Does A.J. Green’s Arrival Spell Doom For Jerome Simpson?

May 10, 2011


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A popular pre-NFL Draft sleeper was Cincinnati wide receiver Jerome Simpson after he finished the 2010 season off with a bang. Simpson caught six passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns in Week 16 against the Chargers before finishing with 12 catches for 123 yards and a score against the Ravens.
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With Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens not likely to return, Simpson seemed like a lock to take over number one receiver duties. While he still may hold onto the number one role, and almost assuredly a starting WR gig, the selection of A.J. Green with the fourth overall pick certainly cramps Simpson’s style.
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Fortunately for Simpson, there should be enough receptions to go around to make both receivers solid fantasy options.  Ocho and T.O. combined for 264 targets last year, leaving plenty of room to accommodate Green’s looks and Simpson’s increase from 25 targets. With rookie Andy Dalton the likely starter, tight end Jermaine Gresham should see an increase in targets as well.
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Andre Caldwell is likely the odd-man-out as he will likely lose the starting job. With Jordan Shipley locked in at the slot position, Caldwell could be limited to four-receiver sets.
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With Green on board, Simpson likely goes from a player that would be overdrafted to a potential value pick.

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