Acquired in September 2010 trade with Jacksonville, Nelson has been in a No. 1 safety role for Bengals since late in ’10 campaign ... Finished second on team in tackles this season (91), and led team with four INTs, including a key pick in Monday night win Dec. 22 vs. Denver ... Combined with DE Wallace Gilberry to sack Joe Flacco to seal Bengals victory on Sept. 7 at Baltimore ... Has 22 career INTs, including 15 for Cincinnati ... 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 general: Started at FS in Games 1-16 and ranked second on team with 91 tackles (four for-loss), with 1.5 sacks, four INTs (led team), 12 passes defensed (second on team) and three QB hits ... Had three special teams tackles, as he also sees action on kickoff team.
2014 game-by-game: On Sept. 7 at Baltimore, ranked second on team with nine tackles, including a shared sack of Joe Flacco on final defensive play of game, sealing win for Bengals ... On Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta, had four tackles, including a nine-yard sack of Matt Ryan in fourth quarter, and a pass defensed ... Had six tackles on Sept. 21 vs. Tennessee, and late in first half, intercepted a Jake Locker pass in end zone to end Titans threat that had reached the Bengals 23 ... Led team with 11 tackles on Oct. 12 vs. Carolina, and intercepted Cam Newton pass and returned it 31 yards to set up a Bengals go-ahead FG in the fourth quarter ... Logged eight tackles, two passes defensed and a QB hit on Nov. 6 vs. Cleveland ... Tied for secondary lead with four tackles, and had two passes defensed, on Nov. 23 at Houston ... On Nov. 30 at Tampa Bay, had a pass defensed against WR Louis Murphy on Bucs’ final possession, helping seal Bengals win ... Led secondary with four tackles and had a pass defensed on Dec. 14 at Cleveland ... Had five tackles (one for-loss) and an INT on Dec. 22 vs. Denver, getting his INT when he wrestled away a contested ball from TE Julius Thomas, giving Bengals possession at Denver 22, with offense scoring four plays later ... Had three tackles and an INT on Dec. 28 at Pittsburgh, his INT stopping a Pittsburgh threat to go up 27-10.
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 sack and forced fumble against Vince Young on Sept. 9 vs. Tennessee ... Had first career INT on 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 ... On Nov. 16 vs. Tennessee, intercepted pass at Jaguars’ two-yard line on opening drive ... 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 ... Played every game for Bengals with six starts ... Two INTs, and tied for team lead in forced fumbles (two) ... Logged first INT as a Bengal on Dec. 5 vs. New Orleans, picking off Drew Brees pass ... Closed season Jan. 2 at Baltimore with a 56-yard INT return, a forced fumble and two passes defensed. 2011—Started 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 a team-high nine tackles, including an eight-yard sack of Colt McCoy, and had one pass defensed ... Led team with 13 tackles on Sept. 25 vs. San Francisco ... On Oct. 16 vs. Indianapolis, forced a 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 a TD tacked on final points in a 34-12 win ... In win Nov. 27 vs. Cleveland, intercepted a Colt McCoy pass in fourth quarter, setting up tying FG ... Led secondary with 10 tackles Dec. 11 vs. Houston and had a 23-yard INT ... On Dec. 24 vs. Arizona, tied for team lead in tackles (six), along with a sack, and returned a third-quarter INT 17 yards to Arizona 48 ... Six tackles in Wild Card playoff on 1-7-12 at Houston, with a seven-yard sack of T.J. Yates. 2012—Started 14 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 ... Nine tackles on Oct. 14 at Cleveland (tied for secondary lead), with a forced fumble against HB Trent Richardson (Browns recovered) ... On Dec. 2 at San Diego, had a game-sealing INT in the end zone with 55 seconds remaining, protecting a seven-point lead ... On Dec. 9 vs. Dallas, intercepted a deep pass at Bengals 14, out-jumping WR Dwayne Harris, and had an eight-yard sack of Tony Romo among his five tackles ... On Dec. 13 at Philadelphia, forced a third-quarter fumble by TE Clay Harbor that Bengals recovered and advanced to Eagles 13, setting up FG ... On Dec. 23 at Pittsburgh, intercepted Ben Roethlisberger pass at the Cincinnati 44-yard line with 0:24 remaining and returned it 10 yards, putting offense in position that would set up game-winning FG ... Had 10 tackles (two for losses) and a QB pressure in Wild Card playoff on 1-5-13 at Houston. 2013—Started 15 games and Wild Card playoff at FS and tied for 2013 team lead in FRs (two), and had 59 tackles with one sack, eight PDs and a FF ... Inactive for Game 4 due to hamstring injury ... Also had four special teams tackles and six QB pressures ... Helped ice Sept. 16 win vs. Pittsburgh with INT of Ben Roethlisberger pass at Bengals 13 in fourth quarter ... On Sept. 22 vs. Green Bay, had a 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 of Franklin fumble, but Bengals CB Terence Newman scooped the loose ball and ran 58 yards for TD ... On Oct. 6 vs. New England, recovered LeGarrette Blount fumble at Bengals 24 in second quarter, with six-yard return ... Four tackles and one pass defensed Oct. 20 at Detroit, and the second of his two QB pressures forced Matthew Stafford to dump the ball on third down late in fourth quarter, setting up Bengals possession that ended in game-winning FG ... On Oct. 27 vs. Jets, logged 11-yard sack of Geno Smith ... Had a secondary-leading nine tackles Nov. 17 at Cleveland, plus a third-quarter INT at Browns 48 and one additional pass defensed ... Six tackles on 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) ... Led secondary with seven tackles (including one for loss) and had one QB pressure on Dec. 15 at Pittsburgh ... Recorded six tackles, two passes defensed and two QB pressures on Dec. 29 vs. Baltimore ... 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.