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Jerome Simpson
WR #81
Height:
6-2
Weight:
190
Age:
28
College:
Coastal Carolina
Hometown:
Reidsville , NC
Experience:
6

Quick Stats (2013):

REC
48
YDS
726
AVG
15.1
TDS
1
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesReceivingRushingFumbles
GGSRecYdsAvgLongTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
TOTAL 145 2,004 13.8 84 8 1 2 2 2 0 5 3
2013 MIN 16 8 48 726 15.1 51 1 -- -- -- -- -- 1 0
2012 MIN 12 10 26 274 10.5 33 0 -- -- -- -- -- 2 1
2011 CIN 16 14 50 725 14.5 84 4 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 CIN 5 3 20 277 13.9 59T 3 1 2 2 2 0 2 2
2009 CIN 2 0 0 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2008 CIN 6 1 1 2 2 2 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Recent Games
WKOppResultReceivingRushingFumbles
RecYdsAvgLngTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
1 @DET L 24-34 7 140 20 47 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2 @CHI L 30-31 2 49 24.5 37 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 CLE L 27-31 3 29 9.7 15 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
4 PIT W 34-27 7 124 17.7 51 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
6 CAR L 10-35 4 30 7.5 15 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
7 @NYG L 7-23 3 32 10.7 18 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
8 GB L 31-44 1 18 18 18 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
9 @DAL L 23-27 2 24 12 17 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
10 WAS W 34-27 4 45 11.3 25 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
11 @SEA L 20-41 1 1 1 1 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
12 @GB L 26-26 2 54 27 31 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
13 CHI W 23-20 3 76 25.3 32 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
14 @BAL L 26-29 4 48 12 27 1 -- -- -- -- -- 1 0
15 PHI W 48-30 1 19 19 19 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
16 @CIN L 14-42 1 8 8 8 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
17 DET W 14-13 3 29 9.7 14 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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BIOGRAPHY

GAMES/STARTS (regular season, playoffs) 2008 (6/1-Cinn), 2009 (2/0-Cinn), 2010 (5/3-Cinn), 2011 (16/14, 1/1-Cinn), 2012 (12/10, 1/1), 2013 (16/87). Total- 57/36, 2/2 (28/18, 1/1-Minn; 29/18, 1/1-Cinn).

  • • Logged one of the highlights of the season in 2011 when he flipped over a Cardinals defender at the goal line and perfectly stuck the landing for a TD.
  • • Helped Reidsville High to state titles in football, basketball and ran on state championship relay team in track. 

OFF THE FIELD  Active with charities and events to benefit people with disabilities...Enjoys the outdoors by hunting, fishing and hiking in his free time...Avid bowler, organizing team bowling outings and competitions...Has hosted football camps for kids in his hometown each of the 6 years he has been in the NFL...Is an only child...Majored in computer technology at Coastal Carolina.

GAMES/STARTS (regular season, playoffs) 2008 (6/1-Cinn), 2009 (2/0-Cinn), 2010 (5/3-Cinn), 2011 (16/14, 1/1-Cinn), 2012 (12/10, 1/1), 2013 (16/87). Total- 57/36, 2/2 (28/18, 1/1-Minn; 29/18, 1/1-Cinn).

  • • Logged one of the highlights of the season in 2011 when he flipped over a Cardinals defender at the goal line and perfectly stuck the landing for a TD.
  • • Helped Reidsville High to state titles in football, basketball and ran on state championship relay team in track. 

OFF THE FIELD  Active with charities and events to benefit people with disabilities...Enjoys the outdoors by hunting, fishing and hiking in his free time...Avid bowler, organizing team bowling outings and competitions...Has hosted football camps for kids in his hometown each of the 6 years he has been in the NFL...Is an only child...Majored in computer technology at Coastal Carolina.

PRO Set career-high in receiving yards in 2013 and fell 2 catches shy of his career-best in receptions...Caught 1st TD as a Viking at Baltimore (12/8/13)...Joined Vikings on 4/26/12 as a free agent...Had breakout season with Cincinnati in 2011 with career-best 50 catches, 725 yards and 4 TDs...Ranked 2nd on Bengals squad in receiving yards and TDs and 3rd in receptions...Has notched 5 career 100+ receiving yardage days...Caught 1st 2 career TDs vs. San Diego (12/26/10)...Originally drafted by Cincinnati in 2nd round (#46 overall) in 2008.

