“The kid’s a player, he just needs to put it all together and hopefully he can stay healthy and it’ll be a fantastic year for him.”
At a fluid 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds with physicality and an ornery disposition, Simon fits the Seattle cornerback mold under Pete Carroll. His potential is one of the reasons the Seahawks believe this year’s version of the famed Legion of Boom secondary could be the deepest and most flexible yet.
“Physically (Simon is) the best he’s been since we’ve had him,” Carroll said this week. “It kind of shows up, he had two huge plays today. We’re just going to let a lot of time go by, we’ll get a lot of snaps and see how it plays out. It’s really good to have that kind of depth, that kind of competition going on at that spot.”
The Seahawks can thank their nucleus of talented, smart and proud veterans for their status as annual NFC superpowers. If they’re going to fulfill this year’s Super Bowl expectations, though, they’re going to need promising breakout candidates such as Simon, Frank Clark, Tyler Lockett and Thomas Rawls to realize their potential.
Former Browns and Titans castoff Terrance West isn’t just pushing for a roster spot in Baltimore. He’s building a strong case to surpass Justin Forsett and Javorius Allen as the Ravens’ top running back.
Through a week of training camp, the Baltimore Sun lauded the slimmed-down West as the team’s “most explosive offensive player.” ESPN.com’s Jamison Hensley followed suit on Thursday, noting that West has been the offense’s “No. 1 playmaker.”
West developed a reputation as a headcase in Cleveland after the Browns traded ahead of the hometown Ravens to select the FCS record-setting Towson standout in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Traded to Tennessee for a seventh-round pick early last September, the mistake-prone West lasted just two games with the Titans before he was summarily waived in mid-November. Landing on his feet in Baltimore, he rushed for 180 yards on 46 late-season carries.