J.J. Nelson

J.J. Nelson

Wide Receiver #14
Team: Las Vegas Raiders
Ht / Wt:5'10" / 151 lb.
College:UAB
Age:26
Born:October 3, 1993
Drafted:2015 / Rd. 5 (159)
Draft Team:ARZ

J.J. Nelson: Cut by Oakland

The Raiders released Nelson (knee) on Thursday.

Analysis: Oakland was counting on the speedy Nelson to provide the team with a field-stretching threat opposite Tyrell Williams, but that never really came to fruition while the former missed four of the team's first five contests due to injury. With the Raiders recently bringing in Zay Jones via trade to bolster the receiving corps, there apparently wasn't any room left for the banged-up Nelson. Once he shakes off the injury, Nelson could end up re-signing with Oakland or land elsewhere as a depth option.

October 10, 2019 3:11 PM EST

J.J. Nelson: Not playing Week 5

Nelson is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bears in London.

Analysis: Nelson was downgraded to non-participant in Friday's practice, which turned out to be a harbinger of his inactive status. With Nelson's fellow wideouts Tyrone Williams (foot) and Dwayne Harris (ankle) also on the shelf Sunday, the Raiders are down to a top receiver trio of rookie Hunter Renfrow, Keelan Doss and Trevor Davis against a ferocious Bears defense. Tight end Darren Waller may be in line for a bump in his already massive workload as a result, but quarterback Derek Carr's prospects, already shaky to start with versus Chicago, become downright grim in the wake of the multiple absences.

October 6, 2019 8:46 AM EST

J.J. Nelson: Questionable Week 5

Nelson (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game versus the Bears in London.

Analysis: Nelson worked as a limited participant the first two days of the week, so it's not a great sign that he was downgraded to a non-participant Friday. Tyrell Williams (foot) and Dwayne Harris (ankle) are also questionable, potentially pushing Hunter Renfrow and Trevor Davis into expanded roles Sunday.

October 4, 2019 7:03 AM EST

J.J. Nelson: Reps capped for second straight day

Nelson (knee) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Nelson was a last-minute inactive ahead of the Week 4 win over the Colts in what was attributed to a bout of leg tightness, but it's a knee issue more specifically that has limited his reps in practice the past two days. While Nelson's ability to practice in any capacity can be taken as a positive sign, he'll probably need to upgrade to full participation Friday to have any shot at avoiding an injury designation heading into Sunday's game against the Bears.

October 3, 2019 8:32 AM EST

J.J. Nelson: Limited in Wednesday's practice

Nelson (knee) participated in a limited fashion during Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Nelson was slated to play in Week 4 versus the Colts but felt leg tightness in pregame warmups and was deemed inactive. The Raiders will likely take precaution with Nelson this week, and it's a good sign he's still participating in some capacity Wednesday. Nelson could have a major role on offense in Sunday's game versus the Chiefs if he can shake this injury since Tyrell Williams (foot) sat out Wednesday's practice.

October 2, 2019 12:49 PM EST

J.J. Nelson: Experiences leg tightness in warmups

Nelson experienced some tightness in his leg during pre-game warmups and as a result was made inactive for Sunday's game against the Colts, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: This news clarifies that Nelson -- who wasn't on the Raiders' Week 4 injury report -- was not a healthy scratch. In his absence, Hunter Renfrow, Keelan Doss and Trevor Davis profile as the Raiders' healthy wide receivers Sunday behind No. 1 option Tyrell Williams

September 29, 2019 9:30 AM EST

J.J. Nelson: Healthy scratch Week 4

Nelson (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 4 tilt against the Colts.

Analysis: This comes as somewhat of a surprise after Nelson found the end zone and logged four catches overall in a Week 3 loss to the Vikings. The veteran wideout's inactive status comes with fellow receiver Dwayne Harris (ankle) also sidelined, leaving Hunter Renfrow, Trevor Davis and Keelan Doss as the wideout options behind No. 1 option Tyrell Williams. According to Vic Tafur of The Athletic Nelson is apparently still struggling somewhat with the ankle injury that cost him participation in a Week 2 matchup against the Chiefs.

September 29, 2019 8:37 AM EST

J.J. Nelson: Gets into end zone Sunday

Nelson caught four of five targets for an output of 36 receiving yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 34-14 loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: The 27-year-old wideout was unable to go against the Chiefs in Week 2 due to an ankle injury, but got back on the field in Week 3 after upgrading from limited to full practice participation between Wednesday and Thursday. Nelson fielded six offensive snaps and was not targeted in the season opener against the Broncos, but he ranked second on the team in targets Sunday behind only Darren Waller (14). Nelson is a bona fide downfield threat with a career yards per catch average of 17.8, and he'll have opportunities for big plays in Week 4 taking on a Colts defense that allowed Atlanta to complete eight passes of 15-plus yards Sunday.

