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John Simon | Linebacker | #51

Team: Indianapolis Colts
Age / DOB:  (27) / 10/14/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 250
College: Ohio State
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 4 (129) / BAL
Contract: view contract details

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Colts DE John Simon has "hardly seen any starting reps" at minicamp.
Simon has struggled with his move to end this offseason. He doesn't look like a fit in the Colts' 4-3 scheme and isn't a lock for the final roster. Indy can save $3.3 million from cutting Simon. Jun 16 - 10:06 AM

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The Indy Star's Stephen Holder does not think DE John Simon is a lock for the final roster.

An outside linebacker his entire career, Simon is transitioning to defensive end in the Colts' new scheme. Holder writes the team is "saying the right things" about the move, but Simon has not looked the part in the practices open to the media. Perhaps a trade is the best option for both sides.
May 31 - 11:21 AM

The Colts are moving OLB John Simon to defensive end.

This was expected with Indy running a 4-3 scheme. Simon is coming off one of his better seasons, posting three sacks in nine games before getting shut down with a shoulder injury. Jabaal Sheard and Tarell Basham are also moving to end.
Apr 20 - 7:04 PM

Colts placed OLB John Simon on injured reserve with a right shoulder injury, ending his season.

Simon missed three games earlier this season with a neck stinger. He injured his shoulder in Sunday's loss to the Jaguars. Simon was having one of his better campaigns before going down, notching three sacks in nine games. He's due $3.5 million between salary and bonuses next season, and will likely be back with the Colts.
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 05:11:00 PM

Colts OLB John Simon (neck) is expected to return Week 12.

Simon has been out since suffering a "stinger" in Week 7. He had three sacks in seven games before the injury. His return will be a boost for the pass rush.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Nov 20, 2017 01:04:00 PM

Colts OLB John Simon is week to week with a stinger.

"He'll miss some time," were coach Chuck Pagano's words on Monday. Simon has been one of the Colts' best defensive players this season, so his loss will be felt in addition to playmaking FS Malik Hooker's (ACL, MCL).
Mon, Oct 23, 2017 04:39:00 PM

Colts signed OLB John Simon, formerly of the Texans, to a three-year, $13.5 million contract.

Unlike ex-GM Ryan Grigson, new shot-caller Chris Ballard is taking an economical approach to free agency. He took a flier on Barkevious Mingo and now adds Simon, a player many around the Texans believe is on the rise. Simon is short at 6'1/260, but he's stout against the run and flashed pass-rush juice with 26 hurries on 516 snaps last season. We'll see if he can do it without guys like Jadeveon Clowney, J.J. Watt, and Whitney Mercilus getting all the attention. Simon figures to be a direct replacement for free agent Erik Walden.
Fri, Mar 10, 2017 09:10:00 AM

Texans OLB John Simon (chest) is out for Saturday's Wild Card game against the Raiders.

Simon returned from a four-game absence in Week 16 but lasted only 28 snaps before aggravating his chest injury. He missed last week's regular season finale and will sit again Saturday. Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus will continue to operate as the Texans' top outside linebackers.
Thu, Jan 5, 2017 02:46:00 PM

Texans ruled out OLB John Simon (chest) for Week 12 against the Chargers.

Simon suffered a chest injury Monday night against the Raiders. Jadeveon Clowney could see more snaps at outside linebacker with Simon out, but ILB Akeem Dent will likely get the majority of the snaps.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 09:37:00 AM

Texans re-signed restricted free agent OLB John Simon to a one-year, $1.671 million contract.

It's the value of the original-pick tender. Simon is a try-hard special teamer and sub-package edge defender who excels against the run.
Wed, Apr 6, 2016 02:16:00 PM

Texans extended restricted free agent OLB John Simon an original-pick tender.

A 2013 fourth-round pick of the Ravens, Simon made an impact as a rotational outside 'backer in Houston last year, emerging as one of the team's top run defenders. He may have a future in a Jarret Johnson-type edge-setting role.
Tue, Mar 8, 2016 11:01:00 PM

Texans signed OLB John Simon off the Ravens practice squad.

Simon reunites with Mike Vrabel, who coached him at Ohio State. The tweener type will likely contribute on special teams if active for Thursday's game against the Colts.
Tue, Oct 7, 2014 09:16:00 AM

Ravens waived OLB John Simon.

The No. 129 overall pick, Simon was active for just seven games as a rookie, playing all of three snaps on defense. At 6-foot-1, 252 pounds, he's an NFL tweener. He'll search for practice-squad work.
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 02:05:00 PM

Ravens signed fourth-round OLB John Simon to a four-year contract.

Simon, a defensive end at Ohio State, will make the transition to stand-up edge rusher with the Ravens. He's already drawn comparisons to ex-Raven Jarret Johnson, but expect him to focus on special teams as a rookie.
Tue, May 21, 2013 12:17:00 PM

Ravens fourth-round pick John Simon is projected as an outside rush linebacker in Baltimore.

Simon played with his hand in the dirt at defensive end in college, but he is already drawing comparisons to ex-Raven Jarret Johnson. The only knock on Simon (6-foot-1, 257) is his size, but he'll have a similarly short edge rusher in Elvis Dumervil (5-foot-11, 248) to learn from with the Ravens.
Sun, Apr 28, 2013 12:14:00 PM

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DE1Jabaal Sheard
2Tarell Basham
3Kemoko Turay
4Tyquan Lewis
5John Simon
DT1Al Woods
2Denico Autry
3Hassan Ridgeway
4Margus Hunt
5Rakeem Nunez-Roches
MLB1Anthony Walker
2Skai Moore
3Tyrell Adams
WLB1Darius Leonard
2Najee Goode
3Jeremiah George
SLB1Antonio Morrison
2Matthew Adams
3Zaire Franklin
CB1Quincy Wilson
2Kenny Moore
3Nate Hairston
4Pierre Desir
5D.J. White
FS1Malik Hooker
2Channing Stribling
SS1Matthias Farley
2Clayton Geathers
3Ronald Martin
P1Rigoberto Sanchez