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Reviewing Reggie Nelson's interceptions in 2015

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Despite Reggie Nelson securing a career-year in 2015, teams have only offered lukewarm curiosity for the Pro Bowler, largely due to concerns with age. When he had his best season, he was already 32 and wasn't showing signs of slowing down.

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My perspective is ungodly and it tends to agitate several followers on Twitter.

Reggie Nelson.

Yep, I'm still on this train.

Cincinnati's decision to cut bait with Reggie Nelson simply hasn't settled down for me; admittedly, the commentary after George Iloka re-signed suggested a dissolution between the Bengals and Nelson. We're talking about a veteran who turned 32-years-old last September, with father time adding another digit in the next six months. Despite his age, and the strange concern it weighs on teams unwilling to offer job security beyond two years (which he reportedly rejected), this 32-year-old, who hasn't shown any depreciation last season, secured his best season.

  • Selected to the 2016 Pro Bowl, the first Pro Bowl in his career;
  • Tied for the league lead with eight interceptions (a career-best);
  • Secured an interception in five straight games, tying a franchise-best for consecutive games with at least one interception (Ken Riley, 1975);
  • Tied the franchise record for most interceptions by a safety during a single-season (David Fulcher, 1989);
  • Named to the Associated Press Second-team All-Pro Team;
  • Recorded an interception in six of the last seven regular season games against the Steelers.
This is a veteran player who hasn't slowed down. Cincinnati is interested enough in bringing Nelson back to the fold, having already offered Nelson a two-year deal that he already rejected. Head coach Marvin Lewis offered some optimism for Nelson fans, saying that "In any situation both parties have to agree to agree and we just haven't agreed to agree with Reggie yet."

Whatever. Roster building takes time, with many free agents re-signing well after March to competitive deals; it wouldn't be surprising.

Regardless, let's take a look at each of Nelson's interceptions in 2015.

Week 1 against the Oakland Raiders (12:09 remaining in the third quarter with the Bengals leading 24-0):

Reggie Nelson INT 1

Week 8 against the Pittsburgh Steelers (11:56 remaining in the third quarter with the Steelers lead 7-6):

Reggie Nelson Interceptions

Week 8 against the Pittsburgh Steelers (2:57 remaining in the fourth quarter with the Bengals leading 13-10):

Reggie Nelson Interceptions

Week 10 against the Houston Texans (0:06 remaining in the second quarter with the Bengals leading 6-3):

Week 11 against the Arizona Cardinals (3:46 remaining in the first quarter with the game tied, 0-0):

Week 12 against the St. Louis Rams (0:44 remaining in the second quarter with the Bengals leading 17-7):

NOTE: The interception stalled a scoring opportunity for the Rams, as they reached Cincinnati's 23-yard line.

Week 13 against the Cleveland Browns (4:56 remaining in the second quarter with the Bengals leading 17-0):

Week 14 against the Pittsburgh Steelers (7:37 remaining in the fourth quarter with the Steelers leading 26-13):