Jaguars add Marcus Simms to the mix at wide receiver
By David Levin
The Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver room got a bit more crowded on Thursday. The team has signed rookie free agent Marcus Simms.
The signing of Marcus Simms may not make the Jacksonville Jaguars wide receivers an elite group by NFL standards, but it does make things a bit more interesting on the field during training camp. The West Virginia player could be a surprise to make the final 53-man roster and should also boost the team return game.
"Per Jaguars.com, “Simms (6-feet-0, 195 pounds) caught 46 passes for 699 yards and two touchdowns in 2018, leading the Mountaineers with six punt returns for 58 yards and 10 kickoff returns for 176 yards. He played 33 games at West Virginia, catching 87 passes for 1,457 yards and eight touchdowns.”"
He is also another player added to a unit that underachieved last season.
Simms was eligible for the Supplemental Draft on Wednesday but wasn’t selected. He signed with the Jaguars after receiving interest from other teams. In a corresponding move, the Jaguars released rookie free agent wide receiver, Dredrick Snelson.
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"Per Tony Pauline of draftanalyst.com, when Simms worked out at his Pro Day event at the University of Maryland he ran the 40-yard dash three times, posting times of 4.49, 4.45 and 4.40 seconds."
He also becomes the third wide receiver the Jaguars have added to their roster this offseason. Chris Conley was signed in free agency from Kansas City, as well as Terrelle Pryor who played for both the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets last season.
Jacksonville comes into the season with plenty of questions at the position, arguably one of the weakest units on the team in 2018. Marqise Lee is still recovering from an ACL injury he suffered in the last preseason game last year. He is expected to be on the field sometime during training camp, as head coach Doug Marrone told the media on the final day of minicamp last month.
Dede Westbrook led the team with 66 catches last season and is already penciled in as one of the starters. After that, there is plenty of competition to choose from.
Conley looked good in both OTAs and minicamp. DJ Chark looks more fluid in the passing game. He should play a bigger role in the passing game. Pryor adds another veteran set of hands, but also has good size and is a big target. Keelan Cole hopes to bounce back from a down year where a lack of consistency was his main issue on the field.