Jaguars safety Reggie Nelson was all over highlight reels Thursday night for all the wrong reasons.
He made a terrible attempt at tackling Dallas Clark in the third quarter, allowing Clark to score from 27 yards out. Then Nelson bit on a Peyton Manning pump fake in the fourth quarter, allowing Reggie Wayne to streakfor the 65-yard game-winner. Instead of trying to tackle Wayne, Nelson elected to try to knock the ball out.
“[Nelson] didn’t play well,” Del Rio said Friday. You can’t stay in the lineup playing like that.
After the game, Del Rio bemoaned Nelson’s mental mistake: “The biggest thing we didn’t want to do was give anything cheap over the top . . . He’s got to be over the top of that and be able to tackle the guy. It
was probably not a good idea to try to punch the ball out.”
Opponents have targeted Nelson all year, so his benching may be too little, too late. And while this year’s Jaguars rookie class has been great, the first-round missteps of years past continue to haunt the franchise.
The struggling Jaguars secondary faces Tom Brady in Week Sixteen.