Reggie Nelson should be benched.
It depends who you ask, but in my opinion, Reggie Nelson has now had three bad games and two good games.
Against Tennessee and Baltimore, I felt like he was solid, with a couple of lapses but several big plays. He was also in on a few turnovers in recent weeks, so it seemed like the ball-hawk of 2015 was starting to come around.
The San Diego game was a rough one. Nelson did recover a fumble (one that fell right into his hands) but he was beat badly on multiple plays, and really struggled in the secondary all game long.
From being out of position to letting wide receivers either get behind him or simply just get open, Nelson was allowing receptions left and right.
So why not replace him in the starting lineup?
The problem is, who would replace him? Keith McGill? Nate Allen? Brynden Trawick? None of those are viable options, and I can assure you each of them would be significantly worse than Nelson.
Also, Nelson was surprisingly voted as a team captain. That’s huge for a player that is new to the team, and it speaks to the impact he has off the field. He’s not a player that Jack Del Rio will have a short leash on.