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New Patriots DE John Simon discusses joining new team, how he might fit

Ryan Hannable
September 28, 2018 - 10:54 am

FOXBORO -- There was a new face in the Patriots locker room this week as the team signed free agent outside linebacker/defensive end John Simon on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old has played for three teams over the course of his NFL career, including three years with the Texans. Simon feels this will help him with picking up the Patriots' system.

“In Houston with [Mike] Vrabel, Romeo Crennel, a lot of those guys were here before, so I kind of know the culture, and that’s helped me out a little bit,” Simon said.

He added: “It’s similar to some of the same things I’ve done in the past in a 3-4 scheme in Houston. A lot of similarities with some former Patriot guys there, so that’s definitely a plus in helping me catch up a little bit.” 

Simon was released by the Colts at the end of training camp, which came after he had three tackles, 1.5 sacks, and two QB hits in nine defensive snaps during the first preseason game this year. It may have been because the Colts are employing a 4-3 defense this year and he just didn't fit.

He said it doesn't really matter if he plays in a 3-4 or a 4-3 defense, and he's just looking forward to contributing with his new team.

“I think football is football,” Simon said. “Players know how to make plays and guys who know how to get to the ball usually end up at the ball. It could have been a scheme fit thing. It’s their decision to make. It’s nothing I can dwell on. I’m looking forward to the Dolphins this week.” 

While Simon was added when Ja'Whaun Bentley was placed on injured reserve, he may be looked at as an upgrade over defensive ends Keionta Davis/Derek Rivers.

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