WR Jerome Simpson - Free Agent

6-2, 199Born: 2-4-1986College: Coastal CarolinaDrafted: Round 2, pick 46 (2008)

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2015 Week 8 vs LA (10 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)

Despite having not been on an NFL field in over a year, Simpson easily fit into Anquan Boldin's spot in the 49ers' pass offense. He consistently showed the ability to get open against both of the Rams' cornerbacks, and would have had a more productive day if Kaepernick was more accurate with his passes. Catching only three passes in that many targets was by no means Simpson's fault, as he only had one drop in the game.

2013 Week 1 vs DET (8 / 7 / 140 / 0 rec)

ast year Jerome Simpson was supposed to be the answer for a vertical threat, but a suspension and injury hampered that. His 2013 started just as badly as he had a pass bounce off his hands and right to a Lions defender. He was very lucky Ndamukong Suh was called for a Low Block which negated a touchdown by the Lions on the pick. After that, though, Simpson showed great chemistry with Christian Ponder and had an outstanding game. The next target he had after the interception was one where he made a tremendous leaping catch on a 44 yard bomb, and managed to draw a pass interference penalty from cornerback Chris Houston. Simpson also made a great grab on a 47 yard bomb in the third quarter. Simpson had excellent separation on his coverage and Ponder unleashed a huge, arcing bomb that was just a tad too long. Simpson fully extended his body and laid out to make the catch, holding on despite a jarring collision with the ground. It was a very tough catch to make, one where he was looking at the ball upside down as it sailed over his head and showed off Simpson's athleticism and hands. While Simpson may lose some targets to Greg Jennings eventually, right now it looks like he is finally providing the value he was supposed to last season.

2013 Week 2 vs CHI (5 / 2 / 49 / 0 rec)

After a huge Week 1, Jerome Simpson's numbers came back down to Earth, in part because Greg Jennings seemed much more comfortable as well as because quarterback Christian Ponder was literally staring him down in the first half. That allowed the Bears' corners to cover Simpson pretty well, picking off one pass and nearly grabbing another one off a deflection by linebacker Lance Briggs. On the interception, caught by cornerback Tim Jennings and returned for a touchdown, Simpson ran a short sideline route. Jennings gave him a cushion and just watched the quarterback, nimbly stepping in front of the receiver as the ball arrived. Ponder did go back to Simpson for two deep pass attempts in the third quarter, completing a 15 yard pass with four minutes left which Simpson then turned into a 37 yard completion. Simpson did a great job turning upfield and protecting the ball as he was tackled by five defenders, all going after the football.

2013 Week 3 vs CLE (8 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)

The very first pass thrown towards Jerome Simpson was a bad one, which was too low, tipped and then intercepted. Even if it wasn't tipped, at normal speed it seems to have been thrown way behind Simpson, though slow-motion replays are a bit less clear. Simpson was later targeted on a deep pass, but that was well underthrown and late and another which was flat and well behind him on a sideline route where he was wide open. Simpson had to fight off two defenders for the ball and couldn't come down with the ball on the first one and it was almost physically impossible for him to contort his body in such a way as to catch the second. In the fourth quarter Ponder overthrew Simpson again, this time so much so that the deep safety couldn't even reach it for the interception. Unlike Greg Jennings, Simpson found himself open more than once - it was just his quarterback who couldn't make the connection.

2013 Week 4 vs PIT (11 / 7 / 124 / 0 rec)

The first three passes Matt Cassel threw to Jerome Simpson--all of which were caught--were short slants which seemed to set up the fourth target, a deep bomb down the middle of the field which was just out of Simpson's reach. Only one of the three passes was well-thrown, with two of them forcing Simpson to stop and jump up to catch the ball. The other one he caught in stride and it resulted in a 13 yard catch. After the deep attempt, Simpson was the target on an ill-conceived throw which should have been picked off by Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor. Taylor played off Simpson and let Cassel think he had time to throw to his receiver, but Taylor was there too quickly and should have caught the ball himself. That was the beginning of a stretch of passes which either were completely off or forced Simpson to contort his body in such a way as to make a catch tougher than it need to be, the result being the receiver couldn't haul it in. The two seemed to regain their chemistry in the fourth quarter when Cassel hit Simpson in stride, allowing him to gain an extra 30 yards after a 20 yard catch and then two key receptions that either gave the team a first down or put them right on top of the marker. Simpson contributed in more than just receiving--he recovered what could have been a disastrous fumble by Cassel which not only let the Vikings retain possession but gave them a first down.

