32-Year-Old Safety – Cincinnati Bengals
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
Acquired in 2010 as a rehabilitation project after three busted years in Jacksonville, Nelson improved under Marvin Lewis' watch, culminating in his best IDP season yet in 2014. Nelson reached a caree...
Reggie Nelson Contract Information:
Re-signed by the Bengals in March of 2012.
The Bengals secondary lost both of their coaches, Vance Joseph and Mark Carrier, to other organizations, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Nelson, who recorded 83 tackles (54 solo) and three interceptions last season, is expected to start at free safety for the Bengals in 2013.
He was a huge bust in Jacksonville as a former first-round pick, but Nelson finally came to life for Cincinnati in 2011. He still isn't much of a tackler, but he posted just enough (85 tackles, 59 solo) to be a non-liability in that department and added four interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and 12 passes defended. He also threw in two sacks and two forced fumbles. With a deep and effective front seven ahead of him, Nelson should continue to see a fair number of rushed, off-target passes as he reprises his role as Cincinnati's center-field safety.
Nelson has a starting safety spot...for now. He struggled as much as any defensive back in the league last year, and we wouldn't be surprised to see him benched or even cut. His days as a productive IDP are over.
Nelson possesses the ability to be a ballhawking safety with high tackle numbers, but has yet to put that talent together in his first two years in the NFL. The jettisoning of Gerald Sensabaugh and the move of Brian Williams back to the cornerback position means that Nelson will have plenty of opportunities to rack up numbers in the revamped Jags defense, but fantasy owners may have to take a slight leap of faith in believing whether he'll do so or not.
Nelson had a great rookie season with five picks, one sack and 57 tackles. Expect those numbers to grow as Nelson continues to mature as a professional.
Nelson, the Jaguars' first-round pick has already been handed the starting free safety spot, and should make an immediate impact for the Jags' defense. His ballhawking and tackling skills could make him one of the top rookie IDP's.