As the Indianapolis Colts transition to a 4-3 Defense this offseason, John Simon‘s roster spot could be in jeopardy.
According to Stephen Holder of The Indianapolis Star, Simon’s transition from outside linebacker to defensive end has been less than stellar so far. While this is to be expected as the team gets used to its new defensive scheme, he will have to improve if he wants to make the Colts roster, let alone play substantial snaps.
Last season, Simon was a key contributor for the Colts as an outside linebacker before injuring his right shoulder.
In nine games, he had 27 tackles, three sacks, and an interception. He was one of the few consistent players on the defensive side of the ball in 2017.
However, the change in scheme may mean that he does not make the roster for Week 1.
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Simon, who is naturally an outside linebacker, will have to compete with the likes of Jabaal Sheard, Denico Autry, Kemoko Turay, Tyquan Lewis, Tarell Basham, and Chris McCain in training camp. Sheard and Autry are likely the favorites to start heading into training camp.
Behind them, the two rookies Turay and Lewis are essentially locks to make the roster, and should compete for snaps. This leaves Simon as at best, the 5th most important defensive end on the roster.
If that is how training camp plays out, Simon would be competing with primarily Basham and McCain for one or two spots on the roster. Basham will likely make the roster considering he was a third round pick last year.
If Simon is not going to play many snaps, the Colts should consider trading him. But, his versatility makes him a valuable player considering the amount of injuries that occur during an NFL season.