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Posted on: December 17, 2011 8:15 pm
 

Dunta Robinson on Jaguars WRs: '[bleep]ing jokes'

By Will Brinson

During Thursday's 41-14 loss, like much of the 2011 season, the Jaguars struggled to move the ball against the Falcons because Blaine Gabbert couldn't get the ball down the field. Part of that is Gabbert, but a bigger part of that might be a lack of wide receiver options available to Gabbert on Jacksonville's roster.

Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson would lean towards the latter and, in fact, he thinks that the current Jags receivers are "[bleep]ing jokes."

"Those guys are [bleep]ing jokes," Robinson said per Vito Stellino of The Florida Times-Union. "Those guys couldn’t get a [bleep]ing receiver if it hit them in the head."

Ouch. Robinson added that the Jaguars "haven't had anyone decent since Jimmy Smith."

That part is actually true -- the Jags leading pass-catchers since Smith retired in 2005 are Matt Jones (2006, 643 yards; 2008, 761 yards), Reggie Williams (2007, 629 yards), Mike Sims-Walker (2009, 869 yards), Mike Thomas (2010, 820 yards) and Marcedes Lewis (2011, 415 yards).

If you're looking for a description of "a motley crew," this is pretty much it, and that doesn't even take into consideration that a) Lewis is a tight end and b) Jones and Williams were monumentally busty first-round picks, one of whom is retired and one of whom is politely referred to as "currently a free agent."

So, yes, the Jaguars desperately need a talented wide receiver. But given the other problems they have on their roster, it seems more likely that they'll pursue on in free agency -- Vincent Jackson, DeSean Jackson and Dwayne Bowe will all be unrestricted this year -- instead of reaching for one in the first round.

Maybe then Dunta Robinson will be happy.

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Posted on: October 19, 2011 5:21 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2011 5:39 pm
 

Rosenhaus says TO ready to play, but will he?

OwensPosted by Josh Katzowitz

For a player who’s getting over knee surgery and who might be (involuntarily) retired, Terrell Owens makes a ton of news.

One week, he’s telling Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson, who wants more money from Philadelphia, not to play, and the next week, he’s flying to Korea to get stem cell treatment. Or he’s getting sent to the hospital or he’s having money problems.

But now Drew Rosenhaus, Owen’s agent, has a serious announcement to make: Owens has been cleared to play.

That’s the word from Rosenhaus himself, who tweeted, “I just watched Terrell go through a full football workout and he looked awesome! He is 100% healthy & ready to play right now! I will be contacting the teams today to inform them that (he) is immediately available to visit and work out for them. He could play this Sunday!”

Which immediately led to this response from CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman: “Rosenhaus is playing the media. Again.”

And yes, it is difficult to believe most things that emerge from Rosenhaus’ mouth. You’ll recall that he said the NFL would fall apart if he wasn’t around and he proclaimed Terrelle Pryor a first-round pick in the supplemental draft when, as we all knew, Pryor was nowhere near that.

Owens' offseason
So, when Rosenhaus says Owens is ready to go (and willing to listen to offers), you have to check the BS meter, because it’ s probably pretty high.

But …

There’s a decent enough chance Owens still can play. He’s not a No. 1 receiver any more -- although he was the best Bengals receiver last season --– but he can probably fill out a roster’s depth. Hell, he probably is still good enough to start.

The problem is that Owens is such a clubhouse downer that it might not make sense for anybody to bring him in as a 10-game stand-in.

Think about it. Which teams need receiver help? The Rams, though Brandon Lloyd was a decent enough pick-up. What about the Broncos, who don’t have a ton of help for Tim Tebow any more? What about the Jaguars, who are so thin at receiver they had to resort to picking up Mike Sims-Walker again?

Those teams could benefit from Owens’ talent. But would those organizations want young quarterbacks like Sam Bradford, Tebow or Blaine Gabbert, respectively, having to deal with a presence like Owens? I think we all know the answer to that. And if it’s true that Owens really is cleared to play -- and, as much of Twitter pointed out, who exactly is clearing him? -- Rosenhaus shouldn’t expect to have Owens signed fast enough where Owens could actually play anytime soon.

