RB Charles Sims - Free Agent
|6-0, 214||Born: 9-19-1990||College: West Virginia||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2014|
2017 Week 2 vs CHI (2 / 2 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
Sims fumbled and lost the ball after a short reception in the 3rd quarter, killing a Tampa Bay drive deep in Chicago territory. The coaches didn't abandon him completely, as he was targeted (and wide open) later on a deep wheel route that Winston overthrew in the end zone. Sims didn't see a lot of snaps, finishing the day with 2 carries for negative yardage, and 2 receptions for minimal yards.
2017 Week 3 vs MIN (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Sims split out wide right and caught a WR bubble screen that was called back for a penalty. He secured his only other target for a short gain on an out route, and logged 4 yards on 2 carries.
2017 Week 4 vs NYG (1 / 14 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Sims took a toss for 14 yards as he was featured in the 2 minute offense at the end of the 1st half. It was his only carry. Sims lined up wide left as a receiver and caught a bubble screen in the 1st quarter for a short gain, his only target.
2017 Week 5 vs NE (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 31 / 0 rec)
Sims saw his most involvement in the passing game all year in week 5. The Bucs fell behind early and had several "2 minute drill" situations at the end of the 1st and 2nd half that saw Sims featured in the backfield. New England's soft zone coverage, intended to limit Evans and Jackson's big plays, left room underneath for Sims to work the short passing game. Winston peppered him with 7 targets, starting with a deep route down the left sideline in the 1st quarter that was just out of Sims' reach. Sims was targeted on a crossing route in the 2nd quarter that Winston threw behind him. SIms caught 2 quick, consecutive crossing routes at the end of the 2nd quarter as the Bucs attempted a scoring drive with 34 seconds left in the half. Sims gathered a short curl route and another improvised toss from Winston for a 1st down as the Bucs drove downfield with 4 minutes left in the game.
2017 Week 6 vs ARI (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)
Sims continued to draw plenty of targets as the pass catching back, hauling in his first target on a RB screen late in the 1st quarter. Lined up wide left late in the 4th quarter, Sims caught a WR screen and followed his blocking down the field for a 25 yard gain, his longest of the day. He caught another dumpoff out of the backfield for a gain of 10 on the next play. Sims did not carry the ball, except for a botched snap on a 2 point attempt that he scooped up and ran out of bounds.
2017 Week 7 vs BUF (2 / 8 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
Sims didn't see any snaps until late in the 2nd quarter. He carried the ball for 5 and 3 yards then split out wide to run routes as a receiver. Winston targeted him on a fly route from the left WR slot, but overthrew him in the end zone. Sims hauled in a short checkdown pass on the next drive as the Bucs drove down the field in 2 minute mode. Sims saw more snaps in the 4th quarter as the Bucs tried to hurry their offense.
2017 Week 8 vs CAR (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Sims saw minimal snaps as a pass blocker and did not log any touches.
2017 Week 9 vs NO (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Sims spelled Doug Martin on 3rd down early in the 1st quarter, catching a quick out route that fell short of 1st down yardage. Sims caught another checkdown pass late in the 2nd quarter from a scrambling Winston. He did not carry the ball.
2017 Week 10 vs NYJ (3 / 20 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 10 / 1 rec)
Sims saw his first action early in the 2nd quarter, catching a swing pass out of the backfield for a short gain. Sims picked up a 3rd and 15 conversion with a 21 yard run around left end in the 4th quarter, and then sealed the game with a touchdown reception to cap the same drive. Sims lined up on the left side of Fitzpatrick in the shotgun, then took off right on a shallow crossing route, catching the ball and beating pursuing LB Demario Davis to the pylon.
2017 Week 11 vs MIA (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
Sims entered the game late in the 1st quarter on a 3rd down inside the Miami red zone. Fitzpatrick targeted him with a swing pass out of the backfield, but a linebacker keyed on the play and knocked the ball loose as soon as it hit Sims' hands. Sims split out wide left on the next offensive drive and caught a slant route, converting 3rd and 4 with a gain of of 8. Sims split out wide right in the 2nd quarter and caught a bubble screen for a minimal gain. Sims hauled in another bubble screen just before halftime that nearly converted 3rd and 17. Sims carried the ball once for 3 yards.
