7. J.J. Nelson, week 16 at Seattle Seahawks
For most of the season, Nelson struggled much like former Cardinals receiver Michael Floyd. Nelson was making mistakes, dropping passes that should have been caught.
Since he was drafted in 2015 we’ve known the speed Nelson possesses. He just hadn’t had a chance to show it much in 2016.
We got a glimpse of it on a Wildcat-play against the Miami Dolphins in week 14. However a big reception against the Seattle Seahawks in week 16 made a day for him in a 34-31 victory over the Seahawks.
Nelson beat the Seahawks secondary for a 80-yard reception from quarterback Carson Palmer. It was the deep play the Cardinals had been lacking all season up that point.
On the day, Nelson ended up with three receptions for 132-yards and the touchdown. The touchdown by the way was the longest at CenturyLink Field since it had opened. The stadium opened for business in 2002.