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Jerome Simpson just saw his career flash before his eyes.
B/R writer Sigmund Bloom calls it a near-career death experience.
After finally beginning to reach the potential that got him drafted in the second round by the Bengals, Simpson ends up in trouble with the league—and the law—due to felony drug charges.
That's a wake-up call, and no mistake about it.
Simpson will take the first three games to think about what he's done and then return to slide into the wide receiver spot across from Percy Harvin. As their chief vertical threat, he'll see a lot of opportunity, as he did in Cincy last year.
He needs to do more with the targets, though, as last year he only caught 50 of the 111 targets thrown his way. He had a rookie throwing the ball at him and Andy Dalton became erratic as the year went on, but Christian Ponder is a youngster himself and Simpson will have to make a greater effort to help his new quarterback out.
With a better offensive line, I expect the Vikings to air the ball out more, and Simpson will be a huge beneficiary of that.