Cincinnati Bengals Player Preview: Free Safety Reggie Nelson

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December 23, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Cincinnati Bengals won 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

And finally, the Pittsburgh game was a hard-hitting, defensive battle that went back and forth. With under a minute to go, Ben Roethlisberger threw a pass intended for Mike Wallace, but threw it slightly high. Reggie Nelson played Ben’s eyes and watched the ball and broke towards it to make the interception and return it 10 yards, giving the Bengals good field position to end up winning the game. Not only that, but Reggie Nelson played a tremendous game in the playoffs against the Houston Texans.

Reggie Nelson came up big for the Bengals when they needed him the most, showing that he can be clutch when they need him to be. With another season with the team, it seems that Nelson is entering his prime and also has an opportunity to help teach young safeties not only about the position, but about life considering the recent Aaron Hernandez cases. In 2013, Reggie Nelson will most likely still be the most underrated player on this team and may make it to the Pro Bowl. He will have to work better on his coverage as sometimes he does struggle, but he has gotten extremely better.

There are some times where he disappears in a game, but the impact he has made on this team recently were definitely worth the trade for him back in 2010.

 

 

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