2013 Week 6 vs CAR (7 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)

The target of mostly shorter passes, Jerome Simpson made some nice catches but was only targeted sporadically by Matt Cassel and only was targeted once on a deeper ball, which he dropped. He was also the target on a badly thrown ball which required him to jump and extend his body just to get a fingertip on it. Simpson is pretty inconsistent right now, but a lot of that is on the quarterback. It's hard to say if it will get better when the team makes a move to Josh Freeman but right now the two vertical receivers--Simpson and Greg Jennings--just aren't getting free vertically.

2013 Week 7 vs NYG (9 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)

As with virtually every other wide receiver, Simpson saw the bulk of his targets sailing high or off-target and suffered from a lack of time with Josh Freeman since the quarterback arrived in Minnesota. One of the few times Freeman threw a good ball his direction, Simpson dropped it. The pass was a potential game-changer since it was an easy touchdown had Simpson caught it. Overall, it was hard to blame Simpson for most of the issues he had though--the simple fact was that Freeman just couldn't deliver the ball.

2013 Week 8 vs GB (3 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)

Packers cornerback Tramon Williams was all over Jerome Simpson during the game and so quarterback Christian Ponder wisely avoided him. The only time Simpson got free was when he wasn't covered by Williams near the end of the game when the Packers were in zone coverage just defending the deep ball. On that play, an 18-yard pass across the middle, Simpson found room between the linebackers dropping into coverage and the deep safety.

2013 Week 9 vs DAL (5 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

Amazingly, all five of Jerome Simpson's targets came in the first quarter--after that Christian Ponder just stopped looking in his direction. Dallas cornerback Orlando Scandrick was all over Simpson for much of the day, making every pass that did come in his direction an adventure. Sometimes the ball was simply overthrown by Ponder, while other times Scandrick hampered Simpson's ability to get to the ball or even get open. Simpson did have one great catch on a curl route near the end of the first quarter. On the play, Simpson was covered by cornerback Brandon Carr. Simpson used his body to push Carr back from the ball, a wobbly pass by Ponder that seemed to move very slowly. Carr tried hard to wrest the ball from Simpson's grip, but not only did Simpson keep hold of it, he was able to shed a tackle and drag another player an extra couple of yards.

2013 Week 10 vs WAS (6 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)

Since Christian Ponder returned in Week 8, Simpson has seen just 11 targets from Ponder. He had six on Thursday night, but half of those were from Matt Cassel. In the three games not started by Ponder, Simpson saw 27 targets. It appears to partly be because of Ponder's "one-read" tendency as well as Greg Jennings becoming more comfortable with the offense. Simpson and Ponder did hook up several times early, but it wasn't until the fourth quarter that Simpson saw a cluster of targets, including a nice 25-yard reception. On the play, which took place on 3rd-and-10, Simpson ran a simple "Go" route, getting a step on the cornerback. Cassel delivered the perfect ball, hitting Simpson in stride right between the corner and an incoming safety. Simpson took a big hit, but did a good job holding onto the ball while he was tackled. Overall it was a quiet week for Simpson, though he looked good in the fourth with Cassel throwing the ball to him, but so far his targets from Ponder seem to be inconsistent week-to-week.

2013 Week 11 vs SEA (2 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

The quarterback chaos has killed whatever momentum Jerome Simpson had, but his recent DWI may also be a reason for the minimal targets this week. On his one catch, he tried to break a tackle by Clinton McDonald but failed. His other target was a deep pass which wasn't caught but Simpson drew a pass interference penalty.