2017 Week 12 vs ATL (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Sims saw limited snaps in week 12, entering the game in the 2nd quarter for a target on a RB screen that Fitzpatrick threw into the dirt. Sims hauled in his second target, a wheel route in the 4th quarter that he took down to the Atlanta 2 yard line, setting up Peyton Barber's second touchdown run of the night. Fitzpatrick found him again for a short gain out of the backfield on the next drive. Sims logged one carry later in the 4th, conceding most of the backfield work to Rodgers and Barber.
2017 Week 13 vs GB (3 / 16 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 35 / 0 rec)
Sims didn't see any action until late in the 2nd quarter. He entered the game on 3rd and 4 and had a nice carry for a 1st down conversion. Sims split out wide right later in the drive and caught a bubble screen, dodging several tacklers for a big gain down the right sideline. Sims split out wide to the opposite side of the formation later in the 4th, catching another bubble screen for a big catch-and-run down the left sideline. Sims was featured for the final drive of the 4th quarter, carrying the ball several times. He caught another screen for a huge gain, but the play was nullified by a holding penalty.
2017 Week 14 vs DET (3 / 16 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Sims entered the game during the Bucs' opening drive, leaking out of the backfield into the flats for a reception that fell short on 3rd and 4. He was featured in his usual role during a 2 minute drill at the end of the 1st half, catching a screen pass for a 10 yard gain. Sims had an 11 yard run right up the middle of the defense late in the 4th quarter, finishing the day with 3 carries and 3 targets.
2017 Week 15 vs ATL (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 6 / 0 rec)
Sims mixed in on passing downs as the only back besides Barber to receive snaps on offense. He did not log any carries, and couldn't get anything going with his pass targets. Sims flexed out to right receiver position and caught a slant early in the 1st quarter for a minimal gain. He split out wide again and caught a curl route for a short gain on the next drive. Sims caught a screen pass early in the 2nd quarter and miraculously broke three tackles before tearing up the left sideline. Atlanta challenged the play and it was determined that Sims' knee had touched down while breaking one of the tackles, negating the big gain. Sims lined up in the slot and caught a bubble screen that was blown up behind the line of scrimmage during the two-minute drill at the end of the first half.
2017 Week 16 vs CAR (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)
Sims saw some action in the two minute drill at the end of the first half. His only carry went for no gain. He reappeared later in the 3rd quarter, hauling in a wheel route from the backfield for a 19 yard gain into the Carolina red zone. Sims also returned one kick for 16 yards.
2017 Week 17 vs NO (1 / 6 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Sims entered the game on the Bucs' first offensive drive, splitting out wide to run a slant route that Winston couldn't connect on. After that Sims was quiet other than a brief appearance during the two minute drill at the end of the 1st half. He carried the ball just once during that drive, and was not targeted again.
2016 Week 1 vs ATL (4 / 9 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 32 / 1 rec)
Sims entered the game in relief of Martin in the first quarter, recording a couple of nice runs on the drive that ended with Winston's only interception of the day. He didn't get warmed up as a receiver until the Bucs entered their 2 minute offense at the end of the 2nd quarter. After a short reception out of the backfield earlier in the drive, Sims drifted out of the backfield from the Atlanta 23 and then made what seemed like the entire team miss. Sims juked two defenders out of their shoes and then shucked three tackle attempts as he followed downfield blocks by Jackson and Evans into the end zone like a man possessed. Sims collected a couple more short receptions, including a crucial 3rd down conversion late in the 4th quarter as the Bucs attempted to grind the clock out with a 7 point lead.
2016 Week 2 vs ARI (9 / 24 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 4 / 0 rec)
Sims took over backfield snaps after Doug Martin left in the 2nd quarter with a hamstring injury. He was mostly ineffective as a runner, as the Arizona front 7 was swarming the backfield on both passing and run plays. Sims also struggled to get anything going as a receiver, securing 3 of 5 targets for 4 yards. He split out wide left in the 3rd quarter and was targeted on a WR bubble screen, but Winston's pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage, then bounced off of Sims' hands into the arms of a defender for pick-six.
