Sims-Walker Poised for a Big Year
Jaguars wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker is ready to take the next step toward elite wide receiver status and he thanks former Jaguar wideout Torry Holt for helping.
"Torry helped us a lot," Sims-Walker said. "He showed us how to be professionals and I'm ready to be the leader, the number one."
Sims-Walker has flashed tons of potential ever since his first mini-camp with the team, but injuries derailed his first two seasons. Last year he broke out by catching 63 passes for 869 yards and seven touchdowns.
"I just want to keep getting better and I feel that I can be as good as guys like Brandon Marshall and Larry Fitzgerald."
Early Results from Hart Look Promising
When the Jaguars selected DE/OLB Larry Hart with their first of two fifth-round picks many Jaguars fans uttered the word, "who?" That's nothing new for Hart as the undersized 6'0", 248 lb. end has been overlooked for much of his football career.
"I wasn't really recruited that much because most of the big schools thought I was too short," Hart said when asked about his road to the pros which included stops at Holmes Community College and finally the University of Central Arkansas.
Jaguars defensive line coach Joe Cullen said that Hart was one the five best pass rushers in this draft and the entire Jaguars organization was very high on their latest "designated pass rusher" project.
"The Jaguars made me feel wanted and they 'recruited' me pretty hard," Hart said.
Hart is very explosive off the ball and should be a factor on passing downs.
Jaguars Shopping Nelson
Former first-round pick Reggie Nelson has been actively shopped by the Jaguars since the beginning of the draft, but there has been no takers up to this point. Nelson has shown poor instincts, poor tackling ability and a lack of heart since being selected by Jacksonville. Although Nelson has a low salary number this season ($745,000), his attitude may not let the team retain him much further.
When the Jaguars didn't select a quarterback in the draft for the seventh consecutive season, it seemed clear to most that the team would be rolling into the regular season with David Garrard as the starter. Following one mini-camp, that's not quite as certain as Luke McCown showed more accuracy, a strong arm and he makes nearly $6 million less.
Before you say it's impossible, just rewind back to 2007.
Looking for Veterans
The Jaguars tried their best to recruit free agent safety Darren Sharper before he eventually re-signed with New Orleans, and that certainly signals that the team is not fine with what they have at the safety position. If the season were to begin today, the likely starters would be Gerald Alexander and Anthony Smith, both largely unproven journeymen. With head coach Jack Del Rio clearly on the hot seat, he will try and get some veteran help at the position. Some of the best options currently available are the Rams O.J. Atogwe and free agent Gibril Wilson.
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