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Jason Hill, the Jaguars #1 receiver?

 

Hopefully the new CBA deal gets done, but if it does get done, we have a high chance of losing Mike Sims-Walker.  Can Jason Hill step up, and be the player he was drafted to be?



Mike Sims-Walker blew up in the 2009 season, but hasn't lived up to his expectations, as Jonathan Loesche wrote...

 

Jaguar fans have given Sims-Walker something of a bum wrap this season. Many expected he would have a year that would remind fans of Jimmy Smith. Instead, he turned in a season far worse than his 2009 season. In a byproduct of the internet and fantasy football era, fans harassed him on twitter for his production. via http://jagsonville.com/post/3086354363/if-free-agency-does-happen-is-mike-sims-walker-gone


Marcedes Lewis is also becoming a free-agent, but I have no doubt in my mind that he'll be resigned, and he's our number one priority, with number two being Mike Sims-Walker.

However, fans forget exactly what kind of offense the Jaguars were running and Sims-Walker’s role in it. After the disastrous start to the year, the Jaguars switched to a short passing game predicated on the slant route. It’s no coincidence that Mike Thomas’ production suddenly skyrocketed while Sims-Walker’s fell off. With the Jaguars retaining QB David Garrard and keeping the same offense in place, what real incentive does Sims-Walker have to stay in Jacksonville? He’ll never have a chance to put up the kind of numbers he is capable of in the Jags offense. Now, I’m sure Jacksonville will offer Sims-Walker something. And to a degree, Sims-Walker does owe the Jaguars something. They stuck with him after two non-existent years and when he injured himself at the scrimmage. If the Jags had released him before the 2009 season, it’s doubtful another team would’ve signed him off the scrap heap. However, when all is said and done, I believe Sims-Walker will be headed for other pastures. As I said before, I’m sure he wants to be in an offense where he can put up the kind of numbers he is capable of. As for the Jaguars, Gene Smith has seemingly taken the "Wide receivers are a dime a dozen" philosophy. I doubt Sims-Walker’s pedestrian numbers will make the Jaguars open up the check book very far.  via http://jagsonville.com/post/3086354363/if-free-agency-does-happen-is-mike-sims-walker-gone


Now Gene can draft a receiver if he wants, but he has expressed his feelings already, about the defense this off-season, there are also a few receivers in free-agency...

  1.  Santonio Holmes, WR, Jets. Age: 27.  
    Receivers who switch teams tend to struggle, so it's amazing that Santonio Holmes was able to catch 52 balls for 746 yards and six touchdowns in only 11 games. Holmes has a knack for making big catches in important games, so if the Jets have to choose between him and Braylon Edwards, it's really no contest. 

  2.  Vincent Jackson, WR, Chargers. Age: 28.  
    Vincent Jackson amazingly has never caught more than 68 passes in a single season, but with his size (6-5, 230) and downfield ability, he's one of the top physical talents at the wide receiver position in the NFL. 

  3.  Sidney Rice, WR, Vikings. Age: 25.  
    Sidney Rice is one of the league's top young receivers. He caught 83 balls for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns in 2009. He's only had one great year, hence just the four stars. 

  4.  Brad Smith, KR/CatQB, Jets. Age: 27.  
    Listed at four stars for his return ability, Brad Smith took two kickoffs to the house in 2010. He also averaged 7.9 yards per carry out of the Wildcat position. 

  5.  Eric Weems, KR, Falcons. Age: 26.  
    Listed at four stars for his special teams ability only, Eric Weems qualified for the Pro Bowl, thanks to a punt and a kickoff return for touchdowns. Weems averaged 27.5 yards on his kickoffs and 12.8 yards per punt return. 

  6.  Braylon Edwards, WR, Jets. Age: 28.  
    Braylon Edwards has been pretty good with drops this year, but will that remain the case once he signs a big contract? 


       
  7.  Steve Smith, WR, Giants. Age: 26.  
    Steve Smith is an outstanding possession receiver; he caught 107 balls for 1,220 yards and seven touchdowns in 2009. Unfortunately, he suffered a nasty knee injury in December and may not be ready for the start of the 2011 season. 

  8.  Malcom Floyd, WR, Chargers. Age: 29.  
    Malcom Floyd caught 37 balls for 717 yards and six touchdowns in 2010, giving him an amazing 19.4 yards-per-catch average. However, he battled through injuries in the second half of the year and consequently did nothing when Vincent Jackson returned to the lineup. 

  9.  James Jones, WR, Packers. Age: 27.  
    James Jones has enormous talent and potential. Will he ever put it together to become a reliable starter?  via http://walterfootball.com/freeagents2011WR.php
  10.  Lance Moore, WR, Saints. Age: 28.  
    A terrific slot receiver, Lance Moore bounced back from an injury-plagued 2009 campaign to catch 66 balls for 763 yards and eight touchdowns this season. 
    via http://walterfootball.com/freeagents2011WR.php

The cheapest thing to do is let Mike Sims-Walker leave, and use one of our current receivers as a #1.

  1. Mike Thomas-Most people thought he wasn't more then a slot, but he proved he's a reliable #2, but I doubt he can be a #1...
  2. Jason Hill-I don't know, he never lived to full expectations in San Francisco, but once he came to Jacksonville and learned the playbook, he was a reliable target while Mike Sims-Walker was out with injury.
  3. Jarret Dillard- Hasn't proven himself, but has a knack for finding the ball, and jumping up and plucking it from the sky, with his 41" vertical. 
  4. Zach Miller-He's got pretty good hands, and pretty good speed, and makes the wild cat another tool in our playbook.
  5. Kassim Osgood- Great blocking receiver, but not a good overall receiver.
  6. Tiquan Underwood- GO HOME
  7. John Matthwes- Nope

I like Jason Hill as our #1, he's got great speed, and good hands, him and Mike Thomas will look like the Wes Welker/Randy Moss combo in New England a few years, he was practicing and playing hard, and he deserves a shot, I think he's got the best shot out of all the receivers to be our #1.  He ran a 4.32 at the 40 at the combine his rookie year, and I have heard that a lot of Niners fans, were upset he wasn't used as much, besides his injuries he seemed to be Singeltary's dog house.

Regular Season Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
WK Game Date Opp Result G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2 09/20  NO L   22-25 1 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 09/26  @ KC L   10-31 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
4 10/03  @ ATL L   14-16 1 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
5 10/10  PHI L   24-27 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
6 10/17  OAK W   17-9 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
7 10/24  @ CAR L   20-23 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
8 10/31  DEN W   24-16 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
9 Bye -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
10 11/14  STL W   23-20 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
11 11/21  CLE W   24-20 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
12 11/28  @ NYG L   20-24 1 0 1 15 15.0 15 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
13 12/05  @ TEN W   17-6 1 0 0 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
14 12/12  OAK W   38-31 1 0 1 48 48.0 48T 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
15 12/19  @ IND L   24-34 1 0 2 40 20.0 26 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
16 12/26  WAS L   17-20 1 1 4 77 19.3 37 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
17 01/02  @ HOU L   17-34 1 0 3 68 22.7 44 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
TOTAL

via http://www.nfl.com/players/jasonhill/gamelogs?id=HIL389650  It doesn't say it on here, but he had about 25 yards per catch with us.

But anyway, who do you think will be the #1 receiver next year, if Mike Sims-Walker doesn't come back?  

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgEbEG-LeQw

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