Is Mike Sims-Walker a League #1?

Over the course of this season, I have been musing over whether or not I believe Mike Sims-Walker to truly be an NFL number one level receiver.  Occasionally, like in weeks one and four, he is completely invisible.  An absolute non-factor.  But in other weeks, like in weeks eight and two, he can post over 100 yards and look utterly dominant against any back covering him.  And while he is quietly accumulating yards (418 thus far), his number two counterpart, Mike Thomas, is amassing 536 yards and oozing explosiveness every time he touche the ball.  Not to mention that Marcedes Lewis is outright dominating his matchups and gliding through opposing defenses as though they are nearly non-existant (Lewis has 379 yards thus far).

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While David Garrard has obviously been spreading the ball around (All of them have over 30 receptions), MSW appears to be the odd man out.  Sure, he only has 9 catches less than Mike Thomas (Thomas has 41); sure, his average of 13.1 is the same as Mike Thomas’s (implying that if he got more balls he could do as much damage as Thomas).  But, how does it feel when he’s on the field.  Is he drawing attention?  Is he appearing dominant?  Is he always open and David just doesn’t find him?  Has he become David’s go-to guy like last year?

These are all important questions.

The commentators on Sunday mentioned MSW as Garrard’s go-to guy before the game started and quickly flashed his stats.  When they said that, despite being alone in my room (I was watching the game on Monday via NFL Rewind), I said “No he isn’t, do these guys even know Marcedes Lewis or heard of Mike Thomas?”  But, while not a go-to guy, I believe that MSW is, in fact, a true number one receiver.  Sure, he doesn’t get the attention that people like Randy Moss, Chad Ochocinco, Andre Johnson, or Terrell Owens get, but who are the other receivers on those teams?  How many receptions, proportionally, do they have?  Ochocinco and TO balance each other out.  Moss is replacing Kenny Britt who has been stellar.  But the number twos on those teams and their TEs aren’t thriving like Mike Thomas and Marcedes Lewis.

For example, Owen Daniels (TE, Houston Texans) has a mere 16 receptions when compared to Lewis’ 30.  In fact, combining Joel Dreesen (TE #2, and fumble man from last week) and Owen Daniels’ reception totals you only get 31.  And the Texans are a passing team!  The Bengals, out of this group, have done the best job spreading the ball around.  Ochocinco and Owens both have 47 receptions and their tight end has 40.  Granted, the TE average is a mere 7 yards to Lewis’ 12.6.  But, only the competitive nature of Owens and Ochocinco keeps them battling to get more balls than the other rather than letting one of them dominate.  Moss is the most similar to MSW.  Holding a mere 23 receptions this year, Moss has always allowed other players to succeed in the offense by being a deep threat that the defense must notice.  He always has the potential to be open and averages very high numbers (14.7 yards this year).  MSW, likewise, is always a deep threat.  The defense knows that he can break it open.  He has the potential to score when targeted by Garrard.  For this reason, I believe that MSW is, indeed, fulfilling his role as the number one receiver of this team.

What do you think?

Is Mike Sims-Walker a True Number One Receiver?

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- Luke N. Sims

Tags: Andre Johnson Chad Ochocinco Cincinnati Bengals David Garrard Jacksonville Jaguars Joel Dreesen Marcedes Lewis Mike Sims-walker Mike Thomas Owen Daniels Randy Moss Terrell Owens

  • Rhett

    MSW is a #1, all im gunna say , because I wrote like a page and a half, lol, and i put in wront CAPTCHA code, and im not retyping all of that……..

    • jagsoldier

      He is and if people havent noticed, this offense is becoming more and more explosive as the season goes by. Look for MSW, M80, and Lewis to have an even bigger jump in their stats as the games go by.

    • Luke

      That’s what control (or apple) C is for! I hate losing all that stuff and then having to go back. It’s definitely one of the most defeating moments of a day!

  • zoltanfrombudapest

    First of all- Luke you’re doing a heckuva job in the last few days! Thanks you for that!

    Seecond- really good summary about MSW and teh receivers. I agree he has potential to be a X receiver (Nr. 1) but sometimes he is vanishing. Sometimes he drops passes Mike Thomas (who I think the real Nr. 1 WR threat of this team is right now) not. And he has shown a little portion of a bad attitude(espcially this year). He must develop to become a true Nr. 1.

  • Jimmicane

    MSW is good but he is not a true #1. Jeff Lagerman explained it best on last week’s JTW radio show. It’s worth a listen for just that one piece of analysis.

    Basically what he explains is, MSW is not a great route runner and you’ll see he struggles to get separation when he’s played in man coverage. However, he is amazing at drifting through holes in zone coverages.

    Sims-Walker needs to get sharper in and out of his breaks and show he can consistently beat man coverage before he’s classified as a true #1. Not sure if that’s something he can learn or not at this point but Lagerman says to check out what type of defense a team plays to forecast who will have a better day between him and Mike Thomas (who is better in man coverage situations).