The New York Jets are inviting some unemployed veterans to tryout at minicamp next week, looking to bolster their offense with some receiving threats. Yesterday it was reported that tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. would join the Jets at minicamp this week for a tryout, and now wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker will also be stopping by for a tryout. The wide receiver position isn't as thin as the tight end depth chart, but injuries have weakened the receiving corps.
Mike Sims-Walker hasn't played in the NFL since 2011, missing the entire 2012 season due to a knee injury. In 2011 he caught 12 passes for 150 yards, playing six games between the St. Louis Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars. For the New York Jets, Mike Sims-Walker represents a no-risk chance to beef up their receiving corps. He will join the team for a tryout at minicamp this week.
Adam Schefter reported that Mike Sims-Walker would join Kellen Winslow Jr. this week as free agents invited to Jets minicamp to try out for the team:
In addition to TE Kellen Winslow Jr., Jets also have invited WR Mike Sims-Walker to try out during this week's camp.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 9, 2013
For the Jets, Mike Sims-Walker is worth a look. He has some size at 6-2, and posted back-to-back season with seven touchdown receptions in 2009 and 2010. The 2009 seasons was clearly his most productive, with 63 catches for 869 yards. As a quick grab off the scrap heap, at the very least Mike Sims-Walker should be able to provide some higher-quality practice reps until the Jets can get Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill and Jeremy Kerley all back from various injury issues.
If Mike Sims-Walker can provide anything more than that and can continue to contribute into the regular season, it will be a nice plus for the Jets. Hitting on either Kellen Winslow Jr. or Mike Sims-Walker and unearthing a role player for the offense this season would be a big-time find for John Idzik and the Jets.