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|J.J. Nelson now a starter in Arizona -- Mon Oct 31 5:40 pm --|
Moves past Michael Floyd after two-score game in Week 8
|J.J. Nelson had a whale of a game for a backup on Sunday against the Panthers. So good, in fact, he’s now a starter.
The second-year wideout hauled in eight catches for 79 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the 30-20 loss to the Panthers, showing his talent as an intermediate receiver rather than just a deep threat. Nelson saw a lot of time because of hamstring injuries to John Brown and Michael Floyd, but coach Bruce Arians didn’t want him referred to as a fill-in.
“J.J. didn’t step in,” Arians said. “That’s his job right now, and somebody is going to have to take it back from him.” (azcardinals,com)|
FF Today's Take: It's hard to believe the 5-10, 160-pound Nelson has supplanted the 6-2, 220-pound Floyd, but the latter just has never done enough consistently and always seems to be battling injuries. Nelson is one of the fastest players in the NFL and has drawn 19 targets over the last two weeks, and he's probably the second-best receiver in Arizona at the moment with Brown fighting his own health issues. Much like a young DeSean Jackson, Nelson figures to be a boom/bust WR3 going forward.
| Michael Floyd "uphill battle" to play -- Sun Oct 30 8:15 am --|
John Brown expected to be active
|#AZCardinals WR John Brown (hamstring) is slated to play after a week out, source said, but WR Michael Floyd has an uphill battle to do so (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Floyd has been battling a hamstring injury and didn't practice much this week. The Cardinals play early so we'll know his status an hour and a half before kickoff. Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown and J.J. Nelson should make up the Cardinals receiving corps against the Panthers.