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Posted on: October 18, 2011 1:46 pm
 

Mike Sims-Walker headed back to Jaguars

Posted by Will Brinson

Mike Sims-Walker's headed back to the Jaguars, after being cut by the Jaguars, signed by the Rams and cut by the Rams. Get excited, Duval County!

This is based on Sims-Walker's Twitter feed, which features a pair of messages that strongly indicate he'll be returning to Jacksonville.

For starters, Sims-Walker kicked the day off with a "And the phone calls begin ..." tweet, indicating that his agent was getting calls about where he could end up playing.

Shortly thereafter, MSW shouted (the typing version anyway), "Duuuvvvvvaaaallllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!" For those that don't know, Duval County's the home of Jacksonville (see above).

And when asked by a follower if it was a "Mike [Thomas] and Mike [Sims-Walker] sequel," the wideout tweeted "on the way!"

Sims-Walker became extraneous for the Rams when he failed to produce and they managed to swing a trade with Denver to acquire Brandon Lloyd on Monday.

The ex-Jaguar was a healthy scratch in Week 6, indicating exactly how unhappy coach Steve Spagnuolo and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was with his production in St. Louis.

And while Sims-Walker won't exactly turn around the Jaguars season, he'll at least provide some experience at wide receiver that should help rookie Blaine Gabbert.

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Posted on: October 17, 2011 5:59 pm
Edited on: October 17, 2011 6:00 pm
 

After obtaining Lloyd, Rams cut Sims-Walker

St. Louis cut M. Sims-Walker after a less than stellar start to the season (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The grand Mike Sims-Walker experiment in St. Louis ended today when the Rams traded a conditional sixth-round pick to the Broncos in exchange for Brandon Lloyd.

That’s from the St. Louis Post Dispatch, which reports that the Rams cut Sims-Walker after the Lloyd trade was completed.

Sims-Walker -- who was signed in the offseason as a free agent to a one-year deal worth $3.7 million -- was supposed to be a nice pick-up for the Rams, but he only tallied 11 catches for 139 yards this season. He also had made a habit of dropping key passes, and on Sunday vs. the Packers, St. Louis deactivated him.

For his part, Sims-Walker seemed to be handling things well, publicly at least. Shortly after the news broke, Sims-Walker tweeted, “Wanna thank the rams organization and fans for the short stay, I am a better player and Man because of yall, best of luck....”

In other Rams news, the team has announced that quarterback Sam Bradford has a high ankle sprain and that he’s day to day.

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Posted on: September 11, 2011 4:31 pm
Edited on: September 11, 2011 5:06 pm
 

Rams lose Bradford, Amendola, Jackson

S. Bradford suffered a finger injury vs. Philadelphia (AP).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

UPDATED 4:58 p.m. ET: According to Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the injury to Sam Bradford's finger is a good-news, bad-news situation.

Writes Miklasz: "Bradford's injury right index finger. X ray: no break. But some numbness; next an MRI. Spags said might be a 'nerve' issue in finger."

Said Bradford after the game: "(It's) not painful, but I don't have the motion (in finger) that I want to right now."

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It was not a good day for the Rams.

In the midst of getting dominated by the Eagles 31-13, St. Louis lost its top receiver (possibly for the year), its top running back and, worst of all, its former No. 1 pick quarterback.

You already knew that running back Steven Jackson left the game with a right quadriceps injury, but in the second half, receiver Danny Amendola -- who led the team with 85 catches last year and had five for 45 yards today -- dislocated his elbow and Sam Bradford had to leave the game to get a finger on his right hand X-rayed.

We don’t know the extent of Bradford’s injury, but the loss of Amendola could be costly. His injury leaves the rest of his season in serious doubt and means Brandon Gibson and Mike Sims-Walker will become the go-to receivers for whoever is playing quarterback.

