Los Angeles Rams

Mike Sims-Walker: Will the Disappointing WR See the Field Again in 2011?

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IOctober 17, 2011

After Mike Sims-Walker was a curious game-day inactive on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, the St. Louis Rams have released the former No. 1 receiver of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Now the question is, is there any room for Sims-Walker in the league this season?

Sims-Walker's fall from grace has been drastic; this is a receiver who racked up 869 yards receiving and seven touchdowns in 2009.

But Sims-Walker fell off a bit last season, catching 43 balls for 562 yards. He still caught seven touchdown passes, but his overall production slipped.

Then came the offseason, when many thought the receiver-deprived Jaguars would re-sign him. They did not, and he found himself on a Rams team complete with rising quarterback Sam Bradford looking for a No. 1 receiver to lead them to the NFC West title.

Well, a lot of things have gone wrong for the Rams this season, including a drop-off from the offensive line, but there's also no question Sims-Walker has been disappointing.

Through four games, Sims-Walker caught just 11 passes for 139 yards with no touchdowns, and had been surpassed in receptions and receiving yards by Danario Alexander, Brandon Gibson and rookie Lance Kendricks.

All of a sudden, it appears as if the Jaguars were unimpressed by Sims-Walker in the first place, and it had nothing to do with money. After all, who lets their "No. 1" receiver go when they are about to turn the team over to rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert?

Will Sims-Walker find a place in the NFL? Probably; there are plenty of needy teams out there grasping for hope.

But will he make an impact?

All signs point to no.


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