2016 Week 3 vs LA (13 / 55 / 1 rush, 8 / 6 / 69 / 0 rec)
Sims filled in for Doug Martin as the lead back for the Bucs, and also saw his usual workload in the passing game, catching passes out of the backfield and also lining up as a receiver occasionally. He had a strong showing in both phases of the game, though his carries were somewhat limited-13 for 55 yards-as the Bucs played a good portion of the game from behind. Sims scored on a goal-line dive early in the 2nd quarter. It took several tries before Sims and the Tampa o-line could generate enough push against a stout Rams defensive line, but they finally punched the ball in on 3rd and goal. Sims' picked up his longest running play of the day on 4th and 1 late in the 4th quarter. Winston fell down on the handoff, but Sims burst through the center of the offensive line, picking up the yard needed and then some as he tore down the left sideline for the big gain. Sims' biggest gain of the day was a beautiful catch and run late in the 4th quarter. Winston tossed him the ball on a little wheel route behind the line of scrimmage, and Sims juked a defender out of his shoes before taking off up the sideline for a 33 yard gain. On the day, he piled up 6 catches for 69 yards on 8 targets.
2016 Week 4 vs DEN (15 / 28 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
Sims struggled all day against a dominant effort from the Denver front 7. He broke his longest run, a mere 6 yards, in the 1st quarter on a sweep around the right side. Denver defenders consistently made contact with Sims in the backfield before he could ever get any momentum going. Sims lost a fumble at the end of the 2nd quarter. The ball was stripped after multiple defenders stood him up in the backfield as soon as he took the handoff. Sims was only targeted 3 times in the passing game, losing 2 yards on one reception in the 1st quarter and gaining 9....He lined up in the slot and was targeted on a slant in the 2nd quarter, but Winston's pass hit the dirt several yards in front of him.
2016 Week 14 vs NO (4 / 17 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)
Sims entered the game early in the 1st as a change of pace option for the Bucs. He lined up in the slot and was targeted on a deep route in the end zone in the 1st quarter. He hauled in the pass but could not get both feet down inbounds. Sims split out wide right of the formation in the 3rd quarter and caught a bubble screen for an 8 yard gain. Winston scrambled right on the next play and found Sims drifting out of the backfield for another short gain and a 1st down. Sims caught a third consecutive pass out of the backfield on the next play for another gain of 10 yards. Sims was an effective runner in a very limited capacity, with 17 yards on 4 carries.
2016 Week 15 vs DAL (3 / 4 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
Sims worked almost exclusively in the passing game and carried the ball a few times(3 for 4 yards). He was targeted by a desperately scrambling Winston on a crossing route in the 2nd quarter, but couldn't hall in the shaky pass. Sims caught another dumpoff from Winston late in the 2nd quarter for a 12 yard gain into the Dallas red zone. Sims was targeted on a designed halfback screen in the 4th quarter that was blown up behind the line of scrimmage before it could ever get set up properly. Sims reeled in another dumpoff for a short gain later in the 4th quarter. Sims finished the day with 3 catches on 5 targets for 15 yards.
2016 Week 16 vs NO (3 / 12 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)
Sims' role in the backfield essentially stayed the same as the Tampa Bay coaching staff substituted Rodgers for Martin in the early down/lead back role. Sims took most of his snaps on passing downs, lining up in the backfield and occasionally as a wide receiver. He only carried the ball 3 times for a total of 12 yards. Sims made a couple of beautiful cuts to the outside on a 3rd quarter run that gained 14 yards, his longest carry of the game. Sims caught all 4 targets in the passing game for a total of 30 yards. His first was short out route out of the backfield in the 2nd quarter, then another short checkdown shortly after. Sims lined up wide right later in the 3rd quarter and caught a quick screen, taking it down the sidelines for a 13 yard gain. Sims caught a curl route for a 12 yard gain later in the 4th quarter.
2015 Week 1 vs TEN (5 / 12 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
Sims saw his first action in the first quarter, relieving Martin for a 3rd and 7 play. He was used more as a passing-down back, recording 5 carries and 5 targets. One of his first targets of the day was intercepted on a halfback screen play on 3rd and 2. Sims might be worth owning as a Martin handcuff, but for no other reason than that.
2015 Week 2 vs NO (8 / 38 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
Sims made his first appearance in the first quarter, running hard and also catching all 3 targets for 12 yards. He spelled Martin often on third downs, and was also featured for a few series. It seems Tampa Bay prefers Sims over Martin in the halfback screen game, though Martin did convert one 3rd and long on a screen pass that was negated by a penalty. Sims carried the ball 8 times and averaged over 4.5 yards a carry. He's effective as a rusher and receiver, but probably wont get much more volume than this unless something happens to Doug Martin.
