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Sunday, November 17, 2013, 3:16pm
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Saturday, November 16, 2013, 4:18pm
The local media expect Simpson to be benched in favor of Patterson after coach Leslie Frazier dropped hints throughout the week.
As Patterson received extended reps in this week's practice, Frazier confirmed that the rookie's stock is on the rise after playing a season-high 40 percent of the offensive snaps in Week 10.
"We intended to continue to get him more reps," Frazier said, via Fox Sports North. "You saw it in the Washington game and the prior week, we're trying to get him more reps. So, 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."
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 5:31pm
However, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier declined to say definitively whether Simpson will be available. Frazier acknowledged that Simpson’s guilty plea to a felony drug charge in Kentucky before Simpson joined the Vikings will “definitely factor in to what happens going forward” in terms of a possible additional punishment by the NFL and/or team.
“We’ll have further clarification as we learn more from the league as well as what we’re going to do internally,” Frazier said. “But from my standpoint there isn’t a whole lot more that I can add regarding his situation as we are continuing to gather more information.”
The Vikings returned to work Monday after a three-day break following their 34-27 victory against the Washington Redskins on Thursday. Simpson addressed reporters for about two minutes after a short practice.
“I sincerely apologize for the attention that I have brought to the fans, our community and myself,” he said.
Saturday, November 9, 2013, 1:57pm
According to a jail spokesperson, Simpson refused a breathalyzer and was arrested on probable cause. Jail records show he was booked at 5:39 a.m. Saturday.
Simpson, 27, is on a 36-hour hold, the spokesperson said. Because it's a weekend, Simpson could be held until noon Tuesday, though a judge could review his case sooner, the spokesperson said.
Friday, August 9, 2013, 8:15pm
"The bottom line with [Jarius Wright] is he knows what to do all of the time," Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said. "He can help the other guys in that room. With all of the new faces in the receiving room, he helps them in the meeting room, during the drills and also of course when they break the huddle."
The 5-foot-10 Wright initially was pigeon-holed as a slot receiver, but has shown an ability to get down the field on the perimeter. He had three catches for 65 yards and a touchdown in Week 10 and finished the season with 22 catches for 310 yards and two scores in the final seven games.
No one expects Wright to fill Harvin's production on his own, but showing that he is capable of being a threat could help take the opposing defense's eye off of Adrian Peterson, Jennings and tight end Kyle Rudolph on occasion.
Given the current state of the Minnesota receiving corps, it's not inconceivable that Wright could see a lot of snaps in the slot and also in a rotation with Jerome Simpson and Cordarelle Patterson on the outside.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 12:50pm
"[Simpson] is doing a better job getting separation," OC Bill Musgrave said. "We can gauge his speed better."
Simpson is a deep sleeper, though it's tough to get excited about the Vikings passing game. Cordarelle Patterson is nipping at his heels, but Simpson may be better than he played last season. He is finally over the back issue that hampered him in 2012.
Cordarrelle Patterson still running behind Jerome Simpson
Thursday, August 1, 2013, 10:33am
Five days into training camp, the pecking order at receiver remains in deference to the veterans. Running a majority of three-receiver sets, the Vikings have stuck with Jerome Simpson, Greg Jennings and second-year pro Jarius Wright in the slot. Rookie first-round draft pick Cordarrelle Patterson appears to be the fourth receiver, although his size and skill level suggests that will change. When is the question, not if.
Because the Vikings do a good job of mixing and matching receivers with quarterbacks, all the top receivers get ample opportunities to work on their timing with both Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel. One of the highlights Wednesday came during one-on-one drills when Patterson leapt high in the air against starting cornerback Chris Cook and showed the concentration to make a falling catch of a Ponder deep ball.
Patterson will eventually beat out Simpson, but the veteran has shown enough in his career to hold off Patterson if the rookie doesn't pick up the offense quickly.
Monday, July 29, 2013, 9:02pm
His afternoon ended with a 15-yard TD grab from Matt Cassel during 11-on-11 red zone action. Earlier in the afternoon, Burton hauled in a bomb down the left sideline from Cassel and also capitalized during 7-on-7 work with a precise route up the seam that left the Vikings’ nickel defense addled and resulted in another long score.
