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Mike Walker, JAX WR (1 Viewer)

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MIKE WALKER

Wide Receiver, JAX

I believe Jacksonville got a steal when they selected Mike Walker in the 3rd Round. He caught 90 balls (averaging 7.5 receptions per game) for UCF while battling the lingering effects of a major knee injury. The JAGs new offensive staff have declared an open competition at the WR position so Walker has a great chance to make an immediate impact as a rookie. Walker has the receiving skills to stand out among a group that struggled last year to consistently make plays.

Bottom line: Don't sleep on this guy. I picked him up off the waiver wire of my dynasty league after virtually all of the other top receivers got drafted. :mellow:

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BIO (Source: FOX Sports)

OVERVIEW:

Returning to action as a senior after missing his final two games of the 2005 season due to a knee injury, Walker was not expected to have the breakout season he produced. Called by the coaching staff the team's best all-around athlete, Walker quietly went about his business, but while he might not get much media attention, the split end finished third in Division I-A with an average of 7.50 receptions per game and was tied for fifth with an average of 98.17 receiving yards per game in 2006. The Orlando Edgewater High School product starred on both sides of the ball in his final two seasons and helped his team to a 24-4 record. Defensively, he intercepted 13 passes and recorded 77 tackles in his junior and senior seasons. He was equally impressive on the offensive side of the ball, as he grabbed 40 receptions for 812 yards (20.3 avg) and 10 touchdowns as a senior. He grabbed seven passes for 138 yards in the Class 6A state championship game. Walker was selected to play in the Cali-Florida Bowl, where he had five catches for 75 yards. He earned All-District, All-County and All-Central Florida honors while placing 33rd on the Orlando Sentinel's Top 100. He was also selected as a member of Bill Buchalter's "Dandy Dozen." Rivals.com rated him as the 27th-best receiver in the nation, as Walker was also named to the All-State and All-Gridwire teams. As a true freshman at Central Florida in 2003, Walker appeared in 12 games. In reserve duty, he caught 21 passes for 337 yards (16.0 avg), but did not have any touchdowns. He also made one tackle on special teams. In 2004, Walker started the team's first six games at left cornerback before splitting time between defense and the receiving unit during the second half of that season. He caught nine passes for 191 yards (21.2 avg) with a score and led the team with three interceptions. Walker recorded 29 tackles (23 solos) with seven pass deflections and forced one fumble. Walker moved back to split end full-time in 2005. He earned All-Conference USA second-team honors, as he totaled 855 yards receiving, ranking second on the team with 64 receptions (13.4 avg), including nine touchdowns. Walker also rushed once for seven yards, made four solo tackles and had one stop for an eight-yard loss. A knee injury would keep him on the sidelines for the team's final two games. Showing no ill effects from his 2005 knee injury, Walker caught 90 passes for 1,178 yards and seven touchdowns in his final season. In 46 games at Central Florida, Walker started six times on defense and 23 times on offense. He caught 183 passes for 2,547 yards (14.0 avg) and 17 touchdowns. He ran once for a 7-yard gain and picked up 59 yards on three interception returns. Walker was in on 34 tackles (28 solos) with two stops for losses of 10 yards and caused one fumble.

ANALYSIS:

Positives: While his frame can certainly use additional bulk, he has a long, lanky frame with good overall muscle tone, tight waist, defined shoulders and low body fat...Shows very good field savvy and vision, as he is alert to coverages and has a knack for executing head fakes and generating enough hip wiggle to elude after the catch...Smooth open-field runner who might lack timed speed, but has the change of direction agility, balance and body control to make proper adjustments to get to off-target throws...Shows good hip flexibility and knee bend to plant and drive out of his cuts...Has the ability to take plays from the chalkboard to the playing field...Excels at making adjustments according to what the defense gives him, and is alert to coming back when the quarterback is pressured...Is best when given room to get into his routes, but has the movement skills and hand/eye coordination to separate after the catch...His long stride makes him look a bit slow coming off the line, but he can accelerate out of his breaks and is smart enough to gear down and time his leaps to get to the short area throws...Usually crisp when trying to cut...His body control is evident when he runs disciplined patterns...Does a very good job of sitting down underneath and knows where the chains are...He can find the sticks and maintains eye contact so he knows where the cornerback is positioned...Better when utilizing his moves to elude rather than to trying and generate a second gear that is lacking...Natural ball catcher who will extend and reach away from his frame...Catches with ease when he goes for the ball and shows good hand strength to secure the ball before turning up field... While he can use more bulk, he is effective at using his body to shield defenders and shows no flinch going for the pass in a crowd, even when he knows the defender is going to deliver a crunching hit...Will assert himself well to combat for the jump balls...Has just adequate deep speed, but tracks the ball well in flight and can sneak up on a lethargic defender and separate...Very effective at tracking the ball over his outside shoulder...Is more of a build-up speed-type of runner, but demonstrates good concentration to look the ball in...Very smooth making twisting moves to get to the off-target throws while maintaining his stride...Won't put on the afterburners to separate after the catch, but has enough lower body strength to break the initial tackle...His shake and loose hips lets him gain positive yardage up the seam...Puts in the extra hours after practice and is known to spend considerable time in the film room...Does a nice job of locating defenders on the field and knows how to settle into the field's soft areas...Showed improvement using his frame to shield defenders from the ball in 2006. Negatives: Needs to add at least another 10-15 pounds of bulk and strength to his frame to be more consistent powering through the jam at the next level...Has a small waist, lacking the lower body power to maintain position and sustain when blocking for the ground game...His long stride and lack of second gear makes him adequate on routes into the deep secondary...Needs to use his hands with force in order to defeat the press, as he does not generate an explosive initial step...Needs to learn to vary his stride (must take pitter-patter steps instead of long ones)...Comes out his breaks cleanly, but will take some false steps at times...Has the determination to compete for the passes inside, but a lack of bulk sees him get ping-ponged by second-level defenders...Has to surprise the cornerback to slip past his opponent, as he does not have the sudden moves to separate after the catch...Will get stymied by a strong wrap-up tackle...Marginal blocker who will get pushed back into the pocket when trying to clear space for the ground game...Makes only passive a effort to sustain and takes poor angles in the open when asked to cut block.

