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      Sims Was Just Too Good For the Bucs to Pass Upsims_zpse90c9803.jpgTampa Bay Buccaneers third-round draft pick, running back Charles Sims, runs with the ball during NFL football rookie camp Friday, May 16, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. Sims played his college football at West Virginia. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) By Rick Brown    THE LEDGERMay 19, 2014 at 2:59 pmTAMPA When Tampa Bay was scheduled to pick in the third round, the staff couldn't believe running back Charles Sims was still on the board.Sims has the size (6 feet 1) and the quickness and, with more than 200 catches in his collegiate career, the attributes to be an immediate success in the league.The Bucs selected him, and Sims didn't disappoint during rookie mini-camp.Sims was able to get deep on linebackers during the camp Saturday, pulling in what would likely have been touchdowns if it had been a regular-season game.Bucs coach Lovie Smith said Sims' selection had nothing to do with their feelings on running backs Doug Martin, Mike James or Bobby Rainey. They were just that high on Sims."We had a good running back group, but we felt Charles would bring something else to the group," Smith said. "He has excellent hands and great quickness. He has a little more size, a little more height than the running backs. You can't have too many good running backs. We'll let it play out, but he'll give us a little bit more in the passing game than we've had."Martin is still slated as the team's starter. In addition to 1,454 yards rushing his rookie season in 2012, Martin added 472 yards on 49 catches and another score. He has the same ability as Sims but is four inches shorter.Sims never had less than 37 receptions in college and had a high of 70 during his freshman season. He averaged 10.80 yards per reception in college.His college career started at the University of Houston. He sat out his sophomore season in 2010 because of academics. He returned and graduated on time and was granted a fifth year. He transferred to West Virginia and rushed for a career-high 1,095 yards and 11 touchdowns and caught 45 catches for 401 yards and three scores."I'm used to playing slot," Sims said. "Catching balls is something I like to do. It's not much of a challenge."On Saturday he showed that. Starting in the slot, he turned an out pattern, into a go route, easily beating the linebacker by two steps and hauling in the deep completion.The Bucs are also working with him as a kick returner."Charles Sims is an excellent football player, has excellent hands, which he's been able to show to us," Smith said. "Charles has returned (and) feels comfortable with the kickoffs. I wanted to know if he's ever returned punts. He hasn't. If you have good hands, normally you can do a few things, and we'll keep working on that."Whether as a third-down back or normal backup, Sims just wants to be on the team."As a kid you dream of being in the NFL," he said. "Now it's here. You have to capitalize and make the best of your opportunity."So far, so good for him.

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    • Anonymous

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      He sounds like a great receiver. Something our other rbs were not. I’d say Martin is ok at it but he had a few drops the last few seasons. I think Sims is underrated as a runner too from the looks of his college tape.

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    • Anonymous

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      I am expecting big things from Sims. He really flew in under my radar. I thought I did a pretty good job with tracking prospects but I completely missed on him. I was actually eying Hyde in the 3rd but if it wasnt Hyde I wasnt expecting another RB option until the 6-7th rounds, for value reasons. Hyde would have brought something unique to our RB group. Sims brings a pass catching element that we are also lacking. We wont be struggling to catch the ball out of the backfield anymore. He is such a natural pass catcher and a shifty runner. My fingers are crossed that the decision to choose Sims over an OG is going to work out for us. My only concern with the roster is the midget RB's and bad OG's. I think you can get away with one but not both. We really need Nicks healthy and Edwards to step up.

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    • Anonymous

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      The more I think about the guard situation the more I think it wasn’t a bad idea to stock up on playmakers if the guard you like isn’t rated over the playmakers. Need is always important but you can never have enough playmakers.

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      The more I think about the guard situation the more I think it wasn't a bad idea to stock up on playmakers if the guard you like isn't rated over the playmakers. Need is always important but you can never have enough playmakers.

      I think the idea is that McCown will make the OL look better, just like he did in Chicago. I am telling you, McCown was awesome last year. His ability to read a defense and know where to throw the ball in about 2 seconds was phenomenal. He wasnt staring down open WR's like our QB's were. He was releasing the ball before they even got out of their cuts.McCown is going to be great here. We are likely going to the playoffs this year.

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    • gobucs123

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      Can’t have too many playmakers on offense.

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    • Anonymous

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      With two giants outside and another giant at TE and Martin in the back, how much damage could this guy do in the slot?

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    • Anonymous

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      With two giants outside and another giant at TE and Martin in the back, how much damage could this guy do in the slot?

