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Isaiah Simmons wants to practice as a leader this season

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Cardinals Linebacker Isaiah Simmons has spent the past two years feeling comfortable in the NFL and he plans to expand his role in his third season.

This expansion isn’t just another twist in the multi-faceted role that made Simmons a star at Clemson. It’s a move from being one of the guys to being in a leadership position.

“I absolutely want practice as a leader because that’s who I’ve always been,” Simmons said, via KPNX’s Luke Lyddon. “I don’t really have a problem saying anything to anybody because at the end of the day, I’m not trying to be anybody’s friend. We are all trying to reach the Lombardi trophy.

While Simmons sees being a leader as a way to help the whole team, Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury also believes taking on more responsibility as a leader will benefit him as an individual. Kingsbury said that “to become what he wants to be, which is the All-Pro, Pro-Bowl type player, I think leadership is the next step for him” because it requires him to have a full understanding of what the defense is doing. with each click.

If Simmons masters that this year, good things should come for him and the defense as a whole.