Compares To: GREG JENNINGS-Green Bay...Walker does not have Jennings' speed, but both are field savvy pass catchers who uses an array of moves to elude tacklers. Despite his timed speed, Walker is more effective on short-to-intermediate routes, as he tends to lose sight of the ball when utilized deep into the zone. His experience on defense will prove invaluable if he has to fight for one of the team's final roster spots.

INJURY REPORT:

2002: Suffered a broken collarbone during the summer. 2005: Tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee vs. Rice (11/19), undergoing surgery that forced him to sit out the final two games vs. Tulsa and Nevada.

CAREER NOTES:

Walker's 184 receptions rank fourth on the school's career record list behind David Rhodes (213, 1991-94), Mark Nonsant (198, 1995-98) and Sean Beckton (196, 1987-90)...He has caught at least one pass in 28 consecutive games, the sixth-longest streak in school history, topped only by Sean Beckton (42), Charles Lee (33, 1997-99), Jimmy Fryzel (33, 1999-01), Tyson Hinshaw (32, 1997-2000) and Ted Wilson (30, 1984-86)...Walker's 2,555 yards receiving rank third in UCF annals, surpassed by David Rhodes (3,618) and Mark Nonsant (2,809)...Walker gained more than 100 yards receiving in nine contests, the seventh-best total in school history...His 90 receptions in 2006 set a school single-season record, topping the previous mark of 89 by Tyson Hinshaw in 2000...The 90 catches rank fourth in Conference USA season annals behind Arnold Jackson of Louisville (101 in 1999 and 91 in 1998) and JaJuan Dawson of Tulane (94 in 1999)...Walker's 1,178 yards receiving in 2006 rank fourth on the school single-season record list, topped by Doug Gabriel (1,237 in 2002), Brandon Marshall (1,195 in 2005) and Bernard Ford (1,180 in 1987)...Walker's career total of 17 scoring receptions rank sixth in school annals behind David Rhodes (29, 1991-94), Bret Cooper (23, 1989-92), Ted Wilson (21, 1983-86), Ford (21, 1986-87) and Doug Gabriel (20, 2001-02)...His nine touchdown catches in 2005 tied Doug Gabriel (2001) for ninth on the school's single-season record chart...Walker's 13 receptions vs. Rice in 2006 are topped only by Todd Cleveland (15 vs. Ball State, 1996), Ford (14 vs. Elon, 1987) and Tyson Hinshaw (14 vs. Northern Illinois, 2000) on the Golden Knights' game-record list.

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Mike Walker Interview with Highlights

COMBINE STATS:

Height: 6'1 1/2

Weight: 209

40 Yard Dash: 4.35

20 Yard Dash: 2.53

10 Yard Dash: 1.54

225 lb Bench Reps: 18

Vertical Jump: 36 1/2

Broad Jump: 10'1"

20 Yd Shuttle: 4.39

3-Cone Drill: 6.92

CAMP NEWS:

Walker Making Bid

UCF's Walker Steals Show

 
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:pics: shhhh

ETA: Excellent route runner... solid hands... always a good thing for a rookie

 
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Jag Nation is really excited about this guy. He has strong hands, good speed and is willing to do just about anything to get to the ball. Obviously very few rookie WRs put up good fantasy numbers but Walker looks to be a special talent and is in a good situation to earn playing time.

Also keep an eye on Broussard. His 40 time is similar to Walker's but he's much quicker on the field. Local fans always seem to exaggerate potential, in Jacksonville it's to the point that some fans are calling for the team to start Walker, Broussard and Northcutt(slot). Fans and the team itself seem tired of waiting on Reggie Williams, Matt Jones and Wilford to develop.

 
I'm a big fan. Drafted him in several different rookie drafts this year already.

 
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Count me in as a Walker fan. Huge steal in dynasty leagues, because people will think he is the # 4 in Jax. If his knee holds up, it is going to be tough for the Jags to keep him off the field.

 
yeah he was looking pretty good in camp before he hurt himself, and I think hes got some nice value in dynasty leagues. Im taking Northcutt on that team as my value pick in redrafts though

 
FWIW

Rookie wide receiver Mike Walker developed soreness in his surgically repaired knee following the Jaguars' recent round of minicamps.He'd been impressive before suffering the apparent setback. Walker, who had ACL surgery a little over a year ago, admits he'll now have to focus on his rehab. The Jags plan to be "safe" with Walker's knee during training camp.
 