2015 Week 3 vs HOU (6 / 11 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 41 / 1 rec)
Sims relieved starter Martin often in passing-down situations. His rushing attempts were similarly hampered by a constant Texans presence behind the line of scrimmage, but he managed to catch 2 passes for 40 yards and a touchdown. Sims scored his touchdown around the 4:00 mark in the second quarter. Starting out in the backfield in a 4-wide set, Sims motioned out wide left, and took a quick screen pass just past the line of scrimmage from Jameis Winston, who was lined up alone in the shotgun. Sims made a couple of defenders miss and got a little help from a couple of pulling offensive lineman on his way to the end zone for 32 yards and a score. Sims' per-carry rushing average, like Martin's, was lowered by several negative-rushing attempts as he was constantly hit before even getting to the line of scrimmage.
2015 Week 4 vs CAR (6 / 23 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 30 / 1 rec)
Sims entered the game in the first quarter during the team's 4th drive. He was the featured back on several drives, including the 2-minute drill that the Bucs ran at the end of the second half, where he helped move the chains to put the Bucs in field goal range. Sims carried the ball 6 times for just 23 yards, but he ran a lot of routes on the day. Sims' route tree looks much more extensive than Martin's. Sims ran outs, crossing routes, rb screens, and slants- even lining up a few times as the slot receiver, with another back manning the traditional RB spot in the formation. Sims caught 3 of his 5 targets for 30 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown occurred at the end of the third quarter. Sims lined up in the slot, with Winston manning an empty backfield from the shotgun in the Panthers' red zone. Sims ran a short curl, then took off for the back corner of the end zone. Jameis shuffled around in the pocket for a moment then found him for the touchdown.
2015 Week 5 vs JAX (12 / 51 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 85 / 0 rec)
Sims had a solid day relieving Doug Martin, and did some serious damage catching the ball out of the backfield. Sims averaged over 4 yards a carry, picking up 51 on 12 carries and securing all 4 of his targets for 85 yards. Sims' longest carry of the day was a 15 yard sweep on the first drive, where he showed great speed turning the corner. Sims notched the Bucs longest offensive play of the day on a nifty 57 yard catch and run to convert on 3rd and 15. He caught a halfback screen pass out of the backfield and found the sideline for the big gain. Sims converted another 3rd down with an 11 yard reception in the 4th quarter. Sims found the edge on outside run later that same drive, and dove for the pylon, but came up a little short. He got an opportunity on 2nd and goal from the 2, but couldn't quite punch the ball in. Doug Martin scored on the next play. Sims looks like a different player than last year. He has power and speed that complement Martin well, and great hands out of the backfield and lined up out wide. Tampa obviously wants him getting his touches out of the backfield, and he continues to produce well as the backup/ change of pace running back.
2015 Week 7 vs WAS (10 / 49 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Sims was his usual effective self, filling in for Doug Martin in the run game and working extensively on passing downs. He was unable to find the end zone this week, and didn't have the receiving numbers that he has put up in recent weeks. He received one goal line carry at the end of the game, but was unable to punch the ball in through a strong Washington push. Sims was featured on a couple of drives. His running, like Martin's, benefited from a solid day by the Tampa Bay offensive line. The unit did have some trouble with penalties early on, but they created some big lanes for the running backs to exploit. Sims had a 43 yard gain on a nice cutback run in the third quarter negated by a holding penalty. Sims lost an unfortunate fumble at the end of the game as the Bucs attempted to drive down with limited time to tie the game with a field goal. The lost fumble sealed Tampa Bay's fate. Sims doesn't have quite the low center of gravity that fellow RB Doug Martin does, but he is still a powerful runner who breaks a lot of tackles and gives great effort after first contact. His contributions in the receiving game could receive an uptick with all of the uncertainty surrounding the injured receiving core.
