Justin Simmons
Justin Simmons
27-Year-Old SafetyS
Denver Broncos
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Simmons would post monster IDP numbers in a number of other defenses, but the Vic Fangio version tends to stop ballcarriers short of the secondary, and Simmons is otherwise good enough in coverage that he deters targets more than he invites them. Those two factors work against Simmons' tackle upside, but it's offset somewhat by the fact that he almost never leaves the field (2,158 defensive snaps in the last two years) and poses a standout threat in coverage. Denver should have more leads on offense and better pressure on defense, which could put Simmons in more ballhawking situations. He's reliably produced about four interceptions per 1,080 defensive snaps through four years, and it wouldn't be surprising if one or two of his 15 passes defended from last year would have instead been interceptions in this upcoming defense, Denver's second under Fangio. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $11.44 million contract with the Broncos in July of 2020.
Team seeking long-term deal
SDenver Broncos
February 22, 2021
The Broncos intend to reach a long-term contract with Simmons before exploring the possibility of franchise tagging him for a second consecutive year, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
ANALYSIS
With the franchise tag window opening Tuesday and extending through March 9, new Broncos GM George Paton is faced with one of his first critical decisions. Simmons, who earned the first Pro-Bowl nod of his career while playing on the tag in 2019, is a homegrown player who has developed into one of the premier safety talents in the league. He's set to become an unrestricted free agent, but both sides have expressed interest in reaching an extension. The 27-year-old has composed three consecutive 90-plus tackle seasons, while his nine interceptions since the start of 2019 rank second to only Tyrann Mathieu among safeties. Matt Prater, Ryan Clady, Demaryius Thomas and Von Miller (ankle) all landed long-term extensions with the organization after receiving the franchise tag during John Elway's GM tenure. Paton will be directing personnel decisions this offseason, however.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Snap Counts
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Measurables Review
How do Justin Simmons' measurables compare to other safeties?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 2"
 
Weight
202 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.61 sec
 
Shuttle Time
3.85 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.58 sec
 
Vertical Jump
40.0 in
 
Broad Jump
126 in
 
Bench Press
16 reps
 
Hand Length
9.68 in
 
Arm Length
32.67 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
Simmons could emerge as one of the league's best safeties, now playing on a defense that figures to improve with the arrival of coach Vic Fangio. Simmons was already good on a Vance Joseph defense, but heading into his third year as starter he could leap to the next level. Simmons produced around 95 tackles per 1,000 snaps the last two years, and there's untapped interception potential, especially if Fangio brings out more from the Denver pass rush. Simmons is a tall safety with great quickness and leaping ability, so jumping routes should suit his nature.
Simmons is quietly on the verge of establishing himself as one of the league's standout safeties, and his injury-shortened season last year could make him overlooked as an IDP. There's not much exciting about 69 tackles in 13 games at a glance, but Simmons could approach 1,000 snaps this year, and if you prorate last year's per-snap production over that many plays you get a projection above 90 tackles. Heading into his third season and presumably with fewer special teams responsibilities than in the past, Simmons is a prime candidate to reach the next level.
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Sets career mark in picks
SDenver Broncos
January 17, 2021
Simmons finished the 2020 season with 96 tackles, three tackles for loss, five interceptions, nine passes defensed and a fumble recovery.
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Nabs fifth pick
SDenver Broncos
January 4, 2021
Simmons totaled three tackles, two passes defensed and an interception during Sunday's 32-31 loss to Las Vegas.
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Seven tackles Sunday
SDenver Broncos
December 15, 2020
Simmons recorded seven tackles across 67 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Panthers.
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Sure tackling continues
SDenver Broncos
December 9, 2020
Simmons finished with eight tackles (five solo) and a tackle for loss in Sunday's 22-16 loss to Kansas City.
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Saves the day against Miami
SDenver Broncos
November 24, 2020
Simmons recorded seven tackles, two passes defensed and an interception during Sunday's 20-13 win over Miami.
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