Walker could be battling injury throughout his entire career, nice upside though.

 
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FYI - His nickname is SKYWALKER! The kid (HS RB/LB) who lives across the street from me used to work with him and Brandon Marshall.

 
yeah he was looking pretty good in camp before he hurt himself, and I think hes got some nice value in dynasty leagues. Im taking Northcutt on that team as my value pick in redrafts though
If you're starting Northcutt at any time, in any league, just let the wife take over your team, because you won't be seeing any $$$.
 
yeah he was looking pretty good in camp before he hurt himself, and I think hes got some nice value in dynasty leagues. Im taking Northcutt on that team as my value pick in redrafts though
If you're starting Northcutt at any time, in any league, just let the wife take over your team, because you won't be seeing any $$$.
with a 30 man roster theres nothing wrong with taking a flier on a guy like Northcutt really late in a draft. Those starting spots are up for grabs in jax, an ive been reading some nice stuff on Northcutt. Didnt mention anything about starting him. Just taking a wait and see approach with a guy thats my 7th or 8th wr. Maybe your wife can help you with the reading of these posts so you dont look like such a tool :blackdot:
 
FYI - His nickname is SKYWALKER! The kid (HS RB/LB) who lives across the street from me used to work with him and Brandon Marshall.
I think it's evolved into "Skyman" Walker. I'm pretty sure i saw it that way on his myspace page.
 
yeah he was looking pretty good in camp before he hurt himself, and I think hes got some nice value in dynasty leagues. Im taking Northcutt on that team as my value pick in redrafts though
If you're starting Northcutt at any time, in any league, just let the wife take over your team, because you won't be seeing any $$$.
with a 30 man roster theres nothing wrong with taking a flier on a guy like Northcutt really late in a draft. Those starting spots are up for grabs in jax, an ive been reading some nice stuff on Northcutt. Didnt mention anything about starting him. Just taking a wait and see approach with a guy thats my 7th or 8th wr. Maybe your wife can help you with the reading of these posts so you dont look like such a tool :hey:
:X :confused:Dirk Koetter's offensive scheme produced Madden PS3 type numbers in college so it will be interesting to see how it translates to the NFL. But, until we know how the depth chart shakes out, I wouldn't discount any of the wideouts in JAX. I think Reggie Williams and Mike Walker will be the chief beneficiaries, but Northcutt has been getting noticed in camp for his speed, route running, and overall work ethic. He might be the only guy safe on that roster right now at the position.
 
You are sadly mistaken if you think Walker is going to be of value anytime soon. As good as he is, he plays for the Jags. If Leftwich goes down, no WR has any value. Even with Leftwich healthy, Walker is #3 at best this year.

 
FYI - His nickname is SKYWALKER! The kid (HS RB/LB) who lives across the street from me used to work with him and Brandon Marshall.
That nickname already belongs to Kenny "Skywalker" Walker, former forward for the University of Kentucky and NY Knicks.
 
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FYI - His nickname is SKYWALKER! The kid (HS RB/LB) who lives across the street from me used to work with him and Brandon Marshall.
That nickname already belongs to Kenny "Skywalker" Walker, former forward for the University of Kentucky and NY Knicks.
It was Luke's long, long ago, before it was either of these guys came along...Id
 
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FYI - His nickname is SKYWALKER! The kid (HS RB/LB) who lives across the street from me used to work with him and Brandon Marshall.
That nickname already belongs to Kenny "Skywalker" Walker, former forward for the University of Kentucky and NY Knicks.
It was Luke's long, long ago, before it was either of these guys came along...Id
Didn't the "Star Wars Kid" finally take the name? Google "Star Wars Kid", that's some funny stuff.
 
You are sadly mistaken if you think Walker is going to be of value anytime soon. As good as he is, he plays for the Jags. If Leftwich goes down, no WR has any value. Even with Leftwich healthy, Walker is #3 at best this year.
Wow, you glean that penetrating insight from your tall stack of vintage fantasy guides? I think you responded to this post and didn't read any of the training camp notes or do any research on this year's team. Move along. :shock:
 
You are sadly mistaken if you think Walker is going to be of value anytime soon. As good as he is, he plays for the Jags. If Leftwich goes down, no WR has any value. Even with Leftwich healthy, Walker is #3 at best this year.
Wow, you glean that penetrating insight from your tall stack of vintage fantasy guides? I think you responded to this post and didn't read any of the training camp notes or do any research on this year's team. Move along. :goodposting:
I don't know if Walker will have any value this year or not. It's nice they are saying good things about him, but one thing I do know and that is that rookie WRs have a harder time making an impact than rookie RBs. If I had to rank positions of difficulty for rookies, I would rank the degree of difficulty as follows, with the hardest listed first;1) QB - no brainer2) OL - learning blocking schemes and recognition is tough3) TE - blocking comes first for most, and must learn the passing game4) WR - Yes, some can run fast and can be a deep threat, but they usually only have 1 or 2 catches a week. The good route runners and hands guys still must learn the offense and the speed of the NFL game compared to college. The 3rd year theory for WRs is mostly a myth, but there is a reason for it's existence.5) DB - Recognizing what the offense is doing and learning the pro coverage game is tough on most.6) LB - As long as he's not calling defensive plays, most talented LBs can make an impact as a rookie7) RB - One of easiest to play as a rookie as long as he's not a total flop as a blocker. Some offenses still don't demand that from it's #1 tailback, but those RBs are usually on the bench on 3rd down.8) K - Pressure is the only obstacle for kickers as a rookie. 9) DE - Is the easiest to make an impact for athletic DEs. Just rush the passer. The current OL don't know their moves (see Dwight Freeney), so they can appear to be studs early. However, when teams learn how to stop some of those moves (again, see Freeney), those DEs don't look as studly.10) P - Just kick the ball
 
