by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
According to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN (click here for the article):
“Sims was eligible to begin practicing this week, but he didn’t. When asked if he might return to practice next week, Sims said he hoped so but that decision would be up to the coaching staff and trainers.”
He’s eligible to return on November 2 and it’s easy to imagine him taking a big role as soon as he’s deemed healthy. Tampa Bay is averaging a meager 89.8 rushing yards per game, fifth fewest in the league. Part of it has been driven by lack of chances, as their 4.3 yards per carry is respectable. Still, no one has stood out (aside from one big performance).
Bobby Rainey had 144 yards on 22 carries early in the season. You take out that one performance and he’s managed just 118 yards on 32 carries, good for just 3.7 YPC.
Doug Martin has been even worse, never managing a breakout performance with a pathetic 2.9 YPC on the season.
There are concerns whether Sims can hold up to a full workload, but after being selected early in the third round it wouldn’t be surprising to see Tampa Bay give him a chance (remember, the same concerns were there regarding Andre Ellington). There’s no questioning Sims’ upside, as NFL.com said prior to the draft:
“Athletic, competitive, tough, upright slasher who is an asset as a receiver — hands rate among the best on a RB in recent years.”
The Buccaneers staff was also impressed with Sims prior to his injury, just adding to the speculation. Coaches Lovie Smith was quoted by Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times (click here for the article) as saying:
“I think you can tell, especially at skill positions, does a guy have it?” coach Lovie Smith said. “Charles Sims, I would say, has it. He hasn’t played a game and right now we’re not live an awful lot. But you can see enough in him to like his future with us. Just talking about it, that’s the last thing. He can carry the ball or he can catch the ball. Protections for any young back, that’s the thing that they will have the most trouble with early on. But he’s picked things up fairly well quickly.”
Given the struggles of the other running backs and the upside Sims brings, it’s a good bet he gets his shot. In keeper/dynasty leagues he’s a must stash immediately. Even in deeper leagues where finding RB on the wire is difficult, now is the time to act.
Opportunity + Potential = Worth the Addition.
It’s a simple formula, and one that someone like Denard Robinson proved this past week is worth investing in.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com, Tampa Bay Times
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