It may just be the twilight zone in Jacksonville this week. In a strange twist of fate, beleaguered former ex-Jaguar wideout Mike Sims-Walker will be rejoining the team this week after being released by the St. Louis Rams. Despite being as starved for help in the passing game as Jacksonville, St. Louis let the man known as “MSW” hit the open market after acquiring the late-blooming Brandon Lloyd to reunite with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who orchestrated Lloyd’s renaissance season last year in Denver. As the NFL receiving king with 1,448 yards and 11 TD’s, Lloyd excelled as a deep threat and circus-catch extraordinaire in 2010. Second-year Rams’ quarterback Sam Bradford’s lost his favorite target, slot receiver Danny Amendola, to season-ending injury early this year, leaving the Rams desperate for reliable targets and prompting them to make a move for Lloyd with Denver, who seemed extremely eager to move him. Sims-Walker was let go in the wake of the trade, having fallen far short of the expectations St. Louis had when they signed him in the 2011 offseason.
The Jaguars’ receivers have fallen far short of the expectations the front office had for them, as well, and after exhausting all other options, Sims-Walker was brought back today to hopefully serve as a semi-capable plugin who won’t have to learn the Jaguars’ offense. It won’t take much to look more impressive than the receivers currently taking the field in Jacksonville, who have put on a horrendous display of dropped passes, unfinished routes, and blanketing ineptitude.
The upside of this acquisition is that 1) hopefully MSW draws some motivation from all of this and makes the most of his second chance and 2) he becomes the biggest receiver on the Jacksonville roster (except for Kassim Osgood, who is rarely used at wideout and when so, is typically blocking). It really can’t get any worse, folks and now we can all bring back our staple Jaguar play and MSW speciality, THE SLANT ROUTE. That could help on third down or, in what seems to be a growing theme this year, can’t really hurt.
– Andrew Hofheimer