Former University of Florida great Reggie Nelson has been traded to the Cincinnati Bengals. Around 4:00pm, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Bengals trying to work a deal which would land the former first round pick in Cincinnati; in time for their first regular season game verse the New England Patriots. In return, the Jaguars will receive Corner Back David Jones along with a conditional pick that has yet to be announced. Many sources are stating that it will be a 7th round selection in the 2011 draft, but could be as much as a 5th depending on how much value the Bengals are willing to give up.
Leading into the pre-season, head coach Jack Del Rio made it quite clear that the safety position was up in the air; letting Reggie Nelson, Anthony Smith, Gerald Alexander, Courtney Greene, and former Eagle’s safety Sean Considine compete for both the free safety and strong safety positions. The Jaguars ranked 27th in the league last season giving up over 3700 yards in the air and 28 TD’s (26th) during the course of the season. It became nothing out of the norm to see the Jaguars’ safeties ”chasing” the opposing team down the sidelines as they went on to score another touch down. Reggie Nelson took most the blame as practice reports stated that his starting position was in jeopardy. When drafted in 2007 as the Jaguars first overall pick, many scouts thought Reggie Nelson was too small to play in the NFL at the safety position.
Jaguars’ fans are excited about the recent transaction as they will welcome in CB David Jones, a four year pro that will help in their nickel package. Jones didnt get much playing time in Cincinnati as he only logged only 11 total tackles during the 2009 season. Leon Hall and Morgan Trent started for the Bengals last season, leading their secondary as the finished top 10 in both TD’s allowed and total passing yardage against. With the recent transaction, Jones will finally get his chance as the Jaguars are known for their nickel packages due in part to their divisional opponents’ using a lot of spread passing offensive plays.
Jaguars Outlook: Does this departure and signing mean fan favorite Scott Starks is in jeopardy of being cut as well? Starks played well last season as the Jaguars’ featured nickel corner back…. just something to watch tomorrow as the Jags release their finals cuts for the 53 man roster
Bengals Outlook: Is this the missing piece to the puzzle the Bengals will need to become a primer defense? Dallas great Roy Williams will be in his second season with the Bengals, giving the Bengals another option at the FS position or youth for the future.
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Written by Brett Jackrel