To make matters just a little bit worse, cornerback Ron Bartell also was lost to injury.

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Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:17 pm
 

Rams nab Harvey Dahl, Mike Sims-Walker, Mikell

Posted by Will Brinson

No one's going to accuse the Rams of being too active this offseason, but give them credit for continuing to make smart, low-risk plays without trying to sell the farm to make a run in the weak NFC West too early.

They continued the offseason trend by picking up guard Harvey Dahl (formerly of the Falcons), wideout Mike Sims-Walker (formerly of the Jaguars) and safety Quintin Mikell (formerly of the Eagles) on Friday.

Mikell, who played for coach Steve Spagnuolo in Philly, signed a four-year deal with the Rams.

“We are excited to add Quintin to our football team,” Spagnuolo said. “I have known him since his rookie year in Philadelphia and I have great respect for the person and player. We look forward to getting him in the mix and getting him up to speed."

Dahl agreed to terms earlier in the day Friday and reportedly will sign a four-year deal. Though the terms haven't been reported, the St. Louis Dispatch says that he "didn't come cheaply."

Whatever, Dahl's worth it -- the Rams are quietly piecing together a stout offensive line to protect Sam Bradford over the long term and with Steven Jackson in the backfield, should be potent offensively again in 2011.

There is the matter of wide receivers, however -- the Rams didn't hit on any of the big-name targets out in free agency (though that's not a bad thing, necessarily), but did yank Sims-Walker off the scrap heap late Friday.

"Last nite in orlando, got a early morning flight to catch to the midwest.... Yea its official I'm a RAM!!!!!!" he tweeted Friday.

MSW is reportedly getting a one-year deal worth $3.7 million which, again, minimizes the risk for the Rams but also helps boost their weakened wide receiver corps.

And puts them squarely in the camp of teams that decided not to break the bank chasing high-profile free agents. Sometimes, that's not such a bad thing, especially when you land some low risk players who can come in and solidify a team that's on the rise.

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Posted on: March 26, 2011 12:04 pm
 

Sims-Walker no bones about wanting to join Fins

Posted by Andy Benoit
M. Sims-Walker
When free agency finally does open up, Mike Sims-Walker will be one of the most coveted wide receivers available. The 26-year-old was plagued by injury and inconsistency in his four years as a Jaguar, but he showed in 2009 that, when healthy and in rhythm, he’s one of the more dynamic possession targets in the game (he caught 63 passes for 869 yards that year).

So on which team does Sims-Walker hope to end up? His recent tweet was pretty revealing: “RT @BMarshall19: @MikeSimsWalker where r u taking ur talents?< I'm trying to pull a lebron *hint*”

Sims-Walker and current Dolphins wideout Brandon Marshall are best friends from their days together at Central Florida. The Dolphins could use a little more juice at the wide receiver position, but Sims-Walker probably wouldn’t be the best fit. His style of play is nearly identical to Marshall’s.

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Posted on: March 25, 2011 2:03 pm
 

Hot Routes 3.25.11: Running the 40 ain't easy



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • The video (and story) of the day goes to Yahoo! Sports’ Doug Farrar who had Da’Quan Bowers tape his 40-yard dash attempts and then released it to the world. It’s embarrassing and hilarious and full of awesomeness. Bowers’ best line comes after Farrar’s second attempt: "Don't think he trained with us here at API. Because he didn't. We don't do that around here." The video is embedded below.
  • There’s not much new news in this Ron Borges (of the Boston Herald) column, but you have to admire his lede. He sits on a toilet when he overhears NFL attorney Bob Batterman talking to a colleague about the labor negotiations. I’ve never gleaned any information in quite this manner, and honestly, I hope I never do. But hey, cheers to Borges to never being off the clock.
  • Charlotte Observer beat reporter Joe Person has a prediction on who the Panthers will make the No. 1 pick at the draft: Blaine Gabbert.
  • New Broncos coach John Fox believes that switching the team’s defense from the 3-4 to the 4-3 will really help Denver rush the passer.



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