September 22, 2019 4:13 PM EST

J.J. Nelson: Practices fully Thursday

Nelson (ankle) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Nelson was limited in practice Wednesday, so his full participation Thursday is great news for his status for Sunday's contest against Minnesota. The 27-year-old missed Oakland's Week 2 matchup with the Chiefs with the ankle issue, but now it seems he'll be able to return to his depth role in the Raiders' receiving corps.

September 19, 2019 2:37 PM EST

J.J. Nelson: Listed as limited

Nelson (ankle) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Nelson didn't practice in any capacity last week before drawing an inactive tag, so his limited participation is a step in the right direction. The 2015 fifth-round pick projects to serve as a deep threat for the Raiders when healthy, though he shouldn't necessarily be expected to receive regular weekly snaps. The addition of Trevor Davis to Oakland's wideout corps provides Nelson with some additional competition.

September 18, 2019 2:34 PM EST

J.J. Nelson: Ruled out for Week 2

Nelson (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.

Analysis: With Nelson out, Ryan Grant and Hunter Renfrow will continue to see their share of work behind top wideout Tyrell Williams. Either of the two could emerge as deep league options down the road, but for now Williams and tight end Darren Waller are clearly QB Derek Carr's favorite passing targets.

September 13, 2019 1:06 PM EST

J.J. Nelson: Misses another practice

Nelson (ankle) did not practice Friday, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Nelson is thus trending toward inactive status Sunday against the Chiefs. In such a scenario, Keelan Doss would be a candidate to be made active in Week 2, while Ryan Grant and Hunter Renfrow would continue to see their share of work behind top wideout Tyrell Williams.

September 13, 2019 11:05 AM EST

J.J. Nelson: Misses practice Thursday

Nelson (ankle) didn't practice Thursday.

Analysis: Nelson missed practice for a second straight day, after playing through the ankle injury in Monday's 24-16 win over Denver. He was limited to six snaps in the contest, working behind Tyrell Williams, Ryan Grant and Hunter Renfrow in the WR pecking order. Nelson won't necessarily get regular snaps when he's healthy, but his speed provides a nice contrast to the other receivers on Oakland's roster.

September 12, 2019 2:20 PM EST

J.J. Nelson: Not spotted at practice Wednesday

Nelson (ankle) was not seen at Wednesday's practice, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Nelson was limited during Monday's win over the Broncos due to an ankle sprain, the same issue which he's been working to recover from since August. The fifth-year wideout logged only eight snaps on offense without a target Week 1, and he doesn't yet appear to be back to full health.

September 11, 2019 12:14 PM EST

J.J. Nelson: Available Week 1

Nelson (ankle) is active for Monday's game versus the Broncos.

Analysis: Nelson spent the second half of August in recovery mode from an ankle sprain, and when he returned to practice for Week 1 preparations, he didn't log more than a limited showing. No matter, he'll be available to quarterback Derek Carr in the Raiders' first game without Antonio Brown. Prior to being completely devalued by the coaching staff in Arizona last season, Nelson reeled off 18.6 yards per catch and 10 touchdowns on 74 targets between 2015 and 2017.

September 9, 2019 5:52 PM EST

J.J. Nelson: Questionable for Monday

Nelson (ankle) is questionable for Monday's game against the Broncos, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Nelson's status is all the more important following Saturday's news that Antonio Brown had been released. As a result, the speedy wideout could ultimately share the field plenty with Ryan Grant, Hunter Renfrow and Dwayne Harris should he prove healthy enough to play, something that will likely get decided closer to Monday's 10:20 PM ET kickoff.

September 7, 2019 12:46 PM EST

J.J. Nelson: Still limited Friday

Nelson (ankle) practiced in a limited capacity Friday.

Analysis: Nelson maintained the same status for a second straight session as he continues his recovery from a preseason ankle sprain. Saturday's injury report will shed light on his ability to suit up Monday versus the Broncos.

September 6, 2019 1:50 PM EST

J.J. Nelson: Logs limited practice

Nelson (ankle) was limited at practice Thursday.

Analysis: Nelson had been dealing with an ankle sprain during the preseason, but the fact that he's practicing this week gives him a chance to suit up Monday night against the Broncos. If he's able to play in Week 1, Nelson's projected role as as an occasional field stretcher could expand, with teammate Antonio Brown believed to be in line to be suspended by the Raiders.

September 5, 2019 2:17 PM EST

J.J. Nelson: Returns from ankle injury

Nelson (ankle) returned to practice Monday, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Nelson sprained his ankle in the second week of the preseason and was held out for the last two games. He should be able to play Week 1 against the Broncos, but he'll likely be limited to a part-time role as an occasional field stretcher.

September 2, 2019 1:20 PM EST

J.J. Nelson: Suffers sprained ankle

Nelson suffered a sprained ankle during Thursday's preseason game against the Cardinals, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Nelson believes he could've have gone back into the game if needed, though the Raiders saw no need to push him in an exhibition. He'll be labeled questionable for Oakland's next preseason matchup in Green Bay.

August 15, 2019 8:35 PM EST

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