John Simon one of the Patriots unheralded ‘Boogeymen’

Andy Hart
October 22, 2019 - 3:09 pm

Outside linebacker John Simon may be the New England defender most worthy of “The Boogeymen” nickname.

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While so many of his teammates get plenty of attention thanks to their varied contributions to the Patriots’ ridiculously dominant defense, Simon goes about his business in the background while doing his job at a high level.

In Monday night’s 33-0 win in New York over the Jets, that job included a second-quarter strip-sack of Sam Darnold that Kyle Van Noy recovered to continue the early momentum on the way to another blowout victory.

For the season, Simon now has 18 tackles, three sacks, four QB hits, an interception, three passes defensed and a forced fumble.

Those are the types of varied numbers that Jamie Collins, Dont’a Hightower and Van Noy put up displaying their own versatile play, but Simon doesn’t seem to get quite the same amount of hype for his production.

One person who certainly notices the veteran – who arrived in New England as a free agent last Sept. 26 after being cut by the Colts – and his immense contributions to the Patriots’ defense is first-year outside linebackers coach DeMarcus Covington.

“I would say one guy that defines tough, smart, dependable, is John Simon,” Covington said in a Tuesday morning conference call. “He’s a guy where, you wish you had more guys like him because he’s so freaking smart, so tough, dependable. You hear other guys’ names throughout the week. You always hear Jamie or Hightower or Van Noy, but John Simon – he’s a guy who might not get the recognition, but in this building, he’s definitely one of our guys we lean on each week. He came up last night with a big play for us. Each week there is something he does for us whether it’s setting the edge, doing that job in the run game, coming up with a big strip-sack last night for us. All those things he does for our team are the definition of a player we want. We want smart, tough, dependable players."

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