299 yards and two TDs, leading the team with a 27.2-yards per catch average … added three catches for 33 yards along with 56 yards on three kick returns in two playoff games … made NFL debut and returned two punts for 15 yards vs. NO (9/13) … had one special teams tackle @ Chi (9/20); left the game with a shoulder injury … inactive (shoulder) the next three games … inactive @ Pit (10/18) … with John Brown not playing due to injury, made first career start and had three receptions for 70 yards @ Cle (11/1); first career catch was a 38-yarder on opening drive that helped set up a TD five plays later … had a breakout performance on Sunday Night Football with four catches for game-high 142 yards and a TD vs. Cin (11/22); 64-yard TD in the third quarter tied the game at 14-14 and was his first career score and a season-long reception; converted a 3rd-n-14 with a 36-yard catch and a 3rd-n-16 with a 23-yard catch; had 19-yard reception on the first play of game-winning FG drive with less than a minute remaining  ... had two catches for 53 yards @ SF (11/29), including a 34-yard reception that put the Cardinals at the 1-yard line on the game-winning TD drive … caught two passes for 53 yards and a 22-yard TD on the game-opening possession @ StL (12/6) … had an eight-yard reception in Divisional Playoff vs. GB (1/16/16) … caught two passes for 25 yards in NFC Championship Game @ Car (1/24/16).

College: Appeared in 46 games (22 starts) and finished his UAB career with 116 receptions for 2,273 yards and 20 TDs ... on special teams, had 76 kickoff returns for 1,932 yards and five TDs and returned 35 punts for 375 yards and a TD … also ran the ball 18 times for 90 yards and a TD … 20 career receiving TDs tied for third-most in Blazers history … scored 27 TDs (20 receiving/5 kick returns/1 punt return/1 rushing) during his career … of his 27 career TDs, 19 of them were plays of more than 40 yards … ranks first all-time in school history for all-purpose yards with 4,670 ... had five career kickoff return TDs in career to rank third all-time in Conference USA history … appeared in all 12 games with a career-high 11 starts and became UAB’s first Walter Camp first-team All-American as a senior ... led the country with a 38.3-yard kickoff return average and four kickoff return TDs ... also led the nation in combined kick return (kickoffs and punts) yardage ... named first-team All-American by USA Today and CBSSports.com ... JET Award recipient as Most Valuable Kick Returner of the Year, named for former Nebraska Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers … finished the season with 22 kickoff returns for 843 yards and four TDs ... ranked 10th in the nation in all-purpose yards (1,820) and averaged 151.7 all-purpose yards per game ... had three 100-yard receiving games to increase his career total to 11 ... led Blazers in receptions (42), receiving yards (846) and receiving TDs (8) while averaging 20.1 yards per catch as a junior … earned second-team All-Conference USA honors … ranked second in C-USA in receiving yards per game and all-purpose yards, sixth in scoring and seventh in receptions … tied for C-USA lead as he registered four 100-yard receiving games … returned a kickoff 97 yards for a TD vs. Troy and a punt 63 yards for a TD vs. Northwestern State …. had 367 all-purpose yards (highest total in NCAA) in the season opener at Troy … ranked No. 10 nationally in all-purpose yards … played in all 12 games with four starts for the Blazers as a sophomore and finished with 22 receptions for 414 yards and tied for the team lead with four TDs … his 18.8-yards per catch average were a team high … appeared in all 12 games as a freshman, seeing significant action at WR and also as a kick returner … had 17 receptions for 358 yards with a team-leading four TDs … also led team in average yards per catch (21.1) and had team-high 24 kickoff returns for 422 yards (17.6 avg.) … redshirted in 2010.

Personal: Attended Midfield (AL) High School where he led the team to the state Class 4A semifinals after finishing 11-2 during his senior season ... recorded 55 receptions for 1,049 yards, 214 yards rushing, five INTs and 19 TDs ... named The Birmingham News Metro-West Player of the Year ... selected to The Birmingham News All-Metro West Offensive Team ... named to the ASWA first-team All-State ... two-time Class 4A state champion in the 100 meters and also captured the 200-meter title … was also a highly regarded basketball player for Midfield, earning team MVP and all-region honors … two-year letter winner in track and field and basketball … majored in Communications Management.

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