You are sadly mistaken if you think Walker is going to be of value anytime soon. As good as he is, he plays for the Jags. If Leftwich goes down, no WR has any value. Even with Leftwich healthy, Walker is #3 at best this year.
Wow, you glean that penetrating insight from your tall stack of vintage fantasy guides? I think you responded to this post and didn't read any of the training camp notes or do any research on this year's team. Move along. :bye:
I don't know if Walker will have any value this year or not. It's nice they are saying good things about him, but one thing I do know and that is that rookie WRs have a harder time making an impact than rookie RBs. If I had to rank positions of difficulty for rookies, I would rank the degree of difficulty as follows, with the hardest listed first;1) QB - no brainer

2) OL - learning blocking schemes and recognition is tough

3) TE - blocking comes first for most, and must learn the passing game

4) WR - Yes, some can run fast and can be a deep threat, but they usually only have 1 or 2 catches a week. The good route runners and hands guys still must learn the offense and the speed of the NFL game compared to college. The 3rd year theory for WRs is mostly a myth, but there is a reason for it's existence.

5) DB - Recognizing what the offense is doing and learning the pro coverage game is tough on most.

6) LB - As long as he's not calling defensive plays, most talented LBs can make an impact as a rookie

7) RB - One of easiest to play as a rookie as long as he's not a total flop as a blocker. Some offenses still don't demand that from it's #1 tailback, but those RBs are usually on the bench on 3rd down.

8) K - Pressure is the only obstacle for kickers as a rookie.

9) DE - Is the easiest to make an impact for athletic DEs. Just rush the passer. The current OL don't know their moves (see Dwight Freeney), so they can appear to be studs early. However, when teams learn how to stop some of those moves (again, see Freeney), those DEs don't look as studly.

10) P - Just kick the ball
:goodposting: I understand what you are saying. But, I wasn't referring to Walker's rave reviews when I was mentioning his training camp posts. We're in freakin' June. Lots of guys look good in shorts or against other rookies.No, what I was referring to was a few factors that make this situation somewhat unique and how it sets up for Walker to contribute (to your point) earlier than expected:

1) There isn't much in front of him in terms of competition to beat out. Wilford, Jones, and Williams have all been disappointments for one reason or another. That means less time for Walker working up a depth chart in camp because there isn't one. Everyone is starting equal according to the coaching staff.

2) I'm an ASU alum and I watched Dirk Koetter's offense every game during every season he was there. The guy emphasizes the passing game and the system is very "quarterback friendly". What does that mean? First off, there is alot of motion to create mis-matches and confusion on the defensive side. Second, Dirk always makes sure his QB has an outlet if the play breaks down - typically a tight end (which contributed to Todd Heap and Zach Miller's success in college). Third, he allows the QB to audible out of bad plays at the line of scrimmage - which sounds fundamental but not something that the two previous Jag OC's (Bill Musgrave and Carl Smith) emphasized.

3) Koetter loves to take shots downfield at least a few times per game and often in early downs. That is why the Jags drafted speed and receiving skills at the WR position because the incumbents couldn't get down field, adjust, and catch the ball. Matt Jones was supposed to be that guy, but he doesn't make the tough catch in traffic - which is something that Walker excels at. Couple that with his 4.35/40 time, which BTW was on a knee not completely healed, and you get the vision for the future of the Jags passing game.

4) Leftwich is in a contract year. Many speculate he won't be with the team next year. That equals fantasy gold if he can stay healthy. :thumbup:

 
It seems like the boards are pimping a new Jag WR every year. First Reggie Williams, then Wilford, then Matt Jones, now Walker.

 
If WIlliams doesn't have a good camp, he might be cut. Despite every attempt by the staff to give him confidence and opportunities, WIlliams has just not been able to produce. He just has not been able to get separation. Not a special teamer, so if he can't beat out Jones and Wilford (I think Northcutt is a given as the # 3), I think he gets cut.

I see it as:

1. Ernest Wilford

2. Matt Jones

3. Dennis Northcutt - And I agree with the poster who said he can have some value. Think Mike Furrey in this offense. Is he a 15 td/red zone threat? Nope. But he can produce viable fantasy numbers if given the opportunity. Like someone said, why not take a shot on him in a 12 team league with 28-30 man rosters?

4. Mike Walker

I see Walker Like Demetius Williams of the Ravens. Immensely talented who has the potential to become a big time fantasy receiver, but is blocked by solid, but not superstar, players. Definitely a guy to target in dynastys leagues.

 
Top 3 JAX WR's the last 5 years...

