Reggie Nelson hopes to remain with Bengals

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The Bengals have several defensive backs heading for free agency next month, including longtime starting safety Reggie Nelson.

Nelson had to leave the team’s playoff loss to the Steelers with an ankle injury and hopes that he didn’t spend the final moments of his final game with the Bengals watching from the sideline.

“Most definitely not,” Nelson said, via the team’s website. “They know that. Everybody knows that. I would love to be a Bengal. I did my part. I played football. It’s time to handle business and we’ll go from there.”

Nelson said he’s excited about the return of defensive backs coach Kevin Coyle, who worked in Cincinnati before jumping to Miami for an ultimately unsuccessful stint as the Dolphins’ defensive coordinator, and is coming off a year that saw him tie Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters for the league lead in interceptions. He was also solid against the run, which should create interest in his services around the league in the event the Bengals decide to prioritize cornerback Adam Jones or safety George Iloka in the next couple of weeks.

10 responses to “Reggie Nelson hopes to remain with Bengals

  1. And if anyone knows anything about choking it’s Joetoronto…

    He will be back. He is the better of the 2 safeties but because of his age the Bengals won’t have to overspend to keep him, same with Pacman.

  2. “…..He was also solid against the run, “……
    ==================================
    really ?……

    Check the film. I can recall at least two very long runs given up by the Bengals D, where Nelson whiffed on the tackle both times, choosing to try and lay a big shot instead of tackling-up……

    …..and check out those INT’s; yes he did get a league high number, but most of them my granny could have caught one-handed…..

    So yes, Bengals; try and get Reggie back; but lets not pretend he’s been Ronnie Lott material……

  3. “…coming off a year that saw him tie Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters for the league lead in interceptions.”
    You get a lot of interceptions when the ball is always coming your way.
    The ball is coming your way because the opposing team views you as the weakest link in the Secondary.
    Peters was a rookie so it is understandable. Teams won’t make that mistake against him next year.
    If Nelson stays with the Bengals he will still be the weakest link in the Secondary.

  4. You get a lot of interceptions when the ball is always coming your way.
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    You also get a lot of interceptions when you have good instincts and have a d-line that is constantly forcing the opposing QB into bad decisions.

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