Friday, March 4, 2011
Jaguars secure Hill, part with Sims-Walker
By Paul Kuharsky
The Jaguars signed Jason Hill and have high hopes that he can be an explosive receiver for them. They also told Mike Sims-Walker that they were moving on.
At his best, Sims-Walker was a solid, if unspectacular, producer for Jacksonville. But he lacks polish and has a big injury history.
In my talk with general manager Gene Smith at the combine, he spoke of Jarett Dillard, who spent the entire season on IR, as a promising breakout player at receiver.
That could mean the Jaguars move forward with Mike Thomas, Hill and Dillard as their top three, though adding an explosive weapon could be an offseason goal.
I expected they’d let Sims-Walker test the market and potentially have him back if the market set a low price. My interpretation of this development: I think the Jaguars think they’ve seen MSW at his best and they need more upside than he brings.
He had 43 catches for 562 yards and seven touchdowns last season, a year after he produced 63 catches for 869 yards and seven scores.