Vikings WR Jerome Simpson described his three-drop (and one catch for one yard) performance against the Bears in Week 12 quite simply: “I played a terrible game.”
It was a true assessment, and Simpson went on to say that he has a way of self-motivating to help correct the problems that led to his faulty performance. So what changes must be made?
Simpson told the media this week that he was letting the passes get too far into his body and that he always has been a hands catcher in the past. On his first drop of the game, Simpson also started moving upfield for the first down before catching the ball, resulting in a clear concentration drop.
But his speed and explosiveness also have been a concern. Since serving his three-game suspension, the only time his deep speed clearly was on display was in Week Four, when he drew two long pass-interference calls and caught four passes for 50 yards.
Since then, he has appeared a step slow. Simpson is working his way through a nerve problem that has channeled from his back down to his legs, although Simpson has proclaimed himself fully healthy.
Simpson signed a one-year deal with the Vikings that was viewed as a trial basis for a future contract. So far, it has not gone as planned, but there is always time for him to turn it around down the stretch.