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Vikings expect big things from Jerome Simpson

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Vikings coach Leslie Frazier has said that receiver Jerome Simpson won’t be placed on a “pitch count” in his debut after a three-game suspension.  And the team now hopes he’ll hit a home run against the Lions.

We’re expecting big things out of Jerome,” offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune.  “He’s quick off the line, good body control and a lot of top-end speed.”

He also can jump.  While running.  Over other players.  And do flips.

More importantly, Simpson brings the kind of field-stretching speed that will open up the offense, from the running lanes through which Adrian Peterson will plow to the underneath routes on which Percy Harvin and Kyle Rudolph will glide.

The arrival of Simpson, who signed as a free agent after starting his career with the Bengals, coupled with the unlikely win over the 49ers, has created something in Minnesota that hasn’t been there since the 2010 season opened with a thud:  Hope.

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  1. icanthelpitimabengalsfan says: Sep 29, 2012 9:45 PM

    Surprisingly or sadly, Leslie forgot to mention that he is a moron. Or, perhaps that doesn’t matter in the Vikings offense..this guy couldn’t master the
    Bengals offense for 4 years. A physical freak yes, but he just never seemed to be a playmaker in my book!

  2. patfic15 says: Sep 29, 2012 9:49 PM

    Not a Viking fan but I fully expect them to beat the Lions.

  3. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Sep 29, 2012 9:58 PM

    But remember we had all 22 starters coming back from the NFC Championship Game. That hope then turned into what the hell is happening with Sidney Rice. Which turned into excitement with Randy Moss coming, to what the hell are you doing Brad (Childress) after cutting Moss. Then the pictures of Brett’s junk with blue Crocs to Jen Sterger. Then Brad gets his butt shown the door. Then the roof collapses on the Metrodome. they play a Monday Night game as a home team in Detroit. Then Mr. Ironman (Favre) ends his career on the icy floor of TCF Bank stadium on Monday Night football on national tv. Then Sunday Night football gets moved to Tuesday Night football in Philadelphia.

    What a season to remember coming off an overtime loss in the NFC Championship Game.

    This goes to show distractions are the ultimate equalizer. That would be you this year New Orleans.

  4. brewdogg says: Sep 29, 2012 10:05 PM

    icanthelpitimabengalsfan says: Sep 29, 2012 9:45 PM

    Surprisingly or sadly, Leslie forgot to mention that he is a moron. Or, perhaps that doesn’t matter in the Vikings offense..this guy couldn’t master the
    Bengals offense for 4 years. A physical freak yes, but he just never seemed to be a playmaker in my book!
    ———————————–

    As far as I can tell, no one has been able to master the Bengals playbook over the last 4 years. Maybe you should try a different playbook…..

  5. rubberinnertube says: Sep 29, 2012 10:12 PM

    Not going to ease him into playing at full speed?

    What are the odds of Simpson tweaking a hamstring? I’d say it’s extremely likely.

  6. tremoluxman says: Sep 29, 2012 10:15 PM

    He probably needs about a half dozen games before we can really evaluate him. Just because he bombed in one place doesn’t mean he won’t do well with a change of scenery. As much as I like the Vikings, it’s going to be a roller-coaster of a season here. We’ll see what we see.

  7. nflfollower says: Sep 29, 2012 10:19 PM

    Well its easy to expect big things from your wideouts going against that secondary. It’s not an incredible prediction by any means

  8. filthymcnasty1 says: Sep 29, 2012 10:27 PM

    Who is going to throw him the ball?

  9. chocopoppy says: Sep 29, 2012 10:29 PM

    Agree with comment about the moron. He was in a witness protection program for about 2 seasons while he learned the NFL terminology. He can surround one highlight reel play with 3 quarters of bare existence. Don’t buy the flip….or the hype..on Jerome. After all, why did the Bengals gladly let him go?

  10. cyraider says: Sep 29, 2012 10:32 PM

    Minny hasn’t had a good weed man since cris carter left…he should be very popular in the locker room

  11. thetokyosandblaster says: Sep 29, 2012 10:48 PM

    Other things expected in Minnesota:

    1. That kids will turn out just fine if you mate with your sister.

    2. The Metrodome? Solid as hell! No way anything will cave that monument to engineering!

    3. Winning one game in week two means Super Bowl for SURE!

    4. A milkshake will bring all the boys to Contra’s yard.

    5. Minnesota will one day be better than WI.

    They don’t have a really good track record for “expectations.”

  12. matthewcarlson1 says: Sep 29, 2012 10:48 PM

    Hope everyone had fun bashing the Vikings for the last two years, its over. They never stay down for long.

  13. ninefingers9 says: Sep 29, 2012 10:50 PM

    icanthelpitimabengalsfan…

    Maybe you have discounted…what the rest of the nation knows….the Cinci coaching staff is about as idiotic of a coaching staff as there is in the league! Maybe it wasn’t Simpson who couldn’t “master the Bengals offense”….maybe it was the COACHING staff of the Bengals who couldn’t master the Bengals offense! Diamond in the ruff? I say….Lets play football!!!!!!