2013 Week 12 vs GB (4 / 2 / 54 / 0 rec)

The season continues to be a quiet one for Vikings receiver Jerome Simpson, as the targets have increasingly gone elsewhere in the passing offense. He made the most of his chances though, including an impressive catch in the middle of the second quarter. On the play, Simpson ran a seam route along the sideline, and Ponder delivered the ball just a little short. Simpson adjusted his speed and then leaped up into the air, over the defender, to get the ball. Another time, Simpson ran a crossing route and made a really nice diving catch, taking a shot to the head as he did so and drawing a 15-yard flag. Both of his catches drew flags, in fact, and helped extend drives as much as the actual receptions did.

2013 Week 13 vs CHI (9 / 3 / 76 / 0 rec)

Both Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel seemed to be looking for Jerome Simpson on Sunday, though neither had a tremendous success in doing so. In the first half, Ponder kept over-throwing the ball when he delivered it to Simpson--the passes were too high or wide or otherwise off. The one pass the two connected on--a 32-yard reception in the early second quarter--Simpson had to make a tremendous effort on to catch. The throw was a bit high and away from Simpson, who had Bears safety Chris Conte coming over his back to make a play. Simpson hung onto the ball and then fought off two defenders to gain three more yards. After Ponder left the game due to a concussion, Cassel entered and had a little better luck. The first pass was into double coverage, but the second target found Simpson with a step on his coverage. Cassel saw this and delivered the ball where only Simpson would catch it, which the receiver did. Several plays later, Cassel found Simpson wide open down the field for another big gain of 24 yards. Overall, Simpson had a game very much indicative of his year--up and down, and very inconsistent, but scattered with some big plays at big moments.

2013 Week 14 vs BAL (8 / 4 / 48 / 1 rec)

As with just about all the wide receivers, Jerome Simpson struggled to get any separation for most of the game. While targeted a few times deep, Simpson was blanketed and--especially in the wintry conditions--couldn't come down with the ball. The few times he was able to get some space to work turned out to be big moments--particularly his 8-yard touchdown reception early in the fourth. The Vikings had driven down the field and were at the 8 yard line on third down. On the play, Simpson ran a route into the end zone, and then across. Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith thought he was going to get some help across the middle but didn't and Simpson was left alone. Quarterback Matt Cassel's pass was a bit high, but Simpson did a good job extending for it and keeping both feet in for the score. Simpson then made a huge catch while the Vikings were again trailing with just two minutes to go in the fourth. On this play, Simpson got wide open on a slant route. The ball was again just a bit high, but Simpson was able to catch it in stride and gain some more yards, even fighting for a few extra yards. The coverage was playing well off the ball, so Simpson didn't have to deal with the man coverage which he had struggled with earlier. The catch set up another score, a big run for a touchdown by running back Toby Gerhart to retake the lead.

2013 Week 15 vs PHI (3 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)

Simpson didn't see much work on Sunday, though both of his targets were end zone opportunities. On the first, he ran a shallow crossing route in the end zone but Matt Cassel overthrew him. Either Cassel expected him to be deeper or it was merely a ball Cassel felt needed to be thrown away. On the second pass, Simpson ran a fade route to the right rear corner of the end zone. Simpson got a hand on it but was unable to come down with the ball which was just a bit out of his reach. He did draw a pass interference penalty. That flag extended the series, which resulted in a touchdown by running back Matt Asiata.

2013 Week 16 vs CIN (5 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Like everyone else, Jerome Simpson struggled to reel in many catches because quarterback Matt Cassel was just plain bad. On Simpson's very first target, Cassel underthrew him on a deep ball--one where Simpson was double -covered as well. The interception was a bit freaky--the ball bounced off the helmet of Bengals corner Dre Kirkpatrick and into safety George Iloka's hands. Still it was a badly thrown pass that seemed to have no chance of ending up where it was supposed to go. Simpson was hurt on the next target as Cassel threw the ball way too high and Simpson was upended as he jumped up to try and make a play. Simpson returned and finally got a catch, before being the target of Cassel's second interception of the day, this time by linebacker Rey Maualuga who the quarterback somehow didn't see in the passing lane.

