Cardinals rookie receiver J.J. Nelson somehow overran an overthrown ball

Aug 26, 2015, 12:20 PM | Updated: 2:35 pm
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver J.J. Nelson (14) pulls in a pass as San Diego Chargers cornerback R...

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver J.J. Nelson (14) pulls in a pass as San Diego Chargers cornerback Richard Crawford (35) defends during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
LISTEN: J.J. Nelson - Cardinals' wide receiver

If you’d like to comprehend what having 4.28-second speed in the 40-yard dash feels like, then soak in Arizona Cardinals receiver J.J. Nelson’s account of his 57-yard reception this past weekend against the Chargers.

Nelson made an appearance on the “Off the Edge” show on Arizona Sports 98.7 and explained how he had to catch up to an overthrown ball by quarterback Carson Palmer.

The more ridiculous part of it?

Nelson said he ended up over-running the throw.

“First, like you say, it was a go ball,” Nelson told “Off the Edge’s” Bertrand Berry. “The defender, he was off coverage at least 10 yards. I got to break this cushion. After I broke the cushion, I looked up for the ball, and it looked like it was going to sail over my head. So I was like, ‘man, I got to accelerate, I got to find a way to get to this ball.’ So when I looked back, I felt like I overran the ball — that’s what made me catch it like by my hip and I ended up falling.”

Palmer said after the game that he believed he’d overthrown Nelson and that the rookie wideout put on the nitrous to catch up to the ball.

The video backs Nelson’s explanation. If Palmer indeed overthrew the ball then Nelson, who clocked a 4.28 seconds in the NFL Combine’s 40-yard draft this year, somehow made up ground and then some.

“I wish I stayed on my feet and got into the endzone,” Nelson added. “At that point in time, I was like, ‘I just got to make this play.'”

Life Changer Loans

Comments

Comment guidelines: No name-calling, personal attacks, profanity, or insults. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate comments by reporting abuse.
comments powered by Disqus

Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals RB Eno Benjamin runs through drills during the Red & White practice on Saturday, ...
Tyler Drake

Cardinals notebook: RB Eno Benjamin’s confidence ‘through the roof’

It's all about staying locked into the moment when Cardinals RB Eno Benjamin gets the starting nod against the Bengals on Friday.
15 hours ago
Cortez Davis #18 of the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors makes an interception against Jalen Cropper #5 of t...
Jake Anderson

Arizona Cardinals sign rookie cornerback Cortez Davis

The Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday signed rookie cornerback Cortez Davis, adding depth to a highly-competitive position battle.
15 hours ago
The Cincinnati Bengals announced Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, that Paul Brown Stadium will be called Payc...
Associated Press

Cardinals visit Bengals on Friday at renamed Paycor Stadium

The home of the Cincinnati Bengals will no longer carry the name of team founder and NFL pioneer Paul Brown.
15 hours ago
Arizona Cardinals' Marco Wilson runs drills during the NFL football team's training camp at State F...
Arizona Sports

Marco Wilson knows he’s earned nothing in Cardinals’ CB rotation

Arizona Cardinals second-year pro Marco Wilson is aware that relative success his rookie year hasn't cemented his place as the No. 2 corner.
15 hours ago
Arizona Cardinals CB Antonio Hamilton runs during training camp on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, in Glendal...
Tyler Drake

Cardinals notebook: Antonio Hamilton continues to gain his peers’ respect

It's still relatively early on in camp, but one name that's been talked about more and more with every Cardinals practice is Antonio Hamilton.
2 days ago
Arizona Cardinals tight end Maxx Williams (87) avoids the tackle of Philadelphia Eagles strong safe...
Tyler Drake

Cardinals’ Maxx Williams taking ‘day-by-day’ approach in return from injury

Arizona Cardinals TE Maxx Williams surprised many this offseason when he was taken off the physically unable to perform list last Thursday.
2 days ago
Cardinals rookie receiver J.J. Nelson somehow overran an overthrown ball