Wade, Nelson get extended looks from Bengals

Posted Nov. 27, 2010 @ 5:04 p.m.
Posted By Mike Wilkening

Injuries to several Bengals cornerbacks, most notably Johnathan Joseph, forced newly signed Jonathan Wade into the starting lineup in Week 12, and the former Lions starter fared relatively well in his first appearance with Cincinnati just three days after he signed with the team. Wade surrendered a TD pass to Jets WR Santonio Holmes in the third quarter but also showed good anticipatory skills and quickness by breaking quickly and nearly intercepting a short pass intended for Braylon Edwards earlier in the quarter. "He handled the situation well," head coach Marvin Lewis said afterward. "He didn't seem to be unnerved. He made some plays." Reserve S Reggie Nelson also got a chance to start for the second time this season, and he notched four tackles at strong safety in place of Roy Williams. Lewis said Nelson, a former Jaguars first-round pick, was "more physical" and showed some improvement in coverage in Week 12. If nothing else, the injuries in the secondary give the Bengals a chance to evaluate some different players, though the circumstances are certainly less than ideal.