Minnesota Vikings Should Bench WR Jerome Simpson

By Andrew Fisher
Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

I hate to hate on players, but Jerome Simpson has earned himself some criticism after yet another poor performance Sunday against the Chicago Bears. The once promising signing for the Minnesota Vikings in the off-season, has been a complete flop in 2012.

To date, Simpson has only caught 12 balls for 138 yards, without a touchdown reception. That’s apparently what $2 million dollars will buy you these days. Thankfully, the deal Simpson signed was only for one year.

At this point the Vikings just need to sit him down for the rest of the reason, and not re-sign him. His performance on the field is detrimental to the team, and younger players deserve an opportunity to show what they can do.

I love Simpson’s athletic ability, and what he potentially brings to the table, however he just can’t seem to put his skills to use. Christian Ponder hit him in the numbers on three different occasions Sunday, and Simpson just flat out blew it. He seems to be having concentration issues. If there’s a potential hit looming, Simpson always seems to drop the ball.

You can’t be an NFL wide receiver and drop the ball on a regular basis. It doesn’t matter how talented you are, you drop the ball, you’re going to get dropped.

I propose the Vikings start rookie wide receiver Jarius Wright in his place. Wright has looked solid in his first two career games, and has shown me way more than Simpson has to this point. Simpson clearly doesn’t have a future in Minnesota, and Wright does. It’s time to get the rookie some reps, and give him an opportunity to make some plays.

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