KFAN’s Paul Allen spoke to former Cincinnati Bengals and current Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson on his show 92Noon and he said that he predicts that he will have at least 1,000 yards next season. I don’t know about you, but when I read this, I had a good laugh about it–not because it’s pretty unlikely that he’ll run at least 1,000 yards, but that it’s extremely unlikely that he’ll even surpass 500 yards next season.
For starters, Simpson has been in the NFL for five seasons now. 2013 will be his sixth and he only has 1278 yards and seven touchdowns total in his career. That works out to only 255 yards and a little over a touchdown each season. I’m finding it quite hard to see where he will suddenly get the skill to climb up the wide receiver depth chart in Minnesota and pull out at least 1,000 yards, considering last season he managed only slightly above his career season average and hauled in 274 yards.
Secondly, the top receiver for the Vikings last year was Percy Harvin, who only managed 677 yards the whole season (in the nine games he played), so for Simpson to expect to receive more than 1,000 yards of the less-than 3,000 yards that Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder threw last season, and will probably get in or around this season, really is very hard to believe.
Finally, the Vikings are currently in the market for several receivers who will all be placed ahead of Simpson on the depth chart. They are currently looking at the likes of former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings, who has eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark on a number of occasions, so he’ll be slightly more trusted.
I can’t wait to see Simpson reach the 1,000 yard mark and if he does, I’ll be there to congratulate him, but there are only two chances of that happening.
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