2013 Week 17 vs DET (7 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)

Simpson continues to be a baffling fit for the Vikings offense, though that seems to be more a product of a lack of consistent direction in the offense than Simpson himself. It certainly didn't help that he had frequent changes in quarterback. Still, two years into his tenure as a Vikings receiver, he has yet to consistently provide the vertical threat he has been paid to be. Matt Cassel had a hard time syncing up with him Sunday, constantly throwing passes just a bit off, including one down the right side of the field in the first quarter where Cassel decided Simpson would expect a back-shoulder throw when the route was a deep vertical route. Simpson was also the target on safety Louis Delmas' second quarter interception in the end zone. Almost from the snap, Cassel stared down Simpson, never looking the defense off. Delmas was lurking in the passing lane and picked off the ball.

2012 Week 4 vs DET (5 / 4 / 50 / 0 rec)

It was hard to guess how involved Simpson would be in the offense, as the Vikings definitely aimed to keep the offense conservative and avoid mistakes. Despite that, the team got Simpson the ball early on and threw long to him a few times early. In fact, on the first two bombs thrown towards Simpson, he drew two pass interference penalties. That's a dimension this offense has lacked so far this season and as the game progressed he and Ponder seemed to get on the same page more and more frequently. It's clear they are still getting used to each other, but so far they are making progress. Aside from the two pass interference drawing passes, Simpson caught all but one of his targets. His height is a huge factor for this offense, and in the fourth quarter just how big a factor was shown. When the Vikings were trying to burn the clock and get out of their own end, Ponder threw a 27yard pass to Simpson for a huge first down. The play had Simpson streaking down the sideline, stride for stride with rookie Lion cornerback Dwight Bentley. Ponder threw the ball up in the air and let Simpson use his height and vertical jump to go up and get the ball over the head of the much shorter Bentley. It was a huge first down and showed not only that Simpson will be a difference maker in this offense, but that he already has the trust of his quarterback and coaching staff.

2012 Week 5 vs TEN (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Simpson hurt his leg in warmups and had a very limited role. He is having further testing done, as the injury could be related to back problems. His status going into the game against Washington is up in the air.

2012 Week 7 vs ARI (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Due to Ponder not having enough time to execute long developing plays, Simpson wasn't able to capitalize on his speed. He did catch one ball underneath that he was able to turn in to an 8 yard gain, and in the first quarter he drew a pass interference penalty that set up the Adrian Peterson touchdown by getting arm-barred by William Gay.

2012 Week 8 vs TB (7 / 2 / 37 / 0 rec)

Simpson was the primary deep threat against Tampa Bay and received plenty of opportunities to make big plays. Unfortunately, most of Christian Ponder's throws to Simpson were off-target. When Simpson did have a catchable target, he was hit-or-miss. He made a clutch deep catch on third-and-long, extending a drive, while dropping another potential long gain when Ponder delivered a perfect pass. Simpson's game included a lost fumble when the game was still within reach and a great downfield block, springing Adrian Peterson's long touchdown run. Simpson still looks to be developing chemistry with Christian Ponder and remains a receiver to monitor down the stretch this season.

2012 Week 9 vs SEA (2 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)

Simpson was unable to get separation all game, and the only reception the wide receiver made was on a medium length crossing route, where Simpson was tightly covered but Ponder made his best throw of the game to force the ball in to a tight window as the safety flew over to knock the ball out. To his credit, Simpson was able to secure the catch.

2012 Week 10 vs DET (4 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)

Simpson's first reception was a wide receiver screen on third and 25. He did well to evade the first tackler, but the Lions' defense swarmed around him before he could get down the field. Simpson's second reception went for nine yards against off coverage as he dived back towards the football to make the play. Simpson's most impressive play of the day was a curl route against single coverage when he timed his break perfectly to come back to the ball, before turning past the defender upfield for a first down. It was notable however that the Vikings never took a deep shot to the physically gifted receiver.