2015 Week 8 vs ATL (6 / 22 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)
Sims was a popular cheap DFS option because of his involvement in the passing game and the Bucs' shortage of bodies at WR, but he had an underwhelming day, posting 22 yards on 6 carries, and catching 3 of 4 targets for 24 yards. Sims got most of his carries during a second quarter drive that followed a Bucs recovery of a fumble deep in their own territory. Sims ran hard, picking up two first downs on the ground before being supplanted by Doug Martin once the Bucs reached the red zone. Sims had a couple of clutch receptions in overtime, one of them picking up a crucial 3rd and 3 out of the backfield and extending the Bucs game-winning drive.
2015 Week 9 vs NYG (8 / 78 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Sims led the team in rushing yardage and was responsible for the offense's longest play of the day, a 59 yard run in the 4th quarter. Sims took the ball off left tackle and broke a solid tackle attempt by a New York linebacker before racing down the left sideline for the big gain. Sims took over as the feature back after Martin lost a fumble early in the second quarter. Sims was featured for several drives until Martin reappeared in the third quarter. Sims also lost a fumble later on a third quarter carry, taking the ball off right tackle and dropping it as he shifted it from his left to right hand. He exited the game briefly but continued his work as third down back. He secured only 1 of 2 targets for 4 yards.
2015 Week 10 vs DAL (5 / 18 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Sims saw his first action as the feature back for a 2nd quarter drive. As with Martin, there just wasn't anything there for him in the run game as the Tampa Bay offensive line struggled with the Dallas front 7. He was targeted 5 times on the day but only managed to bring in 2 targets for 17 yards. Sims' first target was a deep wheel route out of the backfield that Jameis threw out of bounds in the 2nd quarter. His second target of the day was a similar play to the left side of the field on the next drive. Sims actually got both hands on the ball in the end zone, but couldn't hang on to the pass with a defender in tight coverage. Winston looked his way down the sideline again during a 3rd quarter drive but sailed the pass high. Though he was unable to haul any of them in, Sims was open on all three deep targets for the day and could have significantly boosted his number if he could have secured one. Sims had a nice 6 yard reception out of the backfield on the Bucs' final drive of the game to take the Tampa Bay offense inside the Dallas 10. On the next play, Sims picked up the 1st down with a carry on 2nd and 4. Winston scored the game-winning touchdown 3 plays later.
2015 Week 11 vs PHI (10 / 43 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 26 / 1 rec)
Sims had a solid day on the ground, averaging over 4 yards a carry with 10 totes for 43 yards. He had two more first down runs negated by penalties in the 2nd and 3rd quarter. Frequently lined up as a wide receiver in addition to working out of the backfield. Saw his first target of the day on a deep ball in the first quarter, lined up wide right in an empty backfield set. Sims caught his second target on a swing pass out of the backfield to pick up 14 yards on 3rd and 6. Sims caught a slant pass for a short gain while lined up wide right in the 2nd quarter, and had a nifty diving grab from the slot receiver position on the following play. At the end of the 2nd quarter Sims made a beautiful leaping catch between two Eagles defenders to secure the Bucs' 4th touchdown. Sims lined up as a slot receiver on the right side of an empty backfield, 5WR set when he caught his touchdown. Overall, Sims secured 3 of 4 targets for 26 yards and a score.
2015 Week 12 vs IND (4 / 8 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
Sims got to work in the 2nd quarter, first spelling Doug Martin around the 9:00 mark and continuing to do so occasionally for the rest of the game. Sims became the featured back in 2 minute drills. Sims had a slow day with only 4 rushing attempts for 8 yards, chipping in 3 receptions on 3 targets for 31 yards.
2015 Week 13 vs ATL (7 / 56 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Sims saw limited carries but was effective, turning 7 totes into 56 yards. He secured 2 of 3 targets for 21 yards in the passing game. Caught his first target of the day for a gain of 18 on an out route out of the backfield, breaking a tackle and slipping up the sideline. Had another 5 yard reception negated by penalty in the 1st quarter. His 2nd reception of the day was a HB screen out of the backfield that picked up 3 yards. Sims recorded his biggest run of the day during Tampa Bay's first 3rd quarter drive, taking the ball right up the middle for 25 yards behind great lead blocking by Luke Stocker, who was lined up at the H-Back. The offensive line also got a solid push and Mike Evans had a great downfield block on the play. Nearly scored during the same drive in the 3rd quarter on 3rd and 2 from the Atlanta 12 yard line. Sims took the handoff up the middle and spun off two tacklers as he picked up the first down. He recovered his balance enough to plunge forward toward the goal line, but another defender brought him down just before the ball broke the plane. Doug Martin took the handoff on the next play and "vultured" the 1 yard TD. Sims replaced Martin for half a series or so after Martin's lost fumble.
