Young WR's Made Sims-Walker Signing Necessary

The Jaguars showed how desperate they are for help at the wide receiver position Tuesday when they agreed to terms with Mike Sims-Walker, who was cut by the Rams.



The Jaguars made no attempt to sign Sims-Walker in the offseason after he caught 43 passes compared to 63 in 2009.

The rap on Sims-Walker was that he dropped passes, couldn't beat press coverage at the line of scrimmage and complained about not getting enough balls even when the team won.

It didn't help that he missed curfew before a game in Seattle in 2010 and was inactive, a game the team lost 41-0.

Jacksonville's poor assessment of Sims-Walker seemed to be vindicated when he dropped some passes with the Rams and was cut.

But the Jaguars are desperate for receivers, and Sims-Walker knows the system, so they are going to give him another chance.

They put Jason Hill into the starting lineup to replace Sims-Walker, and Hill has only 14 catches. The team's only productive receiver has been Mike Thomas, who has 27 catches.

The signing of Sims-Walker was one of a flurry of moves the team made.

The Jaguars put defensive end Austen Lane (shoulder), cornerback Rod Issac (hamstring) and tight end Zach Miller (shoulder) on injured reserve.

They brought up rookie cornerback T.J. Heath from the practice squad and signed tight end Martin Rucker from the Dallas practice squad besides signing Sims-Walker.

The Jaguars were off Wednesday but resume practice Thursday for the Monday night game against Baltimore. Sims-Walker will start practicing with the team Thursday.

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