Nelson failed to catch his only target during Sunday's 26-14 loss to Kansas City. Arizona's offense might have a new coordinator, but -- through two games -- the points haven't been pouring in. The fourth-year speedster is feeling the pain. Never much of a volume target, Nelson at least used to be able to be counted on as a big-play threat with a career 18.6-yards-per-catch average during his first three seasons. He's yet to record even a 10-yard catch this season. If he were to turn it around, Sunday's matchup with Oakland would be the ideal opportunity: The Raiders have given up a league-high 13.9 yards per reception. Still, that's not a safe bet.
Nelson had an eight-yard run and was unable to haul in his only target during Sunday's 18-15 win over the 49ers. The Cardinals have a new offensive coordinator, but the change doesn't appear to mean much for Nelson -- at least in the short term. The fourth-year target has more catchless games (five) than games with a reception (three) thus far this season and has reached double-digit total yardage just once this season. The Cardinals offense seems to be making small strides and has a favorable matchup coming up against a leaky Chiefs defense Sunday, but Nelson doesn't look to be a viable factor.
Nelson compiled one rush for seven yards and two receptions (on four targets) for eight yards during Thursday's 45-10 defeat to the Broncos. Benefiting from his most targets and first carry of the campaign, Nelson surpassed 10 yards from scrimmage for the first time in 2018. His production isn't even sniffing that of the first three years of his career under former coach Bruce Arians, who used the wideout's blazing speed to keep defenses honest. With a change from Mike McCoy to Byron Leftwich at offensive coordinator, perhaps Nelson can begin to approach his marks of 18.6 YPC and 8.5 YPT from before this season.
Nelson (back) has been cleared of an injury designation going into Thursday's matchup against the Broncos, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Nelson was able to log a full practice Wednesday after practicing in limited capacity Monday and Tuesday. The 26-year-old has two receptions for 13 yards through six games.
Nelson (back) was limited in practice Tuesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. On Sunday in Minnesota, Nelson earned his second-most offensive snaps (11) in a game this season, which he parlayed into his second reception of 2018. He's averaging pitiful marks of 7.5 yards per catch and 2.6 yards per target, which is a far cry from 18.6 and 8.5, respectively, from the first three years of his career, all of them under retired coach Bruce Arians. It appears the new coaching staff prefers Larry Fitzgerald, rookie Christian Kirk and even Chad WIlliams to fill in at wideout, leaving Nelson to fight for scraps on gameday. With a back injury in tow, there's now a chance Nelson could be held out altogether on a short week.
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