Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/1/12
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Eight weeks into the season, and four games into his tenure with the Minnesota Vikings, this year hasn't gone the way receiver Jerome Simpson or Minnesota might have planned when the two came to terms on a one-year contract this offseason. Simpson, dealing with a legal issue related to controlled substances, was the troubled, but talented receiver looking for a new team after the Cincinnati Bengals chose not to re-sign him. The Vikings had the need for an explosive, athletic playmaker at receiver to take the pressure off receiver Percy Harvin, running back Adrian Peterson and contribute to the growth of second-year quarterback Christian Ponder. Halfway through this season, Simpson has had little impact in four games, catching seven passes for 95 yards. He has added several more yards while getting pass interference penalties on defenders. But this was not the dynamic presence anyone with the Vikings thought they'd see when Simpson was a breath of fresh air i...
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