2013 Set career-best with 726 receiving yards and his 48 catches was 2 shy of his career-best...Hauled in 1st TD as a Viking at Baltimore (12/8) on an 8-yard pass from Matt Cassel...Notched 2nd 100-yard receiving day in the opening 4 games during International Series game vs. Pittsburgh (9/29) at London, going for 124 yards on 7 catches and recovered a key Vikings fumble for a 1st down...Had best game as a Viking in season opener at Detroit (9/8), hauling in 7 passes for 140 yards, the 5th-best receiving performance on opening day in Vikings history and his 2nd-best yardage day of his career, reeling in long catches of 47 and 44 yards...Hauled in 37-yarder at Chicago (9/15)...Caught 2 passes for 54 yards with a team-long 31 yarder at Green Bay (11/24).

2012 Saw time in 12 games with 10 starts and started the Wild Card playoff game at Green Bay (1/5/13)...Hampered early in season with 3-game suspension to start the season and inactive for Week 6 game with injury...Rebounded to catch a pass in each of the final 10 games and Wild Card game...Had season-best 50 yards in 1st game he played as a Viking at Detroit (9/30)...Hauled in season-long 33-yard pass vs. Tampa Bay (10/25)...Caught season-high 4 passes in games at Detroit (9/30), at St. Louis (12/16) and at Houston (12/23)- all wins...Started 1st game as a Viking in his 1st game eligible to play, at Detroit (9/30).

2011 Saw time in all 16 regular season games with 14 starts and opened AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Houston...Played in 1st career post-season game in Wild Card...Hauled in career-highs in catches (50), receiving yards (725) and receiving TDs (4)...Had 3 games over the 100-yard mark, including a career-best 152-yard day at Baltimore (11/20)...Snared career-long 84-yard catch at Denver (9/18), en route to a 136-yard effort for the game...Caught a pass in 14 of the 16 regular season games and the playoff contest...Ranked 2nd among Bengals in receiving yards (725) and TDs (4)...Had a highlight for the ages vs. Arizona (12/24) when he somersaulted over LB Daryl Washington at the goal line and stuck the landing in the end zone for a 19-yard TD in the Bengals win...Converted 34 of his 50 receptions into 1st downs.

2010 Saw extensive time late in season, starting final 3 games of season after injuries sidelined Bengals top WRs Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco...Played in season opener and 1 more game early in season before being inactive for 10 games and dressed but did not play in another...Scored 3 TDs in final 2 games of season and had back-to-back 100+ yard games...Caught 1st 2 career TDs vs. San Diego (12/26/10), notching his 1st NFL score on a 10-yarder and snaring a 59-yarder later in the game en route to a 124-yard performance, his 1st career 100+ game...Posted career-best 12 catches at Baltimore (1/2/11), going for 123 yards...His 12-catch efffort fell just shy of the Bengals franchise record of 13 receptions in a game...Wrapped up season with an 11-yard score at Baltimore (1/2/11).

2009 Played in a pair of games late in the season...Saw time at San Diego (12/20) and at NY Jets (1/3/10) in regular season finale...Was inactive for other 14 games during season.

2008 Played in 6 games as a rookie...Notched 1st career start at Indianapolis (12/7)...Caught 1st career pass vs. Pittsburgh (10/19), reeling in a 2-yard pass and returned a kickoff for 8 yards on special teams...Inactive for 8 games on season and did not play in 2 others...Led club in receptions during preseason action...Was drafted in 2nd round (#46 overall).

COLLEGE Helped upstart Coastal Carolina program get on the map from 2004-07...Coastal played football for the 1st season in 2003...Enjoyed breakout junior season when he led the Big South Conference with 1,077 receiving yards and 16 TDs...Played with former Vikings draft pick QB Tyler Thigpen during Coastal Carolina career...Earned Big South Freshman of the Year in 2004...Excelled in track, setting Coastal Carolina school records in high jump and long jump....Ran on 4x100 relay that went to 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

PREP Was runner-up for North Carolina Mr. Football honors as a senior at Reidsville High...Selected to North Carolina Shrine Game...Led football team to consecutive state titles as a junior and senior...As a senior, set title-game record with 13 catches for 133 yards and threw a 62-yard TD pass...Keyed school to 1st-ever basketball state title as a senior where he earned MVP of the championship game...Ran on state-championship 4x400 relay team.

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