Ravens vs. Jaguars: Will Mike Sims-Walker Make Impact in Jacksonville Return?

Ryan PhillipsContributor IIIOctober 24, 2011

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 17:  Mike Sims-Walker #11 of the Jacksonville Jaguarsreacts after he made a reception in the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on December 17, 2009 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Mike Sims-Walker spent the first three years of his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars, so it wasn't surprising that the team picked him up after the receiver was released by the St. Louis Rams last week. Sims-Walker will not have to learn a new offense, which means he will likely see a decent amount of playing time during tonight's Monday Night Football matchup with the Baltimore Ravens.

While Sims-Walker will almost certainly see the field tonight, don't expect him to make a huge impact. While I'm sure it will be nice for Jacksonville to have him back, the 26-year-old wideout will be counting on a raw rookie to get him the ball. Blaine Gabbert hasn't shown the ability to consistently complete passes at the NFL level, yet. Gabbert has seen action in five games so far, and has completed just 60 of 123 passes for a dismal completion percentage of 48.8.

Last season with veteran David Garrard throwing him passes, Sims-Walker averaged 3.07 catches and 40.1 yards per game. To expect anything higher than that with Gabbert in charge of the same offense would be foolish.

Sims-Walker is a nice receiver, but he's never been a good route-runner, and while he has decent speed, he doesn't make explosive short-distance bursts. He has good size at 6'2" and 212 pounds, but he has also suffered from drops throughout his career. 

In short, the Central Florida grad has some physical gifts but isn't someone the Jags can rely on to be a No. 1 target for Gabbert. He'll help them with depth but shouldn't be expected to make a big difference, especially not tonight against a fantastic Baltimore secondary.