Mike Sims-Walker was introduced to the Winnipeg media Tuesday.After changing general managers, CEOs, offensive coordinators and quarterbacks, the 1-7 Winnipeg Blue Bombers are now focusing on revamping their roster in an attempt to turn their season around. The team released receiver Isaac Anderson and kicker Justin Palardy Tuesday and announced the additions of four players. One of those new faces is one who will be familiar to NFL fans: former Jacksonville Jaguars and St. Louis Rams receiver Mike Sims-Walker. Will Sims-Walker be able to find the speed and skill that made him Jacksonville's leading receiver in 2009 again in Canada and help the Bombers right the ship, or will he prove unable to adapt to the Canadian game or unable to overcome the injury concerns that have kept him from landing a regular pro football slot since 2011?
There's a lot to like about Sims-Walker. Yes, most of the American players in the CFL have spent some time in at least NFL camps, but few of the players in this league have found as much regular-season NFL success as Sims-Walker did at his peak. After a solid career at the University of Central Florida, where he set the school's single-season receptions record with 90 catches during his senior year, Jacksonville took him in the third round of the 2007 NFL draft. He missed that season thanks to injury, but began to make an impact in 2008 (although he only started one game that season) and really became a top Jaguars receiver in 2009, leading the team with 869 yards on 63 catches and adding seven touchdowns in 15 games. He also had a decent 2010 season, catching 43 balls for 562 yards and seven further touchdowns in 14 games. At his best, Sims-Walker is a very quick (he was clocked at 4.35 seconds in the 40-yard dash ahead of the 2007 draft, pretty impressive for a 6'2'', 214-pound guy), effective receiver. He's also only 28. If he still has that speed and skill and can adapt to what's asked of him in the Canadian game, he could well become a CFL star.Read More »from Can Mike Sims-Walker make a Canadian impact?