JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) â€” Reggie Nelson is getting another chance to play like a first-round pick.
Nelson, a three-year starter for the Jacksonville Jaguars, played as much as anyone in the team's preseason opener. He was in there early and still out there late, playing alongside undrafted rookies and little-known veterans.
Nelson figured coaches were sending him a message. Actually, they were trying to bolster his confidence â€” which has taken a hit after two sub-par seasons.
Nelson, the 21st selection in the 2007 draft, is trying to find his way after too many missed tackles and too many blown assignments. The Jaguars aren't ready to give up on the former Florida star, either. Not even close.
Coach Jack Del Rio believes Nelson still has a chance to become a defensive playmaker.