MIKE SIMS-WALKER, Wide receiver
In each of the past four seasons—two as offensive coordinator in New England, two as coach of the Broncos—Josh McDaniels has had a receiver gain 1,000 yards and score 10 touchdowns. His next in line: Sims-Walker.
The former Jaguar has had seven TD catches in each of the past two years and piled up a career-high 869 yards receiving in 2009. He has learned each of the three wideout slots, so new coordinator McDaniels will be able to use him in multiple roles and keep defenses guessing. "I'm hoping whenever we need a play, they call my number," says Sims-Walker, a fifth-year man out of Central Florida. "I'm here to make plays and be a good teammate."
Among the St. Louis receivers, Sims-Walker and Danny Amendola (85 catches in '10) are locks to make the squad, and Sam Bradford has a good feel for Brandon Gibson, who was second to Amendola in catches last season with 53. But no other returning Rams wideout had more than 20 catches last year. (Deep threat Donnie Avery missed all of 2010 with a torn right ACL.) Danario Alexander, who gained 15.3 yards per catch as a rookie, has been plagued by knee injuries. Sims-Walker himself is coming off a badly sprained right ankle, but he's healthy and could join Randy Moss (2007 and '08), Brandon Marshall ('09) and Brandon Lloyd ('10) in the succession of McDaniels wideouts who have made the 1,000/10 club.