In need of an offensive boost, the Jaguars shuffled things around a bit Tuesday.
Just one day after being released by the St. Louis Rams, Mike Sims-Walker returned to Jacksonville on Tuesday and is expected to join the team in practice Thursday. After playing three seasons with the Jaguars, Sims-Walker was signed by the Rams, but was let go after a disappointing start to the campaign. The Rams, meanwhile, recently acquired target Brandon Lloyd from the Broncos, meaning Sims-Walker was shown the door in St. Louis.
During his time in Jacksonville, Sims-Walker was a reliable target and had a solid year in 2009, catching 63 passes for 869 yards and seven touchdowns. His production dipped slightly the following season and through four games with the Rams this year, Sims-Walker had just 11 receptions.
It’s still unclear whether Sims-Walker will be ready to play Monday night against the Ravens, according to the Associated Press. But with the familiarity of Jacksonville’s offense, the receiver might get into sync faster than usual. That would be good news for quarterback Blaine Gabbert, too. Sims-Walker’s reemergence is a clear sign the coaches are not happy with the production from the current group of receivers and are looking to shake things up.
On a related note, the Jaguars also placed tight end Zach Miller on injured reserve with a nagging shoulder injury. Miller, a sixth-round pick in 2009, has often been injured throughout his short career, and can add this in the latest series of setbacks.