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Charles Sims | Running Back

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/19/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 214
College: West Virginia
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Bucs placed RB Charles Sims (ankle) on injured reserve with a designation to return.
Sims will be eligible to come off the list after eight games, but he's not expected back that quickly after undergoing ankle surgery in mid-August. Anywhere from Week 10 to Week 13 is more realistic. Doug Martin, who has been able to change the coaches' opinion of him as a passing back, is expected to handle the majority of the third-down reps Sims was drafted to fill. Sep 3 - 9:19 AM

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Buccaneers rookie RB Charles Sims underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right ankle Saturday.

The earliest Sims is expected back is Week 10, and it remains a distinct possibility he misses the season entirely. He will likely be placed on injured reserve/designated for return. Sims has no value in redraft leagues.
Aug 16 - 12:36 PM

The Tampa Bay Times considers rookie Charles Sims (ankle surgery) unlikely to be available before Week 13.

The window beat writer Rick Stroud gives is Weeks 13-15. If Sims suffers any setbacks, "he would likely miss the season." It sounds like Sims is either headed to I.R. or injured reserve/designated for return. Sims is completely off the radar in re-draft leagues. He's roughly an RB5 in Dynasty settings.
Aug 15 - 4:45 PM

Bucs rookie RB Charles Sims will miss 12-14 weeks after undergoing surgery on his right ankle.

The surgery will take place Saturday to repair Sims' fractured ankle. He may be a candidate for injured reserve/designated for return, or even the permanent I.R. list. The Bucs used a top-70 draft pick on Sims in hopes of utilizing him as a passing-game specialist behind Doug Martin. Bobby Rainey now becomes the favorite for change-of-pace duties, while Mike James should be a lock for the final 53. Martin's fantasy value certainly isn't hurt by Sims' absence. He could see a few more targets in the passing game.
Aug 15 - 2:54 PM

Charles Sims suffered a right ankle injury in Tuesday's practice, and was spotted in a walking boot on Thursday.

The fact that Sims wasn't on crutches is a sign that he's avoided a high-ankle sprain, but he should still be considered week to week, and questionable for Tampa Bay's regular-season dress rehearsal on August 23. He'll obviously miss Saturday's game against the Dolphins. It leaves a small opening for Doug Martin to reclaim work on third down, though he also has to contend with Bobby Rainey. It's a situation for Martin owners to follow closely.
Aug 14 - 2:21 PM

Charles Sims rushed for 13 yards on six carries in Friday night's preseason opener against the Jaguars, adding three catches for 32 yards.

None of Sims, Doug Martin, or Bobby Rainey could get much going on the ground behind a pitiful offensive line. Martin got the start, while Rainey was the second running back in, followed up by third-round rookie Sims. Sims has gobs more upside than Rainey, is a big back, and a natural in the passing game. We like Sims' chances of leapfrogging Rainey on the depth chart before Week 1.
Aug 8 - 11:01 PM

Bucs RBs coach Tim Spencer said third-round RB Charles Sims reminds him of Matt Forte.

Spencer coached Forte in Chicago before reuniting with Lovie Smith in Tampa Bay. "Charles Sims, I would say, has it," Smith said. "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." Sims caught 203 passes at West Virginia and by all accounts has been a plus pass protector in camp. He projects as Doug Martin's top backup and change-of-pace. Sims is worth a late-round flier in re-draft leagues.
Aug 6 - 6:04 PM

Bucs signed No. 69 overall RB Charles Sims to a four-year contract.

Sims is ticketed for passing-game duties, but could siphon the occasional early-down carry from Doug Martin, whom the Bucs' current regime did not draft. "He's a bigger back who can run between the tackles," OC Jeff Tedford said of Sims earlier this month. "He runs with a low pad level and catches the ball really, really well." Sims will be a nice late-round flier for anyone taking the Martin plunge. He should be 100 percent owned in Dynasty leagues.
Jun 12 - 4:07 PM

Bucs OC Jeff Tedford indicated that he sees third-round pick Charles Sims as a complete back.