Burton will be fighting for a roster spot as the preseason moves on with four other receivers – Greg Jennings, Cordarrelle Patterson, Jerome Simpson and Jarius Wright – all certain to make the team. The former seventh-round pick said Jennings’ arrival has accelerated his development.
Monday, July 29, 2013, 9:01pm
It's safe to say Vikings QB Christian Ponder is still consistently inconsistent when it comes to throwing a football. Part of the problem on Monday came from the pressure Ponder felt up front as the players put pads on for the first time in camp. Granted, no one can hit Ponder, and there was no tackling, but Ponder had difficulty throwing accurately or sometimes at all as the defense swarmed around him.
In today's 11-on-11 competition, Ponder completed 4 of 12 passes. He was "sacked" twice, had one pass batted down at the line of scrimmage and threw another ball away because of pressure.
Ponder also had a deep ball to Jerome Simpson come down about four yards out of bounds. Three of Ponder's completions went to Jarius Wright, including two that were decent throws for touchdowns in red-zone situations.
The story also noted that backup Matt Cassel was 8-for-11...
Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 10:46am
Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson spent his Monday morning running sprints and catching passes alongside All-Pro receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
In other words, Simpson's 2013 season is off to a promising start.
“I wanted to work with one of the greats,” Simpson said. “I got an opportunity to come down here and work with him so I wanted to take full advantage of it.”
Simpson and Fitzgerald don’t know each other personally. They share a mutual friend and Fitzgerald extended an invitation for Simpson to join workouts that he hosts at the Gophers football facility. Simpson took part for the first time on Monday.
Thursday, June 20, 2013, 9:57am
ESPN's Kevin Seifert wrote:
At one point or another in recent weeks, I've had a half-dozen people tell me how impressive Vikings rookie WR Cordarrelle Patterson has been during offseason workouts. To my untrained eye, of course, Patterson looks like a fast and energetic young receiver who can get downfield without a problem against defenders who aren't wearing pads and can't hold or hit him.
Seifert went on to say that Viking WR Greg Jennings described it as "that definitive step," an aggressive move at the top of routes that's the key to creating separation. The Vikings are looking for someone to step into that WR2 role behind Jennings. Jerome Simpson is listed second on the depth cart at WR with Patterson third. Regardless of the order, QB Christian Ponder will have a lot to say about the success of the Vikes passing game.
Saturday, June 1, 2013, 11:14am
Cordarrelle Patterson’s role was a bit more defined this week, though neither piece of information we received comes as a huge surprise. Patterson said the Vikings want him to learn the split end position for now (Jerome Simpson's current position), and they’ll move him around in their formations once he’s mastered that. He also will be a kick returner instead of a punt returner, since the Vikings still have Marcus Sherels to do that.
Patterson still has quite a bit to learn from receivers coach George Stewart, but he’s already heard from Greg Jennings the importance of refining his route-running, and Stewart said he’s fine with where Patterson is right now.
“He’s learning football as expected,” Stewart said. “He’s not a guy that you look at that’s behind on things. He’s sharp. He always comes and talks through things. Jarius Wright does a good job of staying with him. He always comes to my ear and asks questions. He’s very inquisitive, which I like. He’s picking up things extremely well.”
Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 4:33pm
Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson is a raw route-runner who probably will need many of his touches manufactured out of the gate, not unlike Percy Harvin did the past four seasons. That leaves Jerome Simpson as the starting split end and Greg Jennings as the flanker, with Jarius Wright a situational threat in the vertical passing game.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 1:22pm
During his visit to Winter Park, WR Greg Jennings watched film with coordinator Bill Musgrave and receivers coach George Stewart, who showed him places they'd like to put him in the offense. The plan for now is to start Jennings at the "Z" (flanker) -- the same spot Harvin played, although the way that position operates figures to be vastly different.
Jerome Simpson remains the starting "X" (split end) by default for now, a $2.1 million insurance policy if whatever outside receiver the Vikings select high in next month's draft comes along slower than hoped. Jennings figures to play some there and plenty in the slot, too, depending how Musgrave incorporates Jarius Wright and others into the scheme.
Jennings figures to be targeted heavily in Minnesota's offense, though he probably won't be as efficient as he was in Green Bay.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 1:03pm
Simpson was a big disappointment in 2012, but he did struggle with injuries at the start of the season and never really looked like himself. The Vikings have a lot of work to do at the receiver position, so Simpson should have an opportunity to earn some snaps.