  14. klunge says: Sep 29, 2012 11:01 PM

    Unfortunately, as a Lions fan I expect big things from him tomorrow too.

  15. ihaterogergoodell says: Sep 29, 2012 11:10 PM

    Peterson plowing and Harvin gliding? Who wrote this, Hemmingway? Writing about your favorite team sure brings out the best in you, Florio!

  16. zygizag says: Sep 29, 2012 11:27 PM

    Sometimes a change of venue helps ala Carter.

    No matter how great of good he plays, he is an upgrade for the Vikings at the #2 WR spot as long as he can stay legal.

  17. zygizag says: Sep 29, 2012 11:27 PM

    great or good

  18. dicecoldsr says: Sep 29, 2012 11:37 PM

    The only way they dont win the next Super Bowl is bcuz the world blew up on 12/21/12. No sarcasm.

  19. ktravp says: Sep 29, 2012 11:54 PM

    I hope he does better for the Vikings than he did for my Bengals. In all honesty, for every 1 play of phenomenal athleticism (see front flip into end zone), he had another 10 plays where he inexplicably failed at the common routine catch. It was like watching a car mechanical genius that could reassemble a carburetor blind folded while hanging upside down, but then couldn’t master the simplicity of driving the car in a straight line. But hey, he can do flips.

  20. monkeyhateclean says: Sep 30, 2012 12:27 AM

    I think most NFL minds expected the Vikes to start out 2-1. If they go 2-1 in their next 3 games (@DET, vs.TEN, @WAS), they will have earned some respect.

  21. 513cincyfan says: Sep 30, 2012 12:39 AM

    As someone who follows the Bengals I expect the Vikings to be disappointed .

  22. pariseinminnesotabichez says: Sep 30, 2012 12:40 AM

    With Jerome, what cant the Vikings do?

  23. pappavike says: Sep 30, 2012 12:46 AM

    It’s not whether he go’s deep but the thought of him going deep that should help the Vikes! There are some nice toys for Ponder to work with!!

  24. paulage77 says: Sep 30, 2012 1:06 AM

    Big Bengals fan, miss Jerome he was fun, a supreme talent, and a good guy. will be rooting for him.

  25. mjkelly77 says: Sep 30, 2012 1:51 AM

    Not a Lions fan but I fully expect them to beat the Vikings.

  26. purplengold says: Sep 30, 2012 1:58 AM

    Beat the little kitties. Skol!

  27. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Sep 30, 2012 2:15 AM

    cyraider says:Sep 29, 2012 10:32 PM

    Minny hasn’t had a good weed man since cris carter left…he should be very popular in the locker room
    ——————————————————–

    Your forgetting Onterrio Smith who got busted by the TSA for having a prosthetic pen!s…

  28. YouGetTheHorns says: Sep 30, 2012 2:24 AM

    Other things expected in Tokyo:

    1. Sandblasters groping men on the subway.

    2. Crap through a hole in the floor. Yeah, toilets are overrated like the NFL is in Tokyo?

    3. Winning means pollution has cleared for one day in a two week period.

    4. The paint thinner is called Saki.

    5. If you can walk the rice paper without leaving a trace, then it is time for you to leave.

    p.s. It should be tokyosandBraster

  29. cpo187 says: Sep 30, 2012 3:10 AM

    “Who is going to throw him the ball?”

    How about the 5th highest rated QB in the NFL right now who also has the 2nd highest completion percentage and just made the #1 defense in the NFL look pedestrian. If only the Vikings had that guy…

  30. jimmylions says: Sep 30, 2012 3:45 AM

    Our secondary has more holes in it than Albert Hall. Having a big game is not saying much. But if he gets shut down completely … cut him!

    It will be a good game. Lions will win, but that’s because it is being played in Detroit.

  31. cmoke says: Sep 30, 2012 5:38 AM

    @ninefingers9

    AJ Green seems to have mastered it pretty quickly…

  32. gadzod says: Sep 30, 2012 6:31 AM

    Nothing is bigger than Jerome Simpson’s melon…..

  33. johnnyjagfan says: Sep 30, 2012 7:11 AM

    The Vikings season opened with a thud? From what I remember they beat my Jags in the first game in overtime. Hardly a thud, unless you were a Jag fan. And we know a thing or two about thuds…whatever those are!

  34. chocopoppy says: Sep 30, 2012 7:25 AM

    ninefingers9,

    Why is it that Jerome was the ONLY one who could not understand the plays and get on the field?

    And bad coaching staff? Well, not sure about that but I will say Cincy has had some success over the last 5 years or so. And where is your wonderful coach Brad Childress now? He was such a dynamic leader.

    If I was in vegas I bet more on Bengal success than Simpson success over the nxt few years.

    Go back to being Green Bay’s little punk brother…..

