Acquired in September 2010 trade with Jacksonville, Nelson has been in a No. 1 safety role for Bengals since late in ’10 campaign ... Has made a habit of contributing key plays late in games to set up or seal victories ... Led 2015 team in INTs (four), including key pick in playoff-clinching win vs. Denver ... Second on team in tackles (92) ... Combined with DE Wallace Gilberry to sack Joe Flacco to seal Bengals victory in season opener at Baltimore ... Has 22 career INTs, including 15 for Cincinnati ... Tied for 2012 team lead in INTs (three), including pick in playoff-clinching Game 15 win at Pittsburgh that set up deciding FG ... Led 2011 team in INTs (four), with 75-yard return for TD ... Played in 45 games from 2007-09 with Jacksonville, starting 42.
Career transactions: Selected by Jacksonville in first round of 2007 NFL Draft (21st overall) ... Signed with Jaguars on 7-28-07 ... Traded by Jaguars to Cincinnati on 9-4-10 for Bengals CB David Jones and conditional draft choice ... Re-signed with Bengals as unrestricted free agent on 3-19-12.
2014 highlights: Started all 16 regular-season games and Wild Card playoff at FS ... His 92 tackles included four for-loss, with 1.5 sacks ... His team-leading four INTs contributed to second-ranked team total in passes defensed (13) ... Also had three special teams tackles ... Ranked second on team with nine tackles Sept. 7 at Baltimore, including a shared sack of Joe Flacco on final defensive play of game, sealing win ... Had nine-yard sack of Matt Ryan Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta, and pass defensed ... Intercepted Jake Locker pass in end zone Sept. 21 vs. Tennessee to end Titans’ threat just before halftime ... Led team with 11 tackles Oct. 12 vs. Carolina, and intercepted Cam Newton to set up Bengals go-ahead FG in fourth quarter ... On Nov. 30 at Tampa Bay, had pass defensed on Bucs’ final possession, helping seal Bengals win ... Led secondary with four tackles and had pass defensed Dec. 14 at Cleveland ... On Dec. 22 vs. Denver, set up Bengals TD for 17-7 lead in the second quarter, wrestling a contested ball from TE Julius Thomas for an INT and giving Bengals possession at Denver 22 ... Had three tackles and INT Dec. 28 at Pittsburgh ... Recovered a fumble late in first half of Wild Card playoff on 1-4-15 at Indianapolis, setting up 57-yard Mike Nugent FG that closed Colts lead to 13-10.
Previous seasons: 2007—Played every game as a Jaguars rookie and started last 15 ... Set team rookie record with five INTs, and tied for NFL rookie lead in INTs ... Ranked fourth on team in tackles (82), tied for second in passes defensed (12) and had two forced fumbles ... Had first career INT Oct. 7 at Kansas City, off Damon Huard ... Fourth-quarter INT off Jeff Garcia helped seal victory Oct. 28 at Tampa Bay ... Later in season, intercepted passes by Philip Rivers, Peyton Manning and JaMarcus Russell. 2008—Started 13 games for Jaguars at FS, missing Games 4-6 with knee injury ... Sealed win Dec. 14 vs. Green Bay with INT of Aaron Rodgers pass on final drive. 2009—Logged 77 tackles (third on Jaguars) and six passes defensed (ranked second) ... Played in every game and started 14 ... Made first career start at CB on Nov. 1 at Tennessee and was credited with seven tackles. 2010—Opened training camp with Jacksonville, and traded to Cincinnati on Sept. 4, in exchange for CB David Jones and conditional draft choice ... Played every game for Bengals (six starts) ... Two INTs, and tied for team lead in forced fumbles (two) ... Logged first INT as Bengal Dec. 5 vs. New Orleans, picking off Drew Brees pass ... Closed season Jan. 2 at Baltimore with 56-yard INT return, a forced fumble and two passes defensed. 2011—Started for Bengals at FS in all 16 games, plus Wild Card playoff ... Third on team in passes defensed (eight), with two sacks and two forced fumbles ... On Sept. 11 at Cleveland, logged team-high nine tackles, including an eight-yard sack, and had one pass defensed ... On Oct. 16 vs. Indianapolis, forced fourth-quarter fumble against WR Pierre Garcon that DE Carlos Dunlap returned 35 yards for game-sealing TD ... On Oct. 30 at Seattle, his 75-yard INT return for TD tacked on final points in 34-12 win ... In win Nov. 27 vs. Cleveland, intercepted Colt McCoy in fourth quarter, setting up tying FG ... Led secondary with 10 tackles Dec. 11 vs. Houston and had 23-yard INT ... On Dec. 24 vs. Arizona, tied for team lead in tackles (six), along with sack, and had INT ... Six tackles in Wild Card playoff 1-7-12 at Houston, with seven-yard sack. 2012—Started 14 Bengals games and Wild Card playoff at FS ... Inactive for Games 9-10 due to hamstring injury ... Third on team in tackles (84), and had nine passes defensed (fourth on team) and two forced fumbles ... On Dec. 2 at San Diego, had game-sealing INT in end zone with 55 seconds remaining, protecting seven-point lead ... On Dec. 9 vs. Dallas, intercepted deep pass at Bengals 14, and had an eight-yard sack ... On Dec. 23 at Pittsburgh, intercepted Ben Roethlisberger at Bengals 44 with 0:24 remaining and returned it 10 yards, putting offense in position to drive for game-winning FG ... Had 10 tackles (two for losses) in Wild Card playoff 1-5-13 at Houston. 2013—Started 15 games and Wild Card playoff at FS ... In regular season, tied for team lead in FRs (two), and had 59 tackles with one sack, eight passes defensed and forced fumble ... Inactive for Game 4 due to hamstring injury ... Helped ice Sept. 16 win vs. Pittsburgh with INT of Ben Roethlisberger at Bengals 13 in fourth quarter ... On Sept. 22 vs. Green Bay, had hand in game-winning play when he recovered fumble by RB Johnathan Franklin late in fourth quarter; Nelson subsequently fumbled on his six-yard return, but Bengals CB Terence Newman scooped loose ball and ran 58 yards for TD ... On Oct. 27 vs. Jets, logged 11-yard sack of Geno Smith ... Had secondary-leading nine tackles Nov. 17 at Cleveland, plus third-quarter INT and one additional pass defensed ... Six tackles Dec. 1 at San Diego, and forced a fumble by Pro Bowl TE Antonio Gates at Bengals 18 on game’s opening drive (Bengals recovered) ... Four tackles in Wild Card playoff on 1-5-14 vs. San Diego.
College: Consensus All-America first-team selection as a Florida senior in 2006 ... Started all 14 games at FS and had six INTs to help lead Gators to BCS national championship ... Played two seasons (2005-06), appearing in 25 games with 18 starts ... Also as a senior, won Jack Tatum Award as nation’s top DB, awarded by Touchdown Club of Columbus, Ohio.
Personal: Hometown is Melbourne, Fla. ... Attended Palm Bay High School, where he was a two-time first team all-state selection at DB ... Has a daughter, Tyjaezia ... Active in community service, he hosted the Mary Lakes Invitational Bowl Against Breast Cancer in June 2009, honoring his mother, who died of breast cancer in ’06 ... Counseled youth at juvenile detention center and was celebrity waiter for fundraiser for Jacksonville hospitals ... Also has made visits to Ronald McDonald House and served food at a homeless mission.
Cincinnati Bengals safety Reggie Nelson wrestles the ball away from Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas.