Friday, July 29, 2011
Sims-Walker adds intrigue to Rams at WR
By Mike Sando
Donnie Avery and the as-yet-unsigned Mark Clayton give the St. Louis Rams two capable receivers with significant injury concerns.
The newly added Mike Sims-Walker, who agreed to terms on a one-year deal Friday, should fit right in.
Sims-Walker has missed only three games over the past two seasons, but he battled through knee issues and a staph infection in 2010. The Jacksonville Jaguars watched him walk away even though they need help at the position. They told Sims-Walker before the lockout that they planned to move forward without him.
What does that say for a team whose No. 2 receiver is NFC West alumnus Jason Hill?
The one-year deal Sims-Walker will sign says the Rams are taking a low-risk bet on a player with significant unrealized potential. Sims-Walker stands 6-foot-2, weighs 214 pounds and has 14 touchdown passes over the past two seasons. He is 26 years old.
This signing makes sense for the Rams given the low risk involved. The team has more quantity than reliable quality at the position, but it also has in Josh McDaniels a new offensive coordinator whose history suggests he can help a receiver -- whether it be Randy Moss or Brandon Lloyd -- realize more of his potential.