Bryan Walters will no longer be suiting up for the Jacksonville Jaguars following being cut from the team during OTA’s.
After being put on injured reserve last week, it was clear that the future was not certain for wide receiver Bryan Walters and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Being placed on injured reserve did not sit well with Walters who told the Florida Times-Union:
"I was blown away by it. I feel I have a Iot to offer this team. I couldn’t do anything about this, it’s out of my control. This all happened because of a fluke injury and they need bodies to practice. It’s not like I’m out there dropping passes or came in out of shape."
The move is a reflection of roster strength. Walters was a solid contributor on special teams, acting as a punt returner last season and, occasionally, as a kick returner. With Rashad Greene and Dede Westbrook on the team, Walters’ value as a special teams player plummeted.
Similarly, the potential that Westbrook offers as a receiver and the potential growth for Greene make Walters more expendable at this stage. Westbrook is a former Biletnikoff Award winner – given to the best receiver in college football – and may still struggle to find reps behind Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns, and Allen Robinson.
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What Walters offered the Jaguars was reliability. In a season plagued by drops and misfires, Walters easily led the Jags receiving corps with a catch rate of 70.6 percent in 2016 and an impressive 71.1 percent in 2015.
Walters also had the required grit to perform well through tough hits. He was constantly bouncing back up after being leveled by the defense and then immediately getting ready for the next play. His hard work and determination shone through on a team with few wins. In my personal opinion, it was great to watch Walters play. He was a professional and simply wouldn’t give up.
But that must not be good enough for the Jaguars. Now it’s time to see what other players can do for the team. Walters finishes his time with the Jaguars after two seasons with 56 receptions, 599 yards, and three touchdowns. He averaged 28.5 yards per game.