Nelson has been a starter in the Chiefs' secondary for three seasons, but the team that drafted him in 2015 wasn't willing to fork up the cash to keep him around. He figures to battle Coty Sensabaugh to start opposite Joe Haden in the Steelers secondary.
Nelson had four tackles (three solo) and an interception in Thursday's loss to the Chargers.
Nelson totaled three passes defensed, but ultimately, the Chiefs secondary couldn't contain Mike Williams, as he scored the touchdown and two-point conversion to win the game for the Chargers. Nelson has 57 total tackles and four interceptions through 14 games.
If Nelson keeps playing like this, he could garner quite a few Pro Bowl votes at season's end. Usually holding down the right side of the field, Nelson was rarely tested by Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen and when he did see a pass come his way, Nelson usually made a play on it -- bringing his season-long allowed passer rating to 59.0, per Pro Football Focus, which is the second-lowest of all defensive backs. Since no receivers really caught a ball in his coverage, Nelson's goose egg in the tackle column can't be seen as a bad thing from a real-life perspective. However, it does affect his fantasy production, so don't expect much from Nelson as an IDP prospect.
Nelson recorded three tackles (two solo), two passes defensed and an interception across 83 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Jaguars.
A four-year pro, this was Nelson's first career interception and a memorable one at that. With the Jaguars sitting on the Chiefs' goal line just before halftime, Nelson intercepted a ball that Blake Bortles threw off an offensive lineman's helmet, keeping a first-half shutout alive for the Kansas City defense. It was one of four interceptions thrown by Bortles on the day.
Nelson (undisclosed) returned to Sunday's contest, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.
Nelson had reportedly been nursing an apparent lower body injury but it seems as though he's good enough to trot back out there. The four-year veteran will slide back into his role at starting cornerback.
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||12||8||8.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||15||65||59.0||6||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||16|
|2017||Kansas City Chiefs||9||41||33.0||8||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||4|
|2018||Kansas City Chiefs||16||68||58.0||10||0||4||53||13.2||35||0||15|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||12||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||15||0||0||0||0||2||0||2||0|
|2017||Kansas City Chiefs||9||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||Kansas City Chiefs||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|