Jeffery Simmons is going to be a major asset for the Tennessee Titans.
Simmons, who was selected by the Titans with the No. 19 overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, is recovering from a torn ACL that he suffered in February. The injury, along with some off-the-field concerns, caused Simmons, a likely top ten talent, to fall in the draft.
The Titans saw a lot of value in selecting the dynamic defensive lineman in the first round and chose to play the long game.
On Wednesday, Simmons spoke to reporters and gave an update on his ACL recovery and his timeline for a return.
Simmons mentioned that he’s ok with not playing this year, telling reporters that he didn’t want to rush his return to the field.
— AtoZSports Nashville (@AtoZSports) June 11, 2019
This seems like the correct approach by Simmons. It doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to get back on the field, it just means he’s being smart in his recovery.
Simmons could push his recovery and return in late October/early November, only to suffer a setback that could severely affect the rest of his career. There’s no point in Simmons risking his longterm future just to play a couple of games late in the season.
The maturity that Simmons is showing while recovering from his injury should be encouraging to Titans fans. It’s clear he’s a motivated player who badly wants to help the team. But he also knows it won’t happen overnight.
Recovering on his own timeline and the team’s timeline is absolutely the right mindset to have.
Because no one else’s timeline matters.
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