2012 Week 12 vs CHI (5 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Simpson began the game at the #1 wide receiver for the Vikings because Percy Harvin was out with an ankle injury. However, Simpson's inability to come up with the ball on several occasions made him more of a liability than an asset for the Vikings. In the first quarter, Simpson had just one catch and was tackled immediately for a gain of 1. It was his only official reception of the game. At the end of the third quarter, Christian Ponder targeted Simpson twice on the drive, and both times Simpson dropped the ball.

2012 Week 13 vs GB (7 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)

Simpson has been a huge disappointment for the Vikings this year, who were hoping he would emerge as a legitimate deep threat. Even my meager expectations of him haven't been met as he has reverted back to pre-2011 form. He was targeted seven times, but could only come down with a pair of catches. Some of that was on quarterback Christian Ponder, like the only pass he threw to Simpson in the first half which was badly underthrown despite Simpson being wide open. Quite often though, and for much of the season, Simpson is simply unable to get separation on his routes, especially the deep ones. A good example of this was on Simspon's one target in the third quarter. On the play, Simpson went deep along the left sideline but couldn't outrun Packers' cornerback Davon House. Ponder threw it just a bit long but House was so close to Simpson there was zero room for error. Throughout the game, Simpson couldn't find any room to function and was just unable to shake the coverage. Simpson did run a very nice route on a catch (the first to a wide receiver all game) in the late fourth quarter where he was able to find some inside separation on the coverage for a big gain. In the end though, and against a fairly soft secondary, Simspon once again couldn't get the job done.

2012 Week 14 vs CHI (1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Simpson had just one target and catch in this game - a 13 yard slant in the first quarter. It came on play action, and was a nice catch. He shed the first tackle and got a few more yards before going down.

2012 Week 15 vs STL (6 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)

Simpson's first reception went for a first down on a crossing route. He made an impressive reception between two defenders. Simpson's second reception was a quick pass in the flat when he couldn't beat Cortland Finnegan in space and fumbled the football and also picked up a foot injury. Fortunately for the Vikings he managed to retain possession. Simpson made a nice hands catch on a 15 yard curl route with a defender draped over him.

2012 Week 16 vs HOU (5 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec)

Simpson's uneven season continued on Sunday against the Texans.  He was targeted primarily on receiver screens and drag routes across the middle of the field.  Simpson has had success historically on deeper crossing patterns but the Vikings seem content to keep him outside the hash marks and while he often gets the ball in space, he rarely receives it on the run.  His best catch against the Texans came on a quick screen wherein he received the ball cleanly, cut back to the middle of the field, and turned upfield for a seven yard gain.

2012 Week 17 vs GB (6 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)

On third and seven on the first drive, Simpson kept working late in his route to catch a first down pass on the sidelines for eight yards. Simpson beat a defensive back in single coverage on a 10 yard out before catching a pass from Ponder after initially bobbling it. Simpson caught a 20 yard pass on a deep in route as he found space after play-action on first down. Simpson left the game with a head injury in the third quarter.

2012 Week 18 vs GB (6 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)

Simpson's first reception was a well defended comeback on third and 10 for nine yards. Simpson needed to run a better route to get further down the field for the first down. Simpson caught a slant pass on second and 12 for 11 yards against single coverage.

2011 Week 1 vs CLE (9 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)

Kind of a mixed bag. Took a nice slant on the 3rd drive of the game and not only made the catch but took a vicious hit from Cleveland and bounced up and went back to the huddle. He also dropped plenty of balls too and that's gotta stop for his production to go up and also to earn the trust of his quarterbacks. Simpson unfortunately is having to work with a rookie but the talent is there for this guy to succeed.

2011 Week 2 vs DEN (9 / 4 / 136 / 0 rec)

Jerome Simpson was not the most consistent receiver on Sunday, but he was clutch in key situations. Simpson ran decent routes and got good separation, producing a couple of explosive plays for the offense. His 84 yard catch and run saw him split the safeties, catch a nice pass from Dalton and proceed up the field, dragging tacklers in his wake for about ten yards. It was a key play in the course of the game. Simpson dropped a couple of passes too, including a crucial third down play where Dalton had to fire it quickly due to the oncoming rush. It appeared that the Dalton/Simpson connection improved from last week, but it is still a work in progress. Simpson was a target of a Dalton pass in the red zone, but it was out of his reach. In this game, Simpson was the number two option in the passing game behind mercurial talent A.J. Green.

