Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Bryan Walters may not be a superstar, but he is a quality pass-catcher, making his re-signing an important move for the Jags.
Over the last two seasons, Bryan Walters has just four starts to his name for the Jacksonville Jaguars and only appeared in 21 games. But in those games, Walters has contributed 56 receptions for 599 yards, and three touchdowns.
Those numbers, much like Walters’ play, don’t jump off the page. What does jump off the page is Walters’ catch rate, which was 70.6 percent in 2016 and 71.1 percent in 2015. Those are the best catch rates for the Jaguars over the last two seasons among tight ends and wide receivers with at least 25 targets.
Sure hands are hard to find and Walters makes tough catches consistently. Yet it’s a skill that is often overlooked. So, while the rest of the NFL world waits on A.J. Bouye and Calais Campbell news, Walters’ re-signing goes mostly unnoticed.
Yet, it should be heralded. This, like the re-signing of Patrick Omameh before him, is a solid move by the Jaguars.
When a player can do this:
consistently, you know he’s worth keeping around. Walters has made those contested, tough grabs on a regular basis, making his high catch rate even more impressive. Walters can also take a beating and bounce right back up.
There are better wide receivers on the Jags roster. They are faster, more explosive, and more dangerous. But there’s something about Walters that is simply appealing. He has that Tom Coughlin toughness and is ready to come to work every day and deliver when the team needs him most on Sundays.