Nicholson had four tackles on 21 snaps in Friday's preseason loss to the Broncos.
Nicholson also forced a fumble that went out of bounds, and he later missed a tackle on Royce Freeman's 24-yard touchdown run. Despite his mixed performance, the second-year pro is locked in as Washington's starter at strong safety, with potential to establish IDP value.
Nicholson is expected to start at strong safety, Rich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington reports.
A 2017 third-round pick, Nicholson started six of the eight games he played as a rookie, tallying 24 tackles (18 solo) and one interception across 319 defensive snaps before a concussion ended his season in November. Deshazor Everett struggled as a fill-in starter and now figures to compete with Troy Apke for the No. 3 safety job. Starting free safety D.J. Swearinger was easily the top IDP in the Washington secondary last year, but Nicholson's role could ultimately be more conducive to piling up tackles in 2018.
Nicholson, a 2017 fourth-rounder, appeared in eight games during his rookie season before going down with a concussion in November. However, the defensive back has been working out this offseason and seems to have returned to 100 percent in advance of May's mandatory minicamp. Set to open the 2017 season as a key piece in the Redskins' secondary, Nicholson will look to build upon his inaugural stat line of 24 tackles, two pass breakups, and one interception.
Nicholson has already missed four games with the concussion and recently endured a setback in his recovery, so it makes sense for the Redskins to shutter him for the final two games of the season. He'll wrap up his rookie campaign with 24 tackles and an interception across eight games. Nicholson's absence should lock Deshazor Everett into a starting role the rest of the way.
Nicholson (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.
The rookie fourth-round pick will miss his fourth consecutive game and his sixth of the season. Nicholson suffered a setback in his recovery from the concussion ahead of the Redskins' Week 14 game against the Chargers, and it seems there hasn't been much progress since then.
|Bye: Week 4|
|5||10/8/18||@ NO||8:15 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|12||11/22/18||@ DAL||4:30 pm|
|13||12/3/18||@ PHI||8:15 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ JAC||1:00 pm|