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Vikings Welcome Simpson Back To Lineup Today vs. Lions

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 30, 2012 – 9:22 am

You may have seen him at training camp or even briefly during the preseason. But you haven’t seen WR Jerome Simpson during the regular season.

Until today.

Simpson makes his Vikings regular season debut today against the Detroit Lions amid much fanfare and anticipation.

A 2nd-round pick of the Bengals in 2008, Simpson had his best season a year ago when he hauled in 50 receptions for 725 yards and 4 TDs. That production, along with his tremendous athleticism, appealed to the Vikings this past offseason as they looked to add explosiveness to the passing game. The design is for Simpson to provide the Vikings offense with the outside, field-stretching explosiveness it needs to complement a strong running game that features Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart and also a pair of other pass-catching playmakers in wide receiver Percy Harvin and tight end Kyle Rudolph.

“It adds another chapter to our offense,” Vikings Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave said. “He’s got more burst and more top-end speed than any of the receivers we have on the roster right now. We’ll look to utilize his strengths and add him into the mix.”

Often times coaches will downplay the addition of a new player to the plan, with the intention of disguising strategy and decreasing the pressure for that player to live up to external expectations. But the Vikings did not shy away from explaining the impact they expect from Simpson’s return to the lineup.

“We’re going to use him quite a bit,” Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier explained. “We want to get him involved and a lot of it will depend on how he does this week in practice, his first action back, but we definitely want to get him involved.”

Added Musgrave: “We’re expecting big things out of Jerome. He has had a good offseason. He had a terrific training camp in Mankato. We’re hoping that translates to more production on game day.”

The Vikings signed Simpson last April and he immediately developed a rapport with QB Christian Ponder. Simpson flashed frequently during the offseason program and training camp. Then he gave the Vikings a glimpse of what he can provide during Week 2 of the preseason. Against the Buffalo Bills in the second exhibition game, Simpson caught a quick slant, hurdled a Bills defensive back and sprinted downfield for a 33-yard gain.  That’s the kind of athletic, game-breaking play that has many expecting Simpson to add flare to this Vikings passing attack.


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6 Responses to “Vikings Welcome Simpson Back To Lineup Today vs. Lions”

  1. By odark30 on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    first

  2. By odark30 on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    First drive of the game roll-out deep to Jumpin Jerome so the Lions recognize the legit down-field threat he brings to the Vikes.

  3. By Ozzinator on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    Sounds good to me odark30!

  4. By Nathan on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    If Jerome scores his first TD he should take the football and pretend its a wallot and do the motion of curling the wallot like a weight and then make it rain with pretend money.

  5. By Jeffbleedspurple on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    Get er done Simpson and make some big plays. Sounds good to me also odark30.

  6. By TARKSTILLOWNS on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Jerome not only made an impact in his Vikings debut, he may have made the difference in getting the Viking’s third victory. He was recognized as a deep threat early on in the game. He caused two different defensive pass interference calls and freed up Percy Harvin. WELCOME BACK JEROME !!!

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