Jeffery Simmons quickly makes an impact
Tennessee’s first-round draft pick Jeffery Simmons proved that he worth the wait. In his first outing of the season, Simmons recorded his first career sack, four tackles and one stuff in the backfield.
The Titans drafted Simmons No. 19 overall out of Mississippi State in the 2019 NFL Draft, but due to a torn ACL back in February, he was forced to spend the first six weeks of the season rehabbing his knee.
He was a force in his three seasons with the Mississippi State Bulldogs. In three seasons in the SEC West, Simmons recorded 163 total tackles, seven sacks, 33 tackles for a loss and five forced fumbles.
Simmons’ first career sack came in the Chargers’ first possession in the third quarter. His great play in his very first NFL game didn’t go unnoticed by his teammates.
“I told him to let it rip, and he did his thing today. He had a hell of a game,” said Tennessee defensive lineman Jurrell Casey, per Jim Wyatt of Titans Online.
Simmons has a great opportunity to continue to show his defensive force on the defense this week against Tampa Bay. The Buccaneer offensive line has had its own struggles this season, allowing quarterback Jameis Winston to be sacked 25 times so far.
That gives Simmons a great chance to wreak havoc on Winston all game long on Sunday.