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The Vikings And Dropped Passes: Good And Bad

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Jerome Simpson obviously held on to this ball, but is his 2011 drop total reason for concern? (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Jerome Simpson obviously held on to this ball, but is his 2011 drop total reason for concern? (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Minnesota-based Associated Press writer Dave Campbell tweeted a couple of interesting stats concerning the Minnesota Vikings and the number of passes their wide receivers dropped in 2011. Some of it is good news, and some of it. . .well, not so much.

The good news is this:

Then again, as many folks on Twitter have already pointed out, it is really hard to drop a bounce pass in the National Football League. But the Vikings do have that going for them. . .which is nice.

The bad news, according to Campbell and STATS NFL, is that the Vikings' new would-be #1 receiver was one of the worst offenders in the league last year when it came to dropping passes. Jerome Simpson had eight drops in 2011, which places him in the top ten in the league in that category. Atlanta's Roddy White led the league in that category with 14 drops, but I'm guessing he was targeted a lot more than Simpson was in Cincinnati last season.

Simpson might have the ability to add a long-missing dimension to the Minnesota offense, but it appears that all that excitement could come with a price.