I saw this little tidbit come across the “wire” earlier today, and was a bit surprised. BFD over at Battle Red Blog links to a Tweet saying the Texans and Rams have contacted soon-to-be former Jaguar WR Mike Sims-Walker.
After careful consideration, my reaction is: Meh.
I’ve read things about Sims-Walker in the past that made me shake my head, and those feelings are confirmed by this quote from the story in the above Battle Red Blog link:
“Asked for insight on Sims-Walker, a Jaguars insider said, “He can’t beat press coverage off the line of scrimmage and he also whines if they don’t throw to him even if they win. He doesn’t want to take the blame when he doesn’t make a catch and he has a bad knee.
One of (general manager) Gene Smith’s mantras is ‘Know your own team’ and if he doesn’t think he can play, I would be leery of him. Maybe for the minimum or incentives.
“He also missed curfew last year, supposedly out all or most of the night with a woman and was suspended for the game.”
Getting suspended and missing curfew – that doesn’t bother me much (if it’s an isolated incident). Jacoby Jones does that. It happens. But the knee thing, on top of the attitude issues (you guys know I have a serious, serious problem with whiners) makes me resistant. Is he really a significant upgrade over Jacoby? I don’t think so. Is he the kind of guy who is going to bust his tail and make all the blocks like Kevin Walter? Doubtful. He’s certainly more of a playmaker than Walter (who is not a playmaker at all), but when I look at what he brings to the table, I don’t see him shooting past Jones (were he to return) or Walter.
If there’s any truth to this rumor at all, I suppose there could be something to be said for the old “change of scenery” argument (yawn), but more likely – the coaches think Sims-Walker would benefit from the guidance of Andre Johnson. There certainly isn’t anyone like that on the Jaguars roster, and you would hope Johnson’s influence would keep him from some of his questionable ways of the past.
It’s a whole different issue – but I wonder if there’s enough to the rumor that it might get the Texans in hot water for making contact with a prospective free agent during the current “situation” we have ongoing with the CBA.