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Charles Sims | Running Back | #34

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/19/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 211
College: West Virginia
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 3 (69) / TB
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Coach Dirk Koetter said Monday the Bucs will activate RB Charles Sims from the I.R./return list this week.
If Sims is in shape -- he has spent the last two months recovering from a knee injury -- he should step in as the Bucs' primary passing-game and catch-up back. Sims' activation will occur after a game where Doug Martin missed the final three drives due to an apparently innocuous injury. Sims' versatility should come in especially handy due to Tampa Bay's growing concerns at wide receiver, where they lost Cecil Shorts (knee) and Adam Humphries (concussion) in Sunday's win over the Chargers.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Sims' return makes Doug Martin an easier Week 14 fade. Bucs will be heavily targeted vs. the Saints, especially the passing game. Not only did Martin lose some late game work (due to injury) in Week 13, but he'll take on a Saints defense that has allowed the 2nd fewest FPPG to RBs over the past month. That improvement for New Orleans has coincided with Sheldon Rankins' return from an injury. Dec 5 - 5:01 PM

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Charles Sims (knee, I.R.) returned to practice Wednesday.

Sims isn't eligible to return to game action until Week 14, but he's officially been designated as the team's return player from injured reserve. The Bucs are slowly getting healthier. Sims has a juicy fantasy playoffs schedule.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 23 - 12:34 PM

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter expects Charles Sims (knee, injured reserve) to return this season.

Speaking about his team's rash of injuries in the backfield, Koetter said, "At some point, we’re getting Doug Martin back. We’re getting Charles Sims back. We’re getting Jacquizz Rodgers back." Martin is expected back any day and Rodgers is week to week, but it is good to get confirmation Sims will return this year. He is not eligible to play until Week 13, but he could resume practicing next week.
Source: WFLA
Nov 8 - 10:41 AM

Bucs placed RB Charles Sims (knee) on injured reserve.

This one comes out of left field, as there was no indication Sims' injury was serious. It's unclear if his season is over, or if he will be a candidate to return in eight weeks. Sims struggled mightily as a fill-in starter for Doug Martin, but is amongst the league's best pass-catching backs. His absence creates an every-week role for Jacquizz Rodgers, putting him on the radar in PPR leagues. Doug Martin could also be a little more involved in the passing game, boosting his floor. Sims turned 26 last month. 2017 is the final year of his rookie contract.
Oct 10 - 3:07 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms Charles Sims (knee) and Doug Martin (hamstring) will both be sidelined for Monday Night Football.

Neither player was expected to suit up after being listed as doubtful. Sims and Martin's absence leaves Jacquizz Rodgers as the Bucs' starter. UDFA Peyton Barber should also be mixed in. Both Sims and Martin will probably be ready to return after Tampa's Week 6 bye.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: The game script doesn't set up all that well for Jacquizz Rodgers, but he's the next man up with Martin and Sims out of action. He's a good bet for around 15 touches regardless of game flow, as he'll be the primary pass-catching back in addition to eating up a good chunk of the early down work. While Carolina has been stout against the run, these teams have averaged the most plays per game this year which could set up a shootout. Both teams also rank in the top 12 in terms of opponents plays per game.
Oct 10 - 2:31 PM

Bucs listed both Charles Sims (knee) and Doug Martin (hamstring) as doubtful for Week 5 against the Panthers.

Tampa Bay also listed DT Gerald McCoy (calf), DE Robert Ayers (ankle), and DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring) as doubtful despite the trio missing practice both Friday and Saturday. Ridiculous designations aside, all five will miss Monday night's game. Jacquizz Rodgers is expected to get the start at running back.
Source: ESPN
Oct 8 - 1:33 PM

Charles Sims (knee) is not practicing Saturday.

Sims is almost certainly out after missing the entire week of practice. With Doug Martin also out, Jacquizz Rodgers will likely get the start with rookie Peyton Barber perhaps seeing the first carries of his career. It is a situation to avoid if possible, but Rodgers makes for a desperation RB3 play in a tough bye week.
Oct 8 - 11:10 AM

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter told Sirius XM Radio that Charles Sims (knee) will be a game-time decision for Week 5 against the Panthers.