      Yup. Or out of the backfield with three giants commanding double teams. I am envisioning a great offense right now.

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    • Anonymous

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      Well hopefully he supplants Martin as the starter and we trade Martin or this is another wasted pick. Although Sims isn’t that good.

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    • Anonymous

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      Well hopefully he supplants Martin as the starter and we trade Martin or this is another wasted pick. Although Sims isn't that good.

      lol, that is so weak . .  you should work on your material MM. This is not creative:1. positive article on the Bucs2. MM posts negativelol, like watching paint dry

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    • Anonymous

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      Funny how Schiano had to replace Blount with Martin because Blount wasn’t a 3-down back and now Lovie has brought in a new running back to catch passes on 3rd down to replace Martin.

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    • Anonymous

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      Funny how Schiano had to replace Blount with Martin because Blount wasn't a 3-down back and now Lovie has brought in a new running back to catch passes on 3rd down to replace Martin.

      huh?

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    • Anonymous

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      Funny how Schiano had to replace Blount with Martin because Blount wasn't a 3-down back and now Lovie has brought in a new running back to catch passes on 3rd down to replace Martin.

      i think a lot could have to do with the type of offense our new OC wants to run.

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    • Anonymous

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      You’d have to ignore that they had Danny Ware (easy enough) and Brian Leonard as 3rd down backs…and a healthy Doug Martin.

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    • Anonymous

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      The more I think about the guard situation the more I think it wasn't a bad idea to stock up on playmakers if the guard you like isn't rated over the playmakers. Need is always important but you can never have enough playmakers.

          Exactly!

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    • Anonymous

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      The more I think about the guard situation the more I think it wasn't a bad idea to stock up on playmakers if the guard you like isn't rated over the playmakers. Need is always important but you can never have enough playmakers.

      I think the idea is that McCown will make the OL look better, just like he did in Chicago. I am telling you, McCown was awesome last year. His ability to read a defense and know where to throw the ball in about 2 seconds was phenomenal. He wasnt staring down open WR's like our QB's were. He was releasing the ball before they even got out of their cuts.McCown is going to be great here. We are likely going to the playoffs this year.

          Yep, and a spread with Jackson & Evans outside, with Herron & Sims slotted, and Jenkins inside is gonna be real tough to defend…

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    • vlagatta

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      I’m VERY excited about this kid.  Not only because of his ability, but because of the statement it makes as to what our new offense is going to be about. Although I know what he was trying to say, I just wish Sims could have phrased this better:” “Catching balls is something I like to do. It’s not much of a challenge.”

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    • Anonymous

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      Funny how Schiano had to replace Blount with Martin because Blount wasn't a 3-down back and now Lovie has brought in a new running back to catch passes on 3rd down to replace Martin.

      i think a lot could have to do with the type of offense our new OC wants to run.

      Apparently the new OC doesn't think it's so important to have a 3-down back.

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      In a more extreme example, I’m not sure adrian Peterson would excel in a mike martz or chip Kelly offense. He would still be very good, but even his immense talents dont fit every offense to a t.

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    • Anonymous

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      I am looking forward to seeing the new O! We can go with a lot of different packages. I think we also will be running a fast paced O more often this year. If we put to two RBs out there with  Evans, VJ and ASJ we can run anything we want without letting the D substitute. Fun stuff to think about.

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    • Anonymous

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      Funny how Schiano had to replace Blount with Martin because Blount wasn't a 3-down back and now Lovie has brought in a new running back to catch passes on 3rd down to replace Martin.

      Eagles went out and got sproles in free agency. Doesn’t mean McCoy isn’t going to be in on 3rd downs…. Same thing with Sims and Martin. We have no idea what there plan is yet.

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    • Anonymous

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      From whats been said by OBP, seems like they feel both Martin and Sims are 3 down backs, tho each one brings their own skill set with strs/weaks. Martin is the more downhill compact runner but also shows off a decent pair of hands, tho by no means is he even close to being considered an elite recieving back. Sims on the other hand excels at the latter, even showing the ability to split wide into the slot where he can burn LBs on the reg. On top of that, he shows the adequate burst to cut and go that should also make him effective between the tackles runner. At this point his biggest ? is can he break tackles.All in all I'm loving our rb stable this year, what with the depth in Rainey and James coupled with Demps unique skill set. Really looking forward to watching this offense go

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    • Anonymous

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      Sims better be a future Pro Bowler to justify this pick. The last position the Bucs needed in the 3rd round was RB, regardless how good that RB is pro ported to be. That pick set the rest of the draft of no names talent. So what exactly are the Bucs going to do with 5 RB on the roster. With Martin as the current starter, Sims based on draft status as the #2. That leaves 1 RB will come from Rainey, James and Demps.  Sims was a totally unnecessary selection at that point.