2011 Week 3 vs SF (4 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Simpson had only one catch on four targets, two of which were in the end zone. He and Dalton didn't appear to be on the same page. Simpson had a chance to catch one in the end zone to cap the opening drive, but it was a desperation throw from Dalton on the run, high and hard to catch.

2011 Week 4 vs BUF (3 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)

Jerome Simpson's future status on the team remains somewhat unclear given the off-field legal situation he is dealing with, but he started the game this week. It was a very quiet outing, however, as he finished with just 3 targets in the game. He did catch all 3 passes thrown his way but two of them came on a garbage-time drive in the first half. The only play he made that mattered came on the game-winning drive when he picked up 17-yards on a pass over the middle from deep in Bengals territory. Whether it was due to the play of CB Drayton Florence or some other factor, Simpson did not appear to be a major part of the team's game plan this week.

2011 Week 5 vs JAX (7 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)

Simpson was heavily targeted in this game, although he doesn't have much to show for it in the box score. That has more to do with the coverage and the time QB Andy Dalton had to throw than it does with Simpson himself, as it seems as though Dalton trusts him, converting on three 3rd down connections for first downs. Simpson did a nice job of getting separation and making his big frame an inviting target, then fighting for extra yardage after the catch.

2011 Week 6 vs IND (9 / 6 / 101 / 0 rec)

erome Simpson had a great game on Sunday and really had some explosive plays which really helped his team. Simpson is an inconsistent guy in terms of catching and the production he gets but can play really well at times. He caught a big pass over the middle in traffic and can provide a great option on third and long to convert as his quickness to get down the field can be very useful. Later in the game, he was able to run a great corner route and haul in a deep pass down the sideline from Dalton. Simpson is not a great redzone threat and the Bengals run the ball a lot but he could quickly become a favorite weapon for Dalton over the middle of the field and have a lot of high yardage type games. The Colt's DB's were subpar and some of the reason Simpson looked so explosive but enough was seen to be encouraged from. He did take some criticism for drops from head coach Marvin Lewis, but Simpson still established himself as a nice #2 option in the passing game today.

2011 Week 8 vs SEA (2 / 1 / 14 / 1 rec)

Simpson didn't get much work--and none at all in the second half--but he made his single catch count. On his catch, a 14 yard touchdown, Simpson cut his route inside and quarterback Andy Dalton threw a perfect pass where only Simpson was going to catch it, which he did for a touchdown. There was also a point during the first half where he appeared to throw a punch at a Seahawk, but was not called for it.

2011 Week 9 vs TEN (10 / 3 / 43 / 1 rec)

Simpson played a nice sidekick to Green's superhero. After dropping a pass early on, he ran a good route and made a nice catch on a 18 yard pass play. He also caught a touchdown pass in the third quarter in traffic, doing and excellent job of shielding the defender from the ball with his body and then turning to get the ball across the goal line. Simpson did cost himself an opportunity at a second TD when he failed to get two feet down in the back of the end zone. It would not have been an easy play as he was running full speed, but definitely a play that he could have made.

2011 Week 10 vs PIT (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Simpson was well covered and just did not to seem to get in the flow of the game. After Green went out they put DB Ike Taylor on him and Ike shut him down. Without Green getting the attention it hurt the play of Simpson as he had to be the number one receiver in the offense.

2011 Week 11 vs BAL (13 / 8 / 152 / 0 rec)

Simpson did an excellent job filling in for AJ Green as Dalton's top target. He made a highlight reel catch in the first quarter that could have been much simpler. Simpson, as he did for much of the day, got behind the defense and had the ball hit him in the hands. Unfortunately, he bobbled the ball and had to get acrobatic just to secure the catch. He missed a couple of opportunities in the second quarter as he dropped a short out and then Dalton missed him on a deep ball where Simpson was 5 yards clear of the defender. Simpson made a couple of huge plays in the 4th quarter. First he fought hard for yardage after a post to pick up 22 yards on 1st and 15. Then on the final drive of the game Simpson (for the 4th or 5th time of the day) got behind the defense and made a leaping catch over 2 defenders for a 43 yard gain.

