Justin Simmons, S
Nobody wants to see Justin Simmons in positions like he was on Sunday against the Seahawks, missing tackles and giving up big plays.
If not for Simmons’ incredible leaping interception off of Russell Wilson, he might have been the player with the most to work on heading into week two.
Simmons was targeted in coverage more than any Broncos defender, whether he was the last line of defense or covering Seattle’s offensive weapons one-on-one. There was a clear miscommunication or bad read that happened on Tyler Lockett’s 51-yard touchdown play, and the third-year safety allowed 38 yards after the catch on four receptions.
Simmons faced nine targets in coverage and while he allowed just four of those passes to be caught, the big play he allowed to Tyler Lockett cannot happen again.
In addition to the big play allowed in coverage, Simmons had two missed tackles in this game. He didn’t miss a tackle his entire rookie season and is known for his sure tackling abilities.
Something was off in this game for Simmons but he made up for his errors with a huge interception. If he can limit the big plays not only will he look better, but Denver’s defense will get a major boost.