2006 - Reggie Williams - 52/616/4, Matt Jones - 41/643/4, Ernest Wilford - 36/524/2

2005 - Jimmy Smith - 70/1023/6, Ernest Wilford - 41/681/7, Matt Jones - 36/432/5

2004 - Jimmy Smith - 74/1172/6, Troy Edwards - 50/533/1, Ernest Wilford - 19/271/2

2003 - Jimmy Smith - 54/805/4, Kevin Johnson - 58/634/3, Troy Edwards - 35/487/3

2002 - Jimmy Smith - 80/1027/7, Bobby Shaw - 44/525/1, Patrick Johnson - 9/187/2

It seems like the only viable FF starter has already retired. Reggie and Ernest just had their 3rd year breakouts, and Matt is still raw. Throw Northcutt and an ailing Walker into the mix, and I don't think anyone can figure out who the top dog will be this year. All worth late fliers, but if they are cracking your starting lineup, you're probably not a happy camper.

 
You are sadly mistaken if you think Walker is going to be of value anytime soon. As good as he is, he plays for the Jags. If Leftwich goes down, no WR has any value. Even with Leftwich healthy, Walker is #3 at best this year.
The tool factor at this site is increasing by the day. To Favre & Co, I don't believe this post was directed at those playing in 10 team yahoo re-draft leagues that start 2 WR's and have a 14 man roster. There is a large percentage of folks that play in keeper & dynasty leagues, or just larger re-draft leagues ie, 32 team, 20 man roster types that this information is directed to. The Zealots leagues draft 53 deep, teams routinely draft a rookie WR knowing that it may take 2 to 3 years before they reap any benefit, if at all. It's a shame that there are posters that feel the need to add their useless blurb in each and every post :loco:
 
Top 3 JAX WR's the last 5 years...2006 - Reggie Williams - 52/616/4, Matt Jones - 41/643/4, Ernest Wilford - 36/524/22005 - Jimmy Smith - 70/1023/6, Ernest Wilford - 41/681/7, Matt Jones - 36/432/52004 - Jimmy Smith - 74/1172/6, Troy Edwards - 50/533/1, Ernest Wilford - 19/271/22003 - Jimmy Smith - 54/805/4, Kevin Johnson - 58/634/3, Troy Edwards - 35/487/32002 - Jimmy Smith - 80/1027/7, Bobby Shaw - 44/525/1, Patrick Johnson - 9/187/2It seems like the only viable FF starter has already retired. Reggie and Ernest just had their 3rd year breakouts, and Matt is still raw. Throw Northcutt and an ailing Walker into the mix, and I don't think anyone can figure out who the top dog will be this year. All worth late fliers, but if they are cracking your starting lineup, you're probably not a happy camper.
Reggie Williams is still only 24 and a month younger than Jones. Not that I think he'll ever be a great receiver, but it was good to see him make progress last year. It may have been his 3rd year, but he came into the league young and wasn't quite ready for the demands of the NFL. I definitely think the potential is there for him to get 1000 yards this season, depending on what happens to the rest of the team.
 
Top 3 JAX WR's the last 5 years...2006 - Reggie Williams - 52/616/4, Matt Jones - 41/643/4, Ernest Wilford - 36/524/22005 - Jimmy Smith - 70/1023/6, Ernest Wilford - 41/681/7, Matt Jones - 36/432/52004 - Jimmy Smith - 74/1172/6, Troy Edwards - 50/533/1, Ernest Wilford - 19/271/22003 - Jimmy Smith - 54/805/4, Kevin Johnson - 58/634/3, Troy Edwards - 35/487/32002 - Jimmy Smith - 80/1027/7, Bobby Shaw - 44/525/1, Patrick Johnson - 9/187/2It seems like the only viable FF starter has already retired. Reggie and Ernest just had their 3rd year breakouts, and Matt is still raw. Throw Northcutt and an ailing Walker into the mix, and I don't think anyone can figure out who the top dog will be this year. All worth late fliers, but if they are cracking your starting lineup, you're probably not a happy camper.
Reggie Williams is still only 24 and a month younger than Jones. Not that I think he'll ever be a great receiver, but it was good to see him make progress last year. It may have been his 3rd year, but he came into the league young and wasn't quite ready for the demands of the NFL. I definitely think the potential is there for him to get 1000 yards this season, depending on what happens to the rest of the team.
My concern about the JAX WR corps is that none of them seems to be standing head and shoulders above the rest. The JAX passing game only has room for a single 1000 yard WR, and that's if the others digress. They are not a great passing team, and I don't think anyone would say they can produce 2 quality FF WR's (they finished last year 24th in passing yards and 24th in TD's last year), so who do you pick from the group? I'll take my chances on a WR that is the clear cut #1 on his team, even if the passing game is worse than the Jags.
 
If WIlliams doesn't have a good camp, he might be cut. Despite every attempt by the staff to give him confidence and opportunities, WIlliams has just not been able to produce. He just has not been able to get separation. Not a special teamer, so if he can't beat out Jones and Wilford (I think Northcutt is a given as the # 3), I think he gets cut.

I see it as:

1. Ernest Wilford

2. Matt Jones

3. Dennis Northcutt - And I agree with the poster who said he can have some value. Think Mike Furrey in this offense. Is he a 15 td/red zone threat? Nope. But he can produce viable fantasy numbers if given the opportunity. Like someone said, why not take a shot on him in a 12 team league with 28-30 man rosters?

