Simmons recorded four tackles (three solo), a pass defensed and an interception across 57 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Seahawks.
Simmons showed his athleticism as he jumped high in the air to secure an interception late in the third quarter. The safety only recorded two interceptions all of last season, a threshold he'll look to pass this season.
Simmons (ankle) is participating in team drills during training camp, Ryan O'Halloran of the Denver Post reports.
Simmons spent the final three games of the 2017 season on injured reserve with an ankle injury, so it's good to see him back on the field. The third-year third-rounder is expected to serve as the starting strong safety in 2017, and the lack of hype surrounding him is making Simmons an attractive sleeper pick in IDP circles.
Simmons recorded 49 solo tackles, 19 assisted tackles, a sack, five passes defended, two interceptions, and a touchdown in 2017.
The Broncos were criticized for rolling with the second-year Boston College product in 2017 after cutting savvy veteran T.J. Ward. The team ended up being proven right. While Ward was spotty in Tampa Bay, Simmons showed great range in the back end, saving the day in the waning moments of Week 4's win over Oakland with a game-sealing interception. He ended the season on injured reserve with a silly ankle injury that was the result of a celebration, but figures to be a cornerstone in Denver's retooled defense in 2018.
Simmons suffered a left high-ankle sprain in Sunday's win over the Jets, and although the injury was initially believed to be minor, it will cost him the final three games of the season. The 24-year-old finishes his second NFL campaign with 68 tackles (49 solo), a sack and two interceptions in 13 games. Will Parks will likely serve as Simmons' primary replacement at strong safety the rest of the way.
Simmons is considered day-to-day with a "mild" high-ankle sprain, Nick Kosmider of The Denver Post reports.
Simmons, who went down during Sunday's victory over the Jets, was listed as a non-participant on Monday's injury report, per Zac Stevens of BSN Denver. He seems unlikely to be ready in time for Thursday's game against the Colts, but he still has Tuesday and Wednesday to return to the fold.
|8||10/28/18||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|11||11/18/18||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|13||12/2/18||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ SF||4:05 pm|
|16||12/24/18||@ OAK||8:15 pm|