September 30th has been a date circled on the calendar of wide receiver Jerome Simpson for a long time now. One of the key off-season additions to the Minnesota Vikings, Simpson was unable to play the first three weeks due to suspension.
While the Vikings’ passing game has looked good through the first three weeks, it’s clearly missing a legitimate deep threat beyond Percy Harvin, and just could use another playmaker in general. Simpson is all of the above.
The fifth year player out of Coastal Carolina, is coming off a career high season, but a career low moment after being convicted of drug possession in the off-season.
Minnesota took a small gamble in signing him, that could pay off big time.
Not saying that Simpson doesn’t love the game of football, but he’ll be playing for a contract this season. He’s currently signed to a one year deal, where he’ll make $2 million dollars.
Simpson is at that point in his career where it’s put up or shut up time. Anyone who’s watched him play can see the potential this guy has. His athletic ability is off the chart, and he can be effective anywhere he lines up on the field. He has playmaker written all over him. The Vikings just need to find a way to get him the football.
They’ve used that philosophy with Percy Harvin this season, anyway they can, they get him the football. There’s no reason the same game plan shouldn’t be implored with Simpson.
Now as with any return or debut, fans should be realistic about how much playing time Simpson will get this weekend against the Detroit Lions. I have no doubt he’ll get in the mix, but it’s tough to predict how many targets he’ll get his first game back.
One thing you can count on is that Simpson will be ready to go, and that if asked to play a lot of downs, he’ll be out there. It’s time for him to finally show what he can do on a weekly basis, and if the results are there, a long-term deal in Minnesota could be a real possibility.