Thursday, November 3, 2011, 10:18am
Friday, October 28, 2011, 6:15pm
It's unclear what role Mike Sims-Walker will play in Jacksonville, but we seriously doubt he will replace Mike Thomas as the WR1, and it's unclear if he would even push Jason Hill out of the starting lineup. It's curious that the Jaguars would bring back a player they previously washed their hands off.
Monday, October 17, 2011, 6:15pm
Monday, October 17, 2011, 1:54pm
The second part of the Brandon Lloyd story sounds like Mike Sims-Walker has been released. Whether or not Sims-Walker has been released is not confirmed yet. Sims-Walker came awfully close with a cryptic tweet this morning.
This was his tweet:
Mike Sims-Walker Done been thru a lot and pretty sure I'm gone go thru a lot more but I promise I have no brakes!!!! #imnotstopping
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Dropping Sims-Walker makes the most sense for the Rams. They would be unlikely to part ways with the rookies drafted this year, especially with those players starting to show signs of life.
It was widely reported last week the Broncos were open to dealing Lloyd and shopped around ahead of Tuesday's trade deadline. The Rams, San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots were all known to be in discussions with the Broncos, sources told The Denver Post.
Lloyd, 30, is scheduled to make $1.395 million this season. He led the league last season with 1,448 yards on 77 receptions and scored 11 touchdowns.
Lloyd has 19 catches for 283 yards and no touchdowns this season.
The Rams offense has struggled getting off the ground, and Josh McDaniels is obviously familiar with Brandon Lloyd from his time in Denver. Lloyd should step in as the WR1, but we don't see a mid-season change of scenery as a huge boost to his fantasy value.
Danario Alexander will likely be the two with Brandon Gibson taking a back seat and Mike Sims-Walker (healthy scratch) possibly being released. Mark Clayton doesn't look to be a factor at this point. This could help Sam Bradford, but could take some time. One thing the Rams do have going for them is an easier schedule moving forward.
Monday, October 17, 2011, 10:42am
With only one productive game this season (six catches against the New York Giants), and after dropping two passes in Game 4 against Washington, Mike Sims-Walker was yanked from the starting lineup and placed on the pregame inactive list. Sims-Walker, a free agent from Jacksonville, was working with the scout team by the end of the practice week, running the routes of Green Bay receivers for the Rams' starting defense.
"The young guys, we thought we'd give a chance there," coach Steve Spagnuolo said.
The story points out that Brandon Gibson, Danario Alexander, and rookie Greg Salas combined for 18 catches for 211 yards. In addition, rookie tight end Lance Kendricks added four catches for 71 yards. The team hasn't been impressed with Sims-Walker and is looking to these younger guys to see what they have. The team is also rumored to be in the market for WR Brandon Lloyd of Denver before the trade deadline.
Thursday, September 15, 2011, 12:06pm
A special glove designed to increase blood flow to the injury and reduce swelling may have helped get him back on the field quickly.
Bradford said although there was some soreness, the finger felt “10 times better’’ than it did on Monday, the day after the Rams’ opening 31-13 loss to the Eagles. The original plan didn’t call for him to do any throwing before today, and Bradford hadn’t been that optimistic.
“I couldn’t tell a bit,’’ wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker said. “He looked great to me.’’
Thursday, September 1, 2011, 1:41pm
Throw another name into the hat in an already-crowded wideout competition in St. Louis. In re-signing with the Rams, Mark Clayton brings a veteran presence with good speed and yard-after-the-catch skills.
Clayton showed he was a quick study last season in picking up the offense quickly, so learning the Josh McDaniels scheme shouldn't be a problem. But Clayton's surgically repaired knee (more precisely, his patellar tendon) isn't quite 100 percent.
If he goes on PUP/reserve, which is likely, he will be sidelined at least six weeks. But St. Louis is a good fit for Clayton and he has a very good chemistry with quarterback Sam Bradford.
Clayton is the team's ninth wideout, and the Rams are expected to keep six or seven. Danny Amendola, Donnie Avery, Brandon Gibson and Mike Sims-Walker appear to have jobs locked up. The final two or three spots will be decided from among Danario Alexander, Mardy Gilyard and rookies Austin Pettis and Greg Salas. If Clayton starts on PUP/reserve list, the team won’t have to worry about clearing a roster spot for him until mid-October or later.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011, 1:54pm
"We've always liked him," general manager Billy Devaney said. "He was nicked a little bit last year with an ankle (injury) that hampered him. He tried to play through it, but you could see that he wasn't 100 percent. The guy scored 14 touchdowns over the last two years, so he's got some ability. That's what we were looking for — a bigger guy that can run a little bit."
"They don't know how excited I am to be here," he said. "This is a blessing. I call it the perfect situation. I wouldn't want to be nowhere else."
"Sam Bradford. Josh McDaniels. The wide receiver corps that we do have," Sims-Walker said. "Very underrated. I promise you. Very underrated. I train with some of the best receivers in the game. I've seen a lot, I've studied a lot of the best receivers in the game. Trust me, these guys are right there. We've just got to get it together, go out here and grind every day, compete with each other, and we'll be fine."
Quarterback Sam Bradford led St. Louis to a pair of touchdowns, and the Rams’ defense made life miserable for Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel as the Rams defeated the Chiefs 14-10 Friday night in Kansas City.
Bradford was 8 of 8 for 76 yards on his first two series, with scoring passes of 6 yards to Mike Sims-Walker and 11 yards to rookie tight end Lance Kendricks. Bradford finished with 95 yards passing in his most significant dress rehearsal before the Rams’ opener against Philadelphia.
When the reigning NFL offensive rookie of the year wasn’t slicing up the Chiefs’ struggling defense, Steven Jackson was pounding it into submission. The big running back carried 15 times for 72 yards as St. Louis coach Steve Spagnuolo played his starters the entire first half.
The Chiefs also played their first team until halftime, with much different results.
Cassel was 6 of 13 for 59 yards and was sacked for an 11-yard loss, while Kansas City’s top-ranked rushing attack produced just 14 yards on six first-half attempts. Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones, who combined for 2,363 yards rushing in 2010, each carried twice for 8 yards.
Bradford wasn't as sharp after his hot start. Nevertheless, it was very encouraging to see him click with Kendricks and Sims-Walker, who are adding a breath of fresh air to the St. Louis passing game. At a minimum, Bradford looks like a very solid QB2. Kansas City can't seem to find any momentum.
Thursday, August 18, 2011, 12:57pm
Wideout Mike Sims-Walker (groin) got limited work on Wednesday.
Sunday, August 14, 2011, 6:38pm
It's good to hear Sims-Walker isn't seriously hurt. However, he needs all the reps he can get to find a rhythm with Sam Bradford.
Sunday, August 14, 2011, 8:24am
Newly-signed St. Louis Rams wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker injured his groin early in the team's preseason opener Saturday night and did not return. The injury is not expected to be serious but will be monitored.
For Sims-Walker's sake, the injury better not be serious. He's one of many players battling for prime spots in the St. Louis offense.
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