4. Mike Walker

I see Walker Like Demetius Williams of the Ravens. Immensely talented who has the potential to become a big time fantasy receiver, but is blocked by solid, but not superstar, players. Definitely a guy to target in dynastys leagues.
I think you have Reggie Williams and Ernest Wilford flip-flopped. Wilford is the guy with the least downfield speed. I'd hate to see the Jags cut Wilford, but it wouldn't surprise me. It certainly sounds like they'll cut one of Williams, Wilford, or Jones.This was written on the Jags website.

Monken challenging WR’s

Walker making bid

By Vic Ketchman, jaguars.com senior editor

05/30/07

New wide receivers coach Todd Monken is challenging his players to take their games to a higher level, and the increased competition at the position is making it easy for Monken to make his point.

“I don’t see a guy who’s an automatic lineup guy,” Monken told jaguars.com on Wednesday. Asked to describe the state of the team’s wide receiver positions, Monken said, “Up in the air. You have a number of guys battling for the spots we have on the roster. We’re forcing everyone to play every position. No one is an ‘X,’” he said, “X” referring to the “number one wide receiver” distinction.

Free agent addition Dennis Northcutt is providing a strong example of the work ethic and attention to detail Monken is seeking in the team’s younger receivers. Behind Northcutt are former first-round picks Reggie Williams and Matt Jones, veteran Ernest Wilford, hold-over Charles Sharon and rookie draft picks Mike Walker and John Broussard.

“Reggie has to prove he’ll catch the ball away from his body; that he’ll catch the ball down the field. He knows that,” Monken said. “Matt’s got to be able to stay healthy. He’s learning how to work hard.

“Ernest is a guy who maximizes his ability. He’s aggressive in his approach to wanting to be coached. He knows we’re not going to keep everybody,” Monken added.

That’s the driving force in motivating this group to a higher level: “We’re not going to keep everybody.”

“I think they know they have the ability to be the best receivers on the team,” Monken said of Williams and Jones. “(But) talent alone gets you inconsistency.”

Enter third-round draft choice Mike Walker, a 6-2, 208-pound receiver with 4.3 speed and hands soft enough to have caught 90 passes at Central Florida last season, before he had even reached the one-year anniversary of his ACL surgery. Walker has the kind of ability and grit to challenge Williams and Jones.

“He’s a big, strong, physical kid who builds to his speed. He’s not a quick-twitch guy but he has good top-end speed. He can go up for the ball, is a real competitive kid and I think has a real bright future,” Monken said of Walker.

ACL surgery has long been considered a two-year injury. Walker won’t hit the two-year mark until late in his rookie season, but he over-achieved for his senior year at UCF and he’s committed to a full recovery by the start of this summer’s training camp.

“Now I have a little more time to rehab my knee and get it to where it should be. I’m going to do that before training camp. That’s going to be my main focus; leg curls, mostly strengthening,” Walker said.

Walker was a big hit in the team’s recent mini-camp, but he developed some soreness in subsequent practices and it’s become apparent that Walker’s knee needs more time and fewer reps.

“He told me he’s going to be safe with it in training camp,” Walker said of what he was told by head coach Jack Del Rio.

Everything else about Walker’s start with the Jaguars was positive.

“It’s a great situation. I think I’m going to fit right in. That first day of mini-camp; I just felt like I belonged here,” Walker said.

The big question is: Can Walker be expected to make a significant contribution as a rookie?

“He has a chance,” Monken said. “He has a ways to go but I’d hate to limit him. Anybody who catches the ball as he does always has a chance.”

At this time last year, Walker wasn’t even far enough along to work out for pro scouts in “junior days.” He made up a lot of ground in the summer, but he was still favoring the knee when the season began.

“I think it says a lot about him and what he’s about. To be able to come back and even function says something about his toughness and character; the want to,” Monken said of Walker. “You could tell he favored it; didn’t have the same burst.”

By season’s end, Walker was raking down passes and his knee was recovered enough for him to run an eye-opening 4.35 at the scouting combine. It shot him up from the ranks of the medical rejects all the way into the third round.

“That’s what I keep hearing; that it’s wide open,” he said of the wide receiver positions. “If I just go out there and be Mike Walker and act like nothing happened to my knee, I’ll be OK.”
 