  35. kw93 says: Sep 30, 2012 7:37 AM

    Jerome Simpson looks better in his production not playing in the first 3 weeks than any outer receiver not named Harvin. All he has to food show up and it will open the field. Many didn’t want to believe when the Minnesota rubes kept saying that this team will shock you. Do you still have the fork in the outlet from last Sunday?
    Against this secondary the Vikings would be wise to use Simpson when they can and as often. Get a feel for what they have in him. All the other he/she sayings are all speculation from people who got free screen names.
    Skol

  36. pa1856 says: Sep 30, 2012 7:57 AM

    thetokyosandblaster says:
    Sep 29, 2012 10:48 PM
    Other things expected in Minnesota:

    1. That kids will turn out just fine if you mate with your sister.

    2. The Metrodome? Solid as hell! No way anything will cave that monument to engineering!

    3. Winning one game in week two means Super Bowl for SURE!

    4. A milkshake will bring all the boys to Contra’s yard.

    5. Minnesota will one day be better than WI.

    They don’t have a really good track record for “expectations.”
    ———————————————–
    The comments on here or so irrelevant sometimes. Opinions are alright to have, but if you’re commenting to degrade a team and whatnot, make sure you have your facts right (MN lost to Indy in week 2, beat SF in week 3).

    Also, I’m fairly certain Minnesotans aren’t imbreds? But very good factual commentary on your part; between you and Chris Mortenson, I’m not too sure who’s better!

  37. jwil007 says: Sep 30, 2012 8:15 AM

    As far as I know Jay Gruden has Cincy’s offense ranked 8th and is being talked about for HC jobs already. He also has 4 receivers with over 56 yards catching in 2 seperate games…Jerome’s problem was the dropsies and separation. Vikes fans check the production in year 2 of the Nati offense with Gruden before you speak.

  38. scottieplongballs says: Sep 30, 2012 8:52 AM

    @sandblaster… I remember a man screwing dead deer in ditches in WI and staring down cows at fairs until he got thrown in jail and some drunk lady beating her child cause the Pack lost at Lambau last year when everyone was already planning their superbowl parties. And the self-proclaimed “best fans in America” statement, please. Other fans love their teams just as much. Just because Sconies cant control themselves doesnt mean your great fans just people w nothing else to live for. #lastplacepack #firstplacevikes #getdrunkyourfromWI

  39. gdeli says: Sep 30, 2012 9:03 AM

    we might be on to something here in mn. Let’s hope it lasts. good luck guys.

  40. khmer379 says: Sep 30, 2012 9:13 AM

    Vikings have “High” expectation of him

  41. btizzy1978 says: Sep 30, 2012 9:17 AM

    Really guys, he can’t master a playbook because he is to busy smoking the 10 lbs or whatever it was of mary jane he got caught with in Cincy.

  42. purplepillager says: Sep 30, 2012 9:25 AM

    @thetokyosandblaster

    It’s interesting that you brought interfamily marriage into the conversation. You can marry your first cousin in WI. You can’t in MN. Glass houses my friend.

  43. thetokyosandblaster says: Sep 30, 2012 9:52 AM

    1. I wasn’t referring to this year, the Vikings fans get all excited at the beginning of the year and their team never seals the deal.

    2. Mating and marrying are two different things.

    3. Whenever I go to Packer games in Minnesota, it’s a 1:1 ratio of packer fans to minny fans. Tell me again how much you love your team.

    4. Talking about the Packers in the basement proves my point. It’s a long season. Packers fans know that. Minny needs to celebrate like its the end of the world every time the Packers do bad and the Vikings play one good game. You’re already celebrating what you think will be the season outcome, and it’s week 3. You may want to check out your schedule. The early weeks are nowhere near as tough as the end of te season, and it only gets easier for the Packers starting after this week.

  44. favresgrundle says: Sep 30, 2012 10:18 AM

    Can’t hardly wait to watch as he jumps over the crossbar in a TD celebration. The guy is a human spring. I hoping he’s been studying that playbook during this suspension…

  45. whatjusthapped says: Sep 30, 2012 10:52 AM

    Hope is the key word here, remember this is the same state that voted for Obama in 08. Most likely the same outcome.

  46. truthserum4u says: Sep 30, 2012 12:57 PM

    @ thetokyosandblaster

    1) Aren’t all fansexcited about their teams at the beginning of the year? And only one team per year seals the deal. I think I remember Packer fans being excited all year (undeafeated season Super Bowl winners, etc.) and then came that first playoff game – ouch!

    2) Fo most people mating comes along with marrying. Maybe it doesn’t or won’t for you.

    3) Bull crud!

    4) Most sane Viking fans still don’t think this team is going particularly far this year. But they are enjoying signs of improvement. Maybe the rebuild won’t take as long as expected. They realize the Packers will end up with the better record…this year. But there are signs of chinks in Packer armor. Houston, Giants, Arzona, Bears and Lions twice left the on Green Bay’s schedule. They have their share of tough games.

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