AFC East: Mike Sims-Walker

Sims-Walker to Dolphins not a great idea

March, 26, 2011
Brandon Marshall and Mike Sims-Walker ran pass routes together at Central Florida. Now they're pushing a little Twitter movement to reunite with the Miami Dolphins.

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Matthew Emmons/US PresswireJacksonville's Mike Sims-Walker, 11, is a big receiver with skills similar to Miami's Brandon Marshall.
That might sound appealing to Dolfans, who crave a more dynamic offense than the deficient version they watched last year.

But Sims-Walker is not the way to do it. He certainly would upgrade most rosters, but not enough in Miami to warrant whatever he'll cost.

NFL buddies like to conjure scenarios during the offseason. The emergence of Twitter takes daydreaming public.

Sims-Walker tweeted in response to Marshall: "I'm trying to pull a lebron *hint*"

Marshall came back with: "I'm D-Wade and @MikeSimsWalker is Lebron."

Sims-Walker retweeted with the hash tag #makeithappen.

The problem for Sims-Walker is the Dolphins already have a player like him, only better.

His name is Brandon Marshall.

"Mike Sims-Walker is too much like Marshall -- big, physical, possession guy, kinda slow," Scouts Inc. analyst Matt Williamson said.

The Dolphins certainly need to improve their passing game, especially in the red zone. But they seem to have the pieces in place. Whether it was quarterback Chad Henne's inconsistencies, a lack of chemistry or flawed play-calling, the Dolphins struggled despite having adequate receivers already on the roster.

They have a prolific target in Marshall and a talented slot receiver in Davone Bess. The Dolphins like Brian Hartline and are excited about youngsters Marlon Moore and Roberto Wallace.

Where the Dolphins are most lacking at receiver is with a reliable speedster who can stretch the field. Hartline has handled that role, but they can do better.

"If Miami is going to add a wide receiver," Williamson said, "it has to be a pure speed guy, someone to really stretch the defense and open up room for the running game and the underneath stuff to Marshall and Bess.

"Speed is the key. Especially considering all the needs Miami has, if they go wide receiver, they've got to go with a home-run threat. And Henne, despite his faults, can sling the long ball."

Sims-Walker wouldn't help much in that area. He has averaged 13.5 yards per catch for his career. Sims-Walker had 11 plays that went at least 20 yards and none that went at least 40 yards last season for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Hartline's downfield numbers were better than Sims-Walker's when you consider Hartline played only 12 games and Henne went deep far less frequently than Jaguars quarterback David Garrard. ESPN Stats & Information charted nine completions for Henne on passes that traveled at least 20 yards in the air, compared to 18 for Garrard.

Hartline averaged 16.3 yards per catch as a rookie and 14.3 yards last season. Hartline had 10 plays of 20-plus yards and one play of 40-plus yards last season.

Is Darrelle Revis back? We'll find out

November, 17, 2010
The Darrelle Revis Recovery Tour will resume Sunday against Houston Texans stud Andre Johnson.

Revis ended last season as maybe the brightest in the NFL's defensive galaxy. The New York Jets shutdown cornerback dominated elite receivers. He was considered the best player on a team that reached the AFC championship game and carried Super Bowl aspirations into 2010.

But the season didn't start well for Revis. First a contract standoff and then an injured hamstring knocked him down several pegs. He didn't always guard the other team's best receivers. Antonio Cromartie took on added responsibility to compensate.

Revis looks like he's returning to last year's form. He was masterful against Detroit Lions behemoth Calvin Johnson two weeks ago, keeping him to one catch for 13 yards.

Revis will face another challenge with Andre Johnson at the Meadowlands.

Jets head coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday that Revis either will be heads up on Andre Johnson or on the same side of the field, depending on the coverage scheme.

"They have one of the best receivers -- if not the best -- in the game," Ryan said of Andre Johnson. "How do you just sit back and say, 'Hey, we have one-on-one coverage over there [and not throw to him]?’

"Everything you're programmed to do says to throw it over there. Well, we've got the best corner. It ought to be a great match-up over there."

Last year, Revis allowed 2.9 receptions and 26.4 yards a game to a schedule that included Randy Moss twice, Terrell Owens twice, Andre Johnson, Roddy White, Chad Ochocinco, Reggie Wayne, Marques Colston, Steve Smith and Mike Sims-Walker.

Andre Johnson had four catches for 35 yards when they played on opening day last year.

"When you go out and play against anybody, you always want to get the best of them," Andre Johnson said. "Last year, when we played against each other, they executed the game plan, and they were very successful doing it. That's pretty much it. They took it to us.

"You definitely look forward to the challenge when you go against a player of Darrelle’s caliber. ... He's very technique-sound as a defensive back. He's very patient. He can mix it up with you. He can be physical at times. At times he doesn't have to be physical. He has the all-around game. He's great at what he does."

Revis calls Ochocinco favorite challenge

February, 26, 2010
New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis and Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco have engaged in some colorful debates, but it's clear there's a mutual respect between them.

Revis and Ochocinco appeared together on the "First Take" set at ESPN The Weekend in Orlando, Fla.

Ochocinco explained why he reneged on his guarantee to change his name back to Chad Johnson if Revis shut him down in the regular-season finale. Ochocinco didn't catch a pass.

"I am a man of my word, but as a man of my word I have the choice to change my mind," Ochocinco said. "I'm on Revis Island, but it's in Ocho's world."

Revis faced a series of star receivers in 2010: Randy Moss twice, Terrell Owens twice, Ochocinco twice, Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne, Marques Colston, Steve Smith, Roddy White, Mike Sims-Walker ... They averaged 2.9 receptions and 26.4 yards against him.

But Revis considers Ochocinco his greatest challenge to defend.

"Because he's a competitor, his attitude, the stuff during the week, the trash talk," Revis said. "I think it's fun. I have fun with it. But I know when we get on the field he's serious and I'm serious as well. It's two race cars drag racing. Who's going to win at the end? Who's going to cross the finish line?"

Ochocinco seems to keep losing his lug nuts at the starting line.