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Top 3 JAX WR's the last 5 years...2006 - Reggie Williams - 52/616/4, Matt Jones - 41/643/4, Ernest Wilford - 36/524/22005 - Jimmy Smith - 70/1023/6, Ernest Wilford - 41/681/7, Matt Jones - 36/432/52004 - Jimmy Smith - 74/1172/6, Troy Edwards - 50/533/1, Ernest Wilford - 19/271/22003 - Jimmy Smith - 54/805/4, Kevin Johnson - 58/634/3, Troy Edwards - 35/487/32002 - Jimmy Smith - 80/1027/7, Bobby Shaw - 44/525/1, Patrick Johnson - 9/187/2It seems like the only viable FF starter has already retired. Reggie and Ernest just had their 3rd year breakouts, and Matt is still raw. Throw Northcutt and an ailing Walker into the mix, and I don't think anyone can figure out who the top dog will be this year. All worth late fliers, but if they are cracking your starting lineup, you're probably not a happy camper.
Reggie Williams is still only 24 and a month younger than Jones. Not that I think he'll ever be a great receiver, but it was good to see him make progress last year. It may have been his 3rd year, but he came into the league young and wasn't quite ready for the demands of the NFL. I definitely think the potential is there for him to get 1000 yards this season, depending on what happens to the rest of the team.
My concern about the JAX WR corps is that none of them seems to be standing head and shoulders above the rest. The JAX passing game only has room for a single 1000 yard WR, and that's if the others digress. They are not a great passing team, and I don't think anyone would say they can produce 2 quality FF WR's (they finished last year 24th in passing yards and 24th in TD's last year), so who do you pick from the group? I'll take my chances on a WR that is the clear cut #1 on his team, even if the passing game is worse than the Jags.
And I think those rankings were why Koetter was brought into "open things up" more. Whether JDR lets that happen (and Leftwich can stay healthy) remains to be seen.
 
You are sadly mistaken if you think Walker is going to be of value anytime soon. As good as he is, he plays for the Jags. If Leftwich goes down, no WR has any value. Even with Leftwich healthy, Walker is #3 at best this year.
Wow, you glean that penetrating insight from your tall stack of vintage fantasy guides? I think you responded to this post and didn't read any of the training camp notes or do any research on this year's team. Move along. :lmao:
Never seen Jacksonville play I see. I watch them every week. I like how you take mimi-camp as gospel. I don't need any fantasy guide like you. Mine is all done thru skillful scouting. Got some advice, guppyboy. Take Walker and watch him pump out zero's weekly this year and MAYBE he can crack the starting lineup next year on a team that runs first and may not have Leftwich back next year. You probably are a Garrard fan. The reason the WR's have been disappointments are A. Inconsistent QB play (Leftwich injured all the time, Garrard sucks), B. Horrid use of WR's. (Reggie Williams is a WR that makes a living on slants and crossing routes. He's not a deep WR as they tried to make him his 1st couple of years. C. Once again, run first. You think Walker is going to do any better? :thumbup: Also :lmao: at the guy saying Williams may be cut. Wow, this place is loaded with mis-informed guppies.
 
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It seems like the boards are pimping a new Jag WR every year. First Reggie Williams, then Wilford, then Matt Jones, now Walker.
All the while not having a clue as to the real problems in JAX as far as the passing game. Leftwich goes down, WR's a zeros. It could be Rice, Harrison and Moss in their prime and Garrard would not be able to get them the ball.Sounds just like the same (clueless) people who thought David Carr was not the problem in Houston . They will find out this year that he was.
 
You are sadly mistaken if you think Walker is going to be of value anytime soon. As good as he is, he plays for the Jags. If Leftwich goes down, no WR has any value. Even with Leftwich healthy, Walker is #3 at best this year.
Wow, you glean that penetrating insight from your tall stack of vintage fantasy guides? I think you responded to this post and didn't read any of the training camp notes or do any research on this year's team. Move along. :thumbup:
Never seen Jacksonville play I see. I watch them every week. I like how you take mimi-camp as gospel. I don't need any fantasy guide like you. Mine is all done thru skillful scouting. Got some advice, guppyboy. Take Walker and watch him pump out zero's weekly this year and MAYBE he can crack the starting lineup next year on a team that runs first and may not have Leftwich back next year. You probably are a Garrard fan. The reason the WR's have been disappointments are A. Inconsistent QB play (Leftwich injured all the time, Garrard sucks), B. Horrid use of WR's. (Reggie Williams is a WR that makes a living on slants and crossing routes. He's not a deep WR as they tried to make him his 1st couple of years. C. Once again, run first. You think Walker is going to do any better? :confused: Also :D at the guy saying Williams may be cut. Wow, this place is loaded with mis-informed guppies.
Nice job of :pickle: for a pissing contest, but I don't want to clutter up this post by trading barbs with some kid who spends all his time playing in free eight team Yahoo fantasy leagues. Like Penguin said, you are not the target audience for this information.
 
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Nice job of :lmao: for a pissing contest, but I don't want to clutter up this post by trading barbs with some kid who spends all his time playing in free eight team Yahoo fantasy leagues. Like Penguin said, you are not the target audience for this information.
I was winning FFL championships when you were still sucking your thumb buddy.
 
MIKE WALKER

Wide Receiver, JAX

I believe Jacksonville got a steal when they selected Mike Walker in the 3rd Round. He caught 90 balls (averaging 7.5 receptions per game) for UCF while battling the lingering effects of a major knee injury. The JAGs new offensive staff have declared an open competition at the WR position so Walker has a great chance to make an immediate impact as a rookie. Walker has the receiving skills to stand out among a group that struggled last year to consistently make plays.

Bottom line: Don't sleep on this guy. I picked him up off the waiver wire of my dynasty league after virtually all of the other top receivers got drafted. :popcorn:

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He has gone 3.06 or higher in every rookie draft I've seen, waiver wire? How many rounds is your rookie draft?
 
MIKE WALKER

Wide Receiver, JAX

I believe Jacksonville got a steal when they selected Mike Walker in the 3rd Round. He caught 90 balls (averaging 7.5 receptions per game) for UCF while battling the lingering effects of a major knee injury. The JAGs new offensive staff have declared an open competition at the WR position so Walker has a great chance to make an immediate impact as a rookie. Walker has the receiving skills to stand out among a group that struggled last year to consistently make plays.

