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Charles Sims | Running Back

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/19/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 211
College: West Virginia
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NFL.com's Chris Wesseling says Charles Sims' film called to mind "a slow-motion C.J. Spiller, lacking the explosive lateral agility and breakaway speed while showing nothing between the tackles."
We always take player evaluations from ex-Rotoworld legend Wesseling seriously. In fairness to Sims, he opened the year on PUP due to ankle surgery and was playing behind an atrocious offensive line in a broken offense. Still, he forced just six missed tackles on 66 rushes and averaged a terrible 1.36 yards after contact per attempt. Sims is a threat to max out as a strict "passing back," even as the Bucs' coaching staff talks him up relentlessly. May 25 - 10:24 AM
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ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas says the Tampa Bay coaching staff is "very high" on second-year RB Charles Sims.

Despite being outplayed by Doug Martin last season, Sims has been consistently touted as the favorite for the starting job in Tampa Bay. As the narrative goes, Sims was hand-picked by the current regime, and the coaching staff is down on Martin. That all may be true, but Sims looked overmatched between the tackles while averaging just 2.8 YPC on 66 carries last season. With his ADP steadily climbing, Sims has the look of a player that could become highly overvalued by August.
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 9:37 AM

Pewter Report says the Bucs want to feature Charles Sims this season.

Pewter Report is one of the best team blogs out there. "Still think Doug Martin may not play a down in Tampa this year and may get traded prior to the season," they tweeted Monday in the wake of Martin's fifth-year option getting declined. It's clear the Lovie Smith regime is understandably low on Muscle Hamster and high on its hand-picked man in Sims. But they have plenty of cap room and Sims has the look of a change-of-pace/passing-down back right now. It's a situation to track this offseason, especially with the Bucs improving their run-game outlook by adding two offensive linemen in the second round of the draft.
May 4 - 9:42 AM

The Bucs coaching staff is reportedly high on Charles Sims.

We heard a lot of this talk last year, but Sims only averaged 10.6 touches in his eight rookie appearances and averaged a brutal 2.80 YPC. Although the Lovie Smith regime inherited Doug Martin, they continued to use him as their primary early-down runner when healthy. There will be plenty of speculation about the Bucs cutting Martin and riding with Sims, but the more likely scenario is a thunder-and-lightning kind of timeshare. Sims was drafted to be the passing back.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 5 - 10:27 AM

Charles Sims rushed 18 times for 69 yards and a touchdown in Tampa's Week 17 loss to the Saints, adding a six-yard reception.

Both the carries and yards were the most of Sims' rookie season, while the touchdown was his first. Sims spent the first eight weeks of the year stashed on injured reserve/designated to return as he recovered from a broken ankle. Once he returned, he averaged a pitiful 2.8 yards on 66 carries, but was slightly more effective as a pass catcher, notching 19 receptions across eight games. Sims will likely be tabbed for change-of-pace duties as a sophomore, but could earn a bigger role with an impressive preseason. Doug Martin's grip on between-the-tackles work is tenuous.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 07:28:00 PM

Charles Sims caught three passes for 30 yards in Week 16 against the Packers.

Sims had just four carries behind Doug Martin, but continued to play in pass situations. His biggest play was an 18-yard screen pass at the end of the first half. The Bucs will close out the regular season against the Saints in Week 17.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 05:22:00 PM

Charles Sims rushed seven times for 34 yards and caught 3-of-3 targets for 45 yards in the Buccaneers' Week 15 loss to Carolina.

Doug Martin led the Tampa backfield with 15 touches, while Sims handled ten. Bobby Rainey got zero. Sims showed his impressive open-field ability on a couple of occasions, but is being utilized as an RBBC back. He won't be a viable flex play when the Bucs take on the Packers in Week 16.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 05:12:00 PM

Charles Sims rushed five times for -4 yards Week 14 against the Lions.

Sims gained 24 yards on a screen pass in the second quarter for his first touch of the game, but was completely shut down after that. Doug Martin did not get the touches, but he played the entire first quarter and appeared to be the back of choice in Tampa Bay. Sims is not worth rostering in redraft formats.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 05:00:00 PM

Charles Sims managed six yards on five carries, but caught four passes for 49 yards in the Bucs' Week 13 loss to Cincinnati.

Sims is still running tentatively since coming back from his preseason ankle injury. He was involved heavily in Tampa Bay's passing game, however, tying Mike Evans for the team lead in receiving. Sims caught all four of his targets. He continues to share time with Bobby Rainey behind lead back Doug Martin.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 05:32:00 PM

Charles Sims (ankle) was limited on Wednesday.

Sims should play Week 13 against the Bengals, but the Tampa Bay backfield is a situation to avoid with Sims, Doug Martin, and Bobby Rainey all splitting snaps.
Wed, Nov 26, 2014 04:23:00 PM

Charles Sims rushed six times for 22 yards Week 12 against the Bears.

Sims rotated series with Doug Martin through the first three quarters, but was out-touched 12-8 by Martin. Sims saw more success on the ground than Martin, but still struggled in the Bucs' limiting run scheme. Likely on the worse side of a RBBC, Sims will not be worth a start against the Bengals Week 13.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 05:00:00 PM

Bucs declared Charles Sims active for Week 12 against the Bears.

Sims was questionable after being added to the injury report on Thursday. He was limited both Thursday and Friday. With Doug Martin also active, Sims workload is anything but certain. The Bucs backfield is one to avoid Week 12.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 12:02:00 PM

Charles Sims (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 12.

Sims was added to the injury report Thursday and limited in practice the last two days. He should play in Sunday's game, but faces an uncertain workload. The Bucs running back situation should be avoided this week.
Fri, Nov 21, 2014 07:36:00 PM

Charles Sims was added to the Bucs' injury report Thursday, getting in a limited session with an ankle issue.

It's an eye-brow raising add to the injury report for a player who missed the first nine weeks of the season with an ankle injury, but we haven't seen any other reason to worry about Sims' Week 12 availability. His status will obviously be worth double-checking on Friday, but this is likely just a case of the Bucs getting Sims some rest coming off his first two NFL games.
Thu, Nov 20, 2014 05:21:00 PM

Charles Sims led Bucs RBs by playing on 33-of-52 snaps in Sunday's win over the Redskins.

Bobby Rainey started the game, but was replaced on the second series and finished with five touches on 19 snaps. Mike James did not even play a snap and Doug Martin (ankle) was a scratch once again. It left Sims to pile up 16 touches and although he was not productive (44 total yards), he's clearly making progress. "He is looking better and better," coach Lovie Smith afterward. Expect Sims to function as the Bucs' lead back the rest of the way, giving him some flex appeal heading into a Week 12 game against the Bears.
Mon, Nov 17, 2014 08:48:00 AM