Don’t Sleep on Simpson

May 12, 2011 at 1:33 pm Leave a comment

Jerome Simpson was a relative unknown to me when he entered the NFL Draft after playing at Coastal Carolina.  He was lingering in obscurity on the Bengals roster for the last few seasons, but he showed some promising development at the end of last season.

Simpson is a size and speed guy who can get separation. Last season he showed the development of discipline to play gaps in possesion downs and run intermediate routes. With TO and Chad Ochocinco probably gone, it leaves room for him as the #2 WR between first round pick A.J. Green and second-year player Jordan Shipley. A role he flourished in last season, when he got his chance on a thursday night versus the Chargers. He had six catches for 124 yards and 2 TDs.  Cason isn’t a great #2 Cb, but a good barometer.

His highlights are limited but they are impressive nonetheless (click above). I expect him to get the opportunity to make more this season as the Cincinnati Bengals #2 wide receiver. There’s no doubt that A.J. Green is the more talented receiver and very likely #1, but with that comes the #1 CB.

I worry his production could be sporadic with Shipley getting lots of stuff underneath and Grisham likely on the cusp of a breakout.  Especially with the Bengals on the verge of what could be a tough year and rough quarterback situation. Nonetheless, just wanted to give you a heads up on a #2 WR flying under the radar.


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