Sims is penciled in as Tampa Bay's passing-down back, but it isn't out of the question that he could eventually push Doug Martin for carries. "He's a bigger back who can run between the tackles," Tedford said of Sims. "He runs with a low pad level and catches the ball really, really well. ... (And) it looks on tape like he can pass protect." Sims is a recommended handcuff pick for Martin owners, and could cut into Martin's workload more than some observers expect.
Jun 4 - 11:54 PM

Coach Lovie Smith said the Bucs used a third-round pick on West Virginia RB Charles Sims because "he gives us a little more in the passing game than what we've had."

The Bucs had significant needs along the offensive and defensive lines, but still chose Sims (ahead of Tre Mason and Davonte Freeman). The man who caught an impressive 203 passes in his NCAA career is going to have an immediate role as a receiver and change-of-pace behind Doug Martin. "We just felt like Charles would bring something else," Smith said. "I'm talking about as a pass catcher out of the backfield. He has excellent hands, great quickness." Martin remains a two-down back.
May 19 - 9:22 AM

Buccaneers selected West Virginia RB Charles Sims with the No. 69 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Sims (5-foot-11 7/8, 214) will be a 24-year-old rookie after a five-year college career, spending his first four at Houston before finishing at WVU. He's joining a crowded backfield in Tampa. All told, Sims turned 592 carries into 3,465 yards (5.85 YPC) and 40 touchdowns, adding a whopping 203 receptions. Sims ran 4.48 at the Combine with a 37 1/2-inch vertical and impressive 10-foot-6 broad jump. Sims isn't flashy on film, but has some Matt Forte/DeMarco Murray to him with a linear running style but outstanding vision, plus burst and arguably the best receiving/pass pro combination in the draft. Even if Sims lacks franchise-runner upside, he should assimilate quickly in the NFL. The fact that the Bucs were willing to spend a third-round pick makes Sims a good bet for No. 2 duties behind Doug Martin. His selection is bad news for Bobby Rainey and Mike James.
May 9 - 9:48 PM

NFL Films' guru Greg Cosell stated on the Ross Tucker Podcast that he can envision NFL teams likening West Virginia RB Charles Sims to Bears two-time Pro Bowler Matt Forte.

This has been a common comparison among draftniks, but Cosell doesn't study prospects until the NFL offseason. "I don't think he's quite as smooth and fluid a runner as Forte," Cosell said of Sims. "He doesn't have sort of that natural fluidity. He's a little choppy and a little stop and start. But he's got really good acceleration. He can get to the perimeter. He's a really good receiver. So he's got that runner-receiver multi-dimensional skill set that brings to mind a Matt Forte. And I don't think he'll be a first-round pick, but I think he's an intriguing prospect."
Mar 26 - 8:48 PM

West Virginia RB Charles Sims clocked unofficial forty times of 4.47 and 4.48 at the NFL Scouting Combine.

They're very good times for a back considered "ordinary" in some circles. Sims has drawn Matt Forte comparisons for his size (6'0/214) and all-around game. He is the premier pass protector in this year's running back class, and can now add plus long speed to his resume. Sims is not quite a special talent, but has a chance to play early in the NFL. His on-field "FBI" (football intelligence) stands out consistently on West Virginia tape.
Feb 23 - 3:44 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Mike Glennon
2Josh McCown
3Mike Kafka
RB1Doug Martin
2Bobby Rainey
3Mike James
4Charles Sims
GLB1Doug Martin
2Mike James
3RB1Doug Martin
2Bobby Rainey
FB1Jorvorskie Lane
WR11Vincent Jackson
2Louis Murphy
3Solomon Patton
WR21Mike Evans
2Robert Herron
3Russell Shepard
WR31Robert Herron
TE1Austin Seferian-Jenkins
2Brandon Myers
3Luke Stocker
K1Patrick Murray