The Arizona Cardinals need their 2020 first round pick to take the next step in 2021.
Isaiah Simmons had a fine first season, but was left learning more than playing. Much of that was the fact he had to come in during a pandemic and getting literally zero offseason work.
He had to learn on the fly and it showed.
Simmons played a paltry 376 snaps on defense, only 34% of the defensive snaps.
The expectation is he’ll basically triple those numbers in 2021 and become an everydown player.
That growth in snaps should also mean a growth in on field production, which is why Pro Football Focus believes Simmons could breakout in year two.
LB ISAIAH SIMMONS, ARIZONA CARDINALS
There were always going to be growing pains when it came to Isaiah Simmons’ transition to the NFL, and that was apparent in 2020. He was labeled a Swiss Army knife coming out of college after playing over 100 snaps on the defensive line, in the box and as a defensive back. That transition to the NFL was tough for Simmons, though, as is evident in his lackluster 59.9 PFF grade.
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