IDP Analysis: Simmons' Arrival

IDP Analysis: Simmons' Arrival

This article is part of our IDP Analysis series.

RISING

Isaiah Simmons, LB, ARI

Jordan Hicks remains locked in a three-down role, but it seems like Simmons might have passed De'Vondre Campbell on the depth chart for what's a roughly two-down role in the Arizona defense. Simmons played great as his workload escalated in recent weeks, which could make him a candidate for more inside linebacker snaps yet after producing 16 tackles (14 solo), one sack and one interception on his last 114 snaps. There's a way for Simmons to make a big IDP impact going forward even if he doesn't increase his share of inside linebacker snaps, though, because he can also earn snaps at defensive end, safety or cornerback – he played 44 such snaps over the last four weeks, according to PFF. Simmons is comically huge and fast and he's already made some of the most impressive defensive plays of the 2020 season – there's so much upside here if the snaps keep trending upward.

  

Kenny Clark, (3-4) DT, GB

Clark is rounding back into form following a Week 1 groin injury that knocked him out for the first month of the year and perhaps affected him somewhat afterward. Clark returned in Week 6 but only regained his full customary workload beginning in Week 10, from which point he played 121 snaps and totaled 11 tackles and a sack in the next two weeks. Prior to this year Clark showed a 60-tackle, six-sack sort of baseline over a 16-game sample, and as long

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