2011 Week 12 vs CLE (5 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

Simpson hurt his knee early in the second half and did not look like he would return. He went to his knees to receive a 3rd down pass, and was hit from the side, twisting his right knee as his foot got caught in the turf under him. He came off the field under his own power, but did so very gingerly. He did surprisingly return, though he seemed to be limited by the injury.

2011 Week 14 vs HOU (6 / 2 / 38 / 1 rec)

Simpson saw most of his opportunities in the first half, including a touchdown pass that he leapt to catch and held on to as the safety delivered a hit on his way to the ground. Simpson joined Dalton in trying to stretch the field, with half of his targets coming on deeper routes. Some of his targets had had no chance to catch, including one of the two passes thrown his way in the second half, which was knocked down at the line.

2011 Week 16 vs ARI (6 / 5 / 42 / 1 rec)

Any show that had their plays of the year already edited prior to this game quite possibly missed the play of the year unless they still have time to re-edit. In addition to a handful of short receptions, Simpson made one of the most spectacular plays in the NFL in a long time, taking a crossing route across the field from right to left. After making the reception, he turned up the left sideline and leapt high in the air over LB Daryl Washington, completing a flip in the air and sticking the landing for the TD to extend the Cincinnati lead to 17-0.

2011 Week 17 vs BAL (10 / 5 / 54 / 0 rec)

Jerome Simpson won some one-on-one matchups on the outside with A.J. Green getting extra attention. Simpson made a nice adjustment on a high throw by Dalton, taking a hit from behind but hanging on for the catch. Simpson also prevented a sure interception, breaking up a pass that was in the hands of a Baltimore DB.

2011 Week 18 vs HOU (6 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)

Simpson had only two catches against the Texans but one was destined for the highlight reels. Late in the 3rd quarter, Simpson lined up split to the left. He caught a short pass from Andy Dalton, turned upfield, and hurdled a Houston defender for a 17 yard gain.

2010 Week 15 vs CLE (3 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)

Simpson saw two deep corner routes thrown his way, and he made a nice reception on both of them for 15 yard gains each. He was also targeted in the red zone late in the third quarter, but the pass was off the mark and it fell incomplete. He will see a bit more time now with Terrell Owens out for the season and the Bengals looking to see how their younger receivers will perform.

2010 Week 16 vs SD (7 / 6 / 124 / 2 rec)

Simpson had a breakout game, but it wasn't as impressive as his numbers would lead you to believe. Simpson's long TD came when Antoine Cason failed to get set on a hurry-up play, and Simpson's other catches displayed strong hands, but limited run-after-catch ability. He is a lanky, long strider who looks like he'll do his best work in the air. Simpson did demonstrate good coordination getting both feet down on his first TD, but he also seemed to notice contact coming on his drop and looked slow after the catch. There's some reason for hope, but not as much as the gaudy stat line indicates.

2010 Week 17 vs BAL (13 / 12 / 123 / 1 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Simpson had a huge game, looking like a younger, quicker Chad Ochocinco, and getting open over and over again. However, Simpson had two fumbles that did big damage to the Bengals, one of which was immediately converted to a touchdown by Ray Rice. Simpson, though, has a bright future as evidenced by his performance over the last two weeks. He seems to run solid routes and he possesses great lateral movement and quickness. The Ravens simply had no answer for him. He also showed great hands, at one point leaping high in the air to snag a pass, and also catching an over-the-shoulder lob for the Bengals sole touchdown. He is a receiver to watch for 2011, and one thing I did like was his attitude on the sideline after the 2nd fumble. He was walking around with a ball tucked in his arm, talking to himself. That kind of attitude will pay dividends for him in the future.

2008 Week 13 vs BAL (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Simpson was not able to register a catch.