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    • Anonymous

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      Sims better be a future Pro Bowler to justify this pick. The last position the Bucs needed in the 3rd round was RB, regardless how good that RB is pro ported to be. That pick set the rest of the draft of no names talent. So what exactly are the Bucs going to do with 5 RB on the roster. With Martin as the current starter, Sims based on draft status as the #2. That leaves 1 RB will come from Rainey, James and Demps.  Sims was a totally unnecessary selection at that point.

      Ridiculous.He needs to be an efficient part of a stable is what he needs to be.  Reliable, efficient.  He is a THIRD round running back.  He isn't supposed to come in and blow it up.  He is supposed to make the team, and make some plays.  Now Doug Martin on the other hand...

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    • Anonymous

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      Sims better be a future Pro Bowler to justify this pick. The last position the Bucs needed in the 3rd round was RB, regardless how good that RB is pro ported to be. That pick set the rest of the draft of no names talent. So what exactly are the Bucs going to do with 5 RB on the roster. With Martin as the current starter, Sims based on draft status as the #2. That leaves 1 RB will come from Rainey, James and Demps.  Sims was a totally unnecessary selection at that point.

      Sims gives the Bucs a chance to run a modern NFL offense. All the other backs who can only catch flat-footed screen passes are only fits for Schiano's Stone age offense.

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    • Anonymous

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      Sims better be a future Pro Bowler to justify this pick. The last position the Bucs needed in the 3rd round was RB, regardless how good that RB is pro ported to be. That pick set the rest of the draft of no names talent. So what exactly are the Bucs going to do with 5 RB on the roster. With Martin as the current starter, Sims based on draft status as the #2. That leaves 1 RB will come from Rainey, James and Demps.  Sims was a totally unnecessary selection at that point.

      Sims gives the Bucs a chance to run a modern NFL offense. All the other backs who can only catch flat-footed screen passes are only fits for Schiano's Stone age offense.

      +1 lol.If this wasnt a glaring deficiency, we would not have had to draft a 3rd round RB.

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    • Anonymous

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      The more I think about the guard situation the more I think it wasn't a bad idea to stock up on playmakers if the guard you like isn't rated over the playmakers. Need is always important but you can never have enough playmakers.

      I think the idea is that McCown will make the OL look better, just like he did in Chicago. I am telling you, McCown was awesome last year. His ability to read a defense and know where to throw the ball in about 2 seconds was phenomenal. He wasnt staring down open WR's like our QB's were. He was releasing the ball before they even got out of their cuts.McCown is going to be great here. We are likely going to the playoffs this year.

          Yep, and a spread with Jackson & Evans outside, with Herron & Sims slotted, and Jenkins inside is gonna be real tough to defend...

      So you've already thrown Lavelle Hawkins and Louis Murphy aside for 2 rookies? Classic example of why fans aren't allowed to be GM's.

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    • Anonymous

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      The more I think about the guard situation the more I think it wasn't a bad idea to stock up on playmakers if the guard you like isn't rated over the playmakers. Need is always important but you can never have enough playmakers.

      I think the idea is that McCown will make the OL look better, just like he did in Chicago. I am telling you, McCown was awesome last year. His ability to read a defense and know where to throw the ball in about 2 seconds was phenomenal. He wasnt staring down open WR's like our QB's were. He was releasing the ball before they even got out of their cuts.McCown is going to be great here. We are likely going to the playoffs this year.

          Yep, and a spread with Jackson & Evans outside, with Herron & Sims slotted, and Jenkins inside is gonna be real tough to defend...

      So you've already thrown Lavelle Hawkins and Louis Murphy aside for 2 rookies? Classic example of why fans aren't allowed to be GM's.

      Actually, most of YOUR posts have made is clear why fans shouldnt be GMs.. Pot meet kettle.

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    • Anonymous

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      Hawkins and Murphy can still be depth in NDYs fantasy. Its awesome just imagining the possibilities, which also include Tim Wright and Brandon Myers and Doug Martin anyone? Looking forward to watching Wright burn some LBs and safeties for big gains.

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    • Anonymous

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      I like the potential of Sims. Good chance he’ll be a stud. However, it was piss-poor value.

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