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Vikings expect Simpson to play, but he may not start

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Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Wednesday that the team expects wide receiver Jerome Simpson to be in the lineup this weekend, a little more than a week after he was arrested on DWI charges.

Frazier wasn’t willing to say that Simpson would remain a member of the starting lineup, however. Frazier said that the team is considering its options, but that they already were planning to give rookie Cordarrelle Patterson more playing time and that this might be an opportunity to do that.

“We intended to continue to get him more reps, and you saw it in the Washington game and the prior one, trying to get him more reps,” Frazier said, via Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “That was a part of the plan anyway, and it definitely will be a part of the plan now, with some of the concerns that we have.”

Patterson’s playing time has been on the rise and there wasn’t much reason for Simpson to remain ahead of him on the depth chart before the arrest. With that added to the mix, it’s high time to give the first-round pick more run.

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14 Responses to “Vikings expect Simpson to play, but he may not start”
  1. operwapitsai says: Nov 13, 2013 4:10 PM

    time to pick him up in fantasy yet??

  2. deltaoracle says: Nov 13, 2013 4:14 PM

    “…high time…” – didn’t you mean to save that for a Bowe story?
    I guess they could use Patterson on some end-arounds until they draft someone who can throw him the ball.

  3. purpleguy says: Nov 13, 2013 4:17 PM

    Corduroy should be ready by now, although I suspect Richard Sherman will catch as many passes as Simpson will.

  4. fwippel says: Nov 13, 2013 4:17 PM

    Simpson should be cut loose now. The Vikings have three young WRs behind him who are talented and haven’t been in any trouble in Patterson, Wright and Webb. Let’s see what these young guys can do.

  5. thepftpoet says: Nov 13, 2013 4:22 PM

    Simpson would probably play better drunk

  6. kamikazebulldog says: Nov 13, 2013 4:32 PM

    While Simpson has had a better year this season than last, I can’t imagine he is in the teams future plans.

    Either way, at 2-7, this is the time to play your youngsters and get them some game experience and see if they may be able to contribute next season. Patterson and Wright need to be given the reps. That being said, I think Simpson has more to offer as a wide receiver than Webb ever will.

  7. thegrigga49 says: Nov 13, 2013 4:38 PM

    They should bench Jennings, every Vikings game I’ve watched this year , Simpson has been much more consistent.

  8. ajschn06 says: Nov 13, 2013 4:47 PM

    fwippel says: Nov 13, 2013 4:17 PM

    Simpson should be cut loose now. The Vikings have three young WRs behind him who are talented and haven’t been in any trouble in Patterson, Wright and Webb. Let’s see what these young guys can do.

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    I like Wright, but in what world is Joe Webb a talented WR? He has some awesome raw athletic ability, but has never shown any inclination that he can be a productive football player…

  9. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Nov 13, 2013 5:26 PM

    Well, I guess having to sit on the opening drive is probably worse punishment than the 1 year paid vacation Chris Cook got.

  10. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Nov 13, 2013 5:33 PM

    Two years from now, Cordarrelle Patterson will be considered a top-5 wide receiver.

  11. beastmode5150 says: Nov 13, 2013 6:10 PM

    Maybe he will be involved in the trick plays the Vikings will need to run to generate offense vs Seattle?

  12. jebdamone says: Nov 13, 2013 7:50 PM

    as a vikings fan of over 30 years i am always annoyed at how long we leave the training wheels on our rookies. we are garbage…get Cordarrelle out there and let him make some plays.

  13. urcrap says: Nov 13, 2013 9:37 PM

    Like it will matter if juice Simpson plays it not on Sunday. Ha! Vikes will lose by at least 21 regardless. The Vike tank is running on empty and Simpson’s stupidity is nothing more than a distraction that takes our minds off of how much they suck. Go ahead Vikes and prove me wrong!
    That’s what I thought!

  14. The Doctor says: Nov 14, 2013 5:46 PM

    Always have to be careful of the guys walking around with the Fumanchu on the chin. Sign of rebellion, and someone who has not grown up yet. (See Percy Harvin)

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