Koetter also said he "hopes" Doug Martin (hamstring) will return after the Bucs' Week 6 bye. The Bucs visit the Panthers on Monday night, putting Sims owners in a bind, as well as opportunistic streamers of Jacquizz Rodgers. The Bucs won't tell us ahead of time who they're going to start at running back. We should have a better idea when Tampa holds its final pre-game practice on Saturday. In addition to Rodgers, Cameron Artis-Payne and Fozzy Whittaker are low-owned contingency options for Monday night.
Oct 7 - 11:30 PM

Charles Sims (knee) remained sidelined at Friday's practice.

His Week 5 status is up in the air. The Bucs suggested Sims would be active early in the week, but he'll need at least a limited practice Saturday to have any chance of playing. Jacquizz Rodgers will start if Sims is held out.
Oct 7 - 5:10 PM

Charles Sims (knee) was absent from Bucs practice Thursday.

The Bucs have hinted that Sims will be active for Monday Night Football, but his week is off on the wrong foot. He'll need to get in at least a limited session on Friday or Saturday if he's to suit up against the Panthers. The Bucs will be forced to start Jacquizz Rodgers if Sims can't go.
Oct 6 - 1:42 PM

Charles Sims is dealing with a right knee injury.

Sims injured his knee early in Sunday's loss to Denver but still played 41-of-73 offensive snaps. This is probably just a maintenance day. Sims should be fine for Monday night's game against Carolina. It will likely be his last game as the Bucs' workhorse with Doug Martin (hamstring) set to return after the team's bye week.
Oct 4 - 11:18 AM

Charles Sims (undisclosed) was not at practice Tuesday.

Sims is not believed to be dealing with an injury, so this might just be a rest day or he could be missing for a personal reason. With Doug Martin unlikely to play, losing Sims would be a big blow. Coach Dirk Koetter suggested Sims' role could be reduced this week, but the Bucs do not have any other realistic options to lead the backfield.
Oct 4 - 10:53 AM

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter suggested Charles Sims' role could be reduced this week.

Doug Martin (hamstring) is not due back yet, but Sims could still lose some work. "Maybe we’ve got to go back and really fit the roles into the players’ specific strengths in the run game," Koetter said. "We definitely just can’t keep doing the same stuff, because that’s not working." The good news for Sims is the Bucs do not have many other options. Jacquizz Rodgers does not bring anything different to the run game, and Peyton Barber has not played a snap. Sims will likely still handle the bulk of the work against the Panthers Monday night.
Oct 4 - 9:28 AM

Charles Sims rushed 15 times for 28 yards in the Bucs' Week 4 loss to the Broncos, adding two catches for seven additional yards.

The Broncos appeared vulnerable on the ground in Weeks 1-3, but destroyed the Bucs' entire offense this afternoon. Sims was briefly shaken up in the first half, but never announced with an injury. With Doug Martin (hamstring) not looking particularly likely to return in Week 5, Sims will remain a mid-range RB2.
Oct 2 - 9:16 PM

Charles Sims took the rock 13 times for 55 yards and a touchdown in Tampa's Week 3 loss to the Rams, catching 6-of-8 targets for 69 yards.

Sims ceded six touches to Jacquizz Rodgers, but slid right into a workhorse role with Doug Martin sidelined. His touchdown, a goal-line carry, came after two failed attempts. It was a gift for Sims' fantasy owners that the Bucs stuck with him after getting brickwalled. Sims dished out a number of nice cuts, but looked a bit upright and stiff. He's an extremely useful player, but not about to Wally Pipp Martin. Sims will be a mid-range RB2 against the Broncos' elite defense in Week 4.
Sep 25 - 8:47 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Jameis Winston
2Mike Glennon
3Ryan Griffin
RB1Doug Martin
2Jacquizz Rodgers
3Peyton Barber
GLB1Doug Martin
2Jacquizz Rodgers
3RB1Jacquizz Rodgers
2Doug Martin
FB1Alan Cross
WR11Mike Evans
2Russell Shepard
3Freddie Martino
WR21Adam Humphries
2Cecil Shorts
WR31Russell Shepard
TE1Cameron Brate
2Luke Stocker
3Brandon Myers
LT1Donovan Smith
2Leonard Wester
LG1Kevin Pamphile
2J.R. Sweezy
C1Joe Hawley
2Evan Smith
RG1Ali Marpet
2Caleb Benenoch
RT1Demar Dotson
2Gosder Cherilus
K1Roberto Aguayo