J.J. Nelson wants to be more than deep threat for Cardinals

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The Cardinals brought in Brice Butler, Christian Kirk and Greg Little this offseason as they look for a No. 2 receiver to go with Larry Fitzgerald.

Those new faces join holdovers Chad Williams and J.J. Nelson in the mix for the job and Nelson is hoping that the shuffling of the group gives him a chance to show off more facets to his game. Nelson has been known as a deep threat since joining Arizona as a 2015 fifth-round pick, but he’d like to change that perception in 2018.

“Coming in and being labeled a deep-ball guy,” Nelson said, via the team’s website, “I’ve been trying to put the total package together and I feel like with this offense, it can help me with that for sure.”

Nelson has never caught more than 34 passes of played half the offensive snaps in any of his three seasons, but the presence of a new coaching staff and the absence of a sure thing behind Fitzgerald offers a real opportunity to change those things. That opportunity is a new one for the other receivers as well, which should make the receiver competition one of the most closely watched parts of Cardinals camp this summer.

5 responses to “J.J. Nelson wants to be more than deep threat for Cardinals

  1. J.J. has the speed necessary for downfield routes. He can get open with his speed. Now you couple that with his ability to do …. exactly what?

    J.J. is not noted for his great hands! You need to be able to catch the ball, otherwise you’re just a decoy!

  2. A lot of JJ Nelson’s drops last season had to do with inaccurate QB’s playing the position for 11 weeks in Drew Stanton n Blaine Gabbert (who has zero touch, everything is 100MPH) throwing to him. With much better much more accurate QB’s on the roster in Sam Bradford and Josh Rosen I dont think drops will be that big of a problem.

    That said I still think he will likely be the #4WR used mainly as a deep and intermediate threat with that 4.27 40spd he possess because he isnt all that good of a route runner. 6″3-220pd Brice Butler w/ a 41in vertical and 4.34spd looks really good and has really improved his route running, he will be a #3 I think. 6″2 WR Chad Williams (4.39 40) will get a lot of passes thrown his way this year having greatly improved going into year 2, but I think rookie 5″11-205pd WR Christian Kirk (4.45 40) will be the full time #2 WR, and All-Pro RB/WR 6″2 David Johnson also doubling as a truly elite #2WR will line up as the #2WR a lot with RB/WR Chase Edmonds lining up in the backfield (or going empty set without a back) with Kirk moving out to the #3 role, and of course All-Pro WR Larry Fitzgerald will be Arizona’s #1 WR.

  3. When watching Larry Fitz consistently catch the ball the way he does, do you ever wonder why other receivers cannot hang onto the damn ball like him??? Nothing is more frustrating when the ball is their hands and they drop it? WTF???

    The answer is simple J.J….

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