Bottom line: Don't sleep on this guy. I picked him up off the waiver wire of my dynasty league after virtually all of the other top receivers got drafted. :goodposting:

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He has gone 3.06 or higher in every rookie draft I've seen, waiver wire? How many rounds is your rookie draft?
I landed him at 4.02 in a 12-team league and was happy about it. I don't love his odds of doing a ton this year, but it does appear to me that there is room for a WR to step up in Jax and become the go to guy... Walker seems to have a shot at such a role in the not too distant future (but so do some of the others on his team... just saying its sort of wide open right now).
 
el-gato-grande said:
Nice job of :confused: for a pissing contest, but I don't want to clutter up this post by trading barbs with some kid who spends all his time playing in free eight team Yahoo fantasy leagues. Like Penguin said, you are not the target audience for this information.
I was winning FFL championships when you were still sucking your thumb buddy.
Was that back when there was leagues formed by you and two buddies? GB three man leagues! Hehehe.... :cry: Sorry, couldn't resist!
 
You are sadly mistaken if you think Walker is going to be of value anytime soon. As good as he is, he plays for the Jags. If Leftwich goes down, no WR has any value. Even with Leftwich healthy, Walker is #3 at best this year.
Jimmy Smith thrived under similar circumstances in Jacksonville.I think the WR core there since Jimmy left has you fooled ... their the problem.
 
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MIKE WALKER

Wide Receiver, JAX

I believe Jacksonville got a steal when they selected Mike Walker in the 3rd Round. He caught 90 balls (averaging 7.5 receptions per game) for UCF while battling the lingering effects of a major knee injury. The JAGs new offensive staff have declared an open competition at the WR position so Walker has a great chance to make an immediate impact as a rookie. Walker has the receiving skills to stand out among a group that struggled last year to consistently make plays.

Bottom line: Don't sleep on this guy. I picked him up off the waiver wire of my dynasty league after virtually all of the other top receivers got drafted. :confused:

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He has gone 3.06 or higher in every rookie draft I've seen, waiver wire? How many rounds is your rookie draft?
In my 3 Zealot Leagues he has gone 6.05, 6.07 and went undrafted in the other where I had to picked him up in a free agency auction...Of course Zealtots drafts in early May before there were any reports about him...

 
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MIKE WALKER

Wide Receiver, JAX

I believe Jacksonville got a steal when they selected Mike Walker in the 3rd Round. He caught 90 balls (averaging 7.5 receptions per game) for UCF while battling the lingering effects of a major knee injury. The JAGs new offensive staff have declared an open competition at the WR position so Walker has a great chance to make an immediate impact as a rookie. Walker has the receiving skills to stand out among a group that struggled last year to consistently make plays.

Bottom line: Don't sleep on this guy. I picked him up off the waiver wire of my dynasty league after virtually all of the other top receivers got drafted. :goodposting:

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He has gone 3.06 or higher in every rookie draft I've seen, waiver wire? How many rounds is your rookie draft?
In my 3 Zealot Leagues he has gone 6.05, 6.07 and went undrafted in the other where I had to picked him up in a free agency auction...Of course Zealtots drafts in early May before there were any reports about him...
Yeah, mine was similar. It was held just after the NFL Draft.
 
Decent prospect. Certainly not as good as Reggie was entering the league, but I guess he could surprise us. Probably more of a Givens/Brandon Jones than a Boldin though.

 
I'm a Jags homer, but I can't recommend this guy, especially for the year, but also for dynasty. Jacksonville just doesn't score enough to justify drafting any of their WRs, maybe with the exception of Reggie Williams.

You'll just find yourself sitting there on Sunday frustrated, watching them put up somewhere between 14 and 20 points and seeing those scores come on running plays.

I mean, what's his tip-top numbers this year? 60 catches, 800 yards, 6 TDs? My guess is he'll need more time to recover and will come on late in the year, and have something like 30 catches.

 
Nice job of :bag: for a pissing contest, but I don't want to clutter up this post by trading barbs with some kid who spends all his time playing in free eight team Yahoo fantasy leagues. Like Penguin said, you are not the target audience for this information.
I was winning FFL championships when you were still sucking your thumb buddy.
Who is this guy?Judging by the date of entry into the Pool, you may still have a thing or two to learn about how things run around here. I'm not trying to sound condescending, you just need to relax a bit and take it all in. We're all friends here.
 
just traded for him in my dynasty league...i hope you boys are right...

can he really beat out jones and williams though this year....? this seems like a time investment...

 
so I'm enjoying my morning cup of coffee and the daily email, when I see this thread linked up with the teaser:

Our Footballguys Message Boards have over 23,000 registered users participating in a "flame free" moderated forum. We have a good thread on Walker you can check out by clicking here

And half the posts are from guys calling each other tools!

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so I'm enjoying my morning cup of coffee and the daily email, when I see this thread linked up with the teaser:Our Footballguys Message Boards have over 23,000 registered users participating in a "flame free" moderated forum. We have a good thread on Walker you can check out by clicking here And half the posts are from guys calling each other tools! :lmao:
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