2015 Week 14 vs NO (5 / 10 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 64 / 0 rec)
Sims had a limited day on the ground, tallying 10 yards on 5 carries, but he led the team in receiving yardage. Sims lined up in the backfield and out wide throughout the game, catching mostly dumpoff passes and out routes from the backfield. Sims lined up out wide in a 5WR set in the 3rd quarter and caught a WR screen that he nearly broke for a huge play. Safety Jairus Byrd dove and was able to snag his foot and bring him down. Sims had a lot of green grass in front of him if he had avoided the tackle. Sims had a bad drop on a RB screen out of the backfield in the 4th quarter, following it up with a short reception from the WR position on the next play. He recorded his longest reception of the day in the 4th quarter, catching a short out route from the backfield and spinning out of a tackle for a 14 yard gain. He followed that play up with another reception out of the backfield for 10 yards. Sims got wide open down the right sideline late in the 4th quarter. He was being pursued by a slower linebacker in coverage and had separation and open field in front of him, but Winston overthrew him at a time when the Bucs desperately needed a touchdown.
2015 Week 15 vs LA (7 / 50 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
Sims worked 3rd downs in the backfield and was featured for a few drives. He also saw his usual few smattering of snaps from the WR position. He churned out most of his 50 yards(7 carries) on the longest run play of the day-a pitch left in the 4th quarter that gained 35 yards to set Tampa Bay up inside the Rams' 10. Sims' biggest gain in the pass game(19 yards) came on a RB screen late in the 4th quarter. He was stonewalled on his other 2 targets, which he caught for almost no gain.
2015 Week 16 vs CHI (4 / 45 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 72 / 1 rec)
Sims ripped off the Bucs' longest run (29 yards) in the 4th quarter on a shifty carry off right tackle and totaled 45 yards on just 4 carries. He also led the team in receiving (not the first time this season) with 72 yards. Sims' 3rd quarter touchdown reception was pure improvisation. Chicago only brought 3 rushers on the play, which began with Sims running a short out route out of the backfield. Winston was initially unable to find any receivers open, so he scrambled around until Sims reached the sideline and turned to run upfield. Winston threw the ball to Sims down the sideline, and CB Tracy Porter gambled by diving for the pass, which he missed. Sims snagged the pass and turned up the sideline for 50 yards and a touchdown.
2015 Week 17 vs CAR (4 / 15 / 0 rush, 11 / 9 / 74 / 0 rec)
Sims had a slow day on the ground, but gathered the most passing targets on the team, catching 9 of 11 for 76 yards. The Panthers got out to an early lead, and Sims was peppered with checkdown targets out of the backfield throughout the course of the game. Sims caught a halfback screen that he took to the 2 yard line just before halftime. With only 7 seconds left after the play, the Bucs tried two quick passing plays but missed TE Seferian-Jenkins both times, failing to score before halftime.
2014 Week 10 vs ATL (8 / 23 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
The rookie's 40 yards on 10 touches was a reasonably good debut. Sims demonstrated acceleration, a little bit of power after contact, and the vaunted hands that served him well for two college teams during his career. The problem with Sims' usage is it cut into Bobby Rainey's time. Not that Rainey is decidedly a better talent, but the starter knows the offense better and the rotation of backs often forced the Buccaneers out of rhythm as it was generating good plays. Sims also fumbled in the second half after five straight touches, which foiled a drive that could have been the difference in this outcome. Is Sims a better talent than Martin? We'll find out over time, but at first blush it's very unlikely. Sims doesn't display the same kind of burst, movement, or vision. At the same time, he's a little more decisive and doesn't lean as hard on his agility in a way that can get Martin into trouble behind a line that doesn't do running backs a lot of favors.
2014 Week 11 vs WAS (13 / 36 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 8 / 0 rec)
The Buccaneers running game can be summed up in all of two consecutive plays. On back-to-back carries, Sims ran the ball for 11 and 12 yards. Other than those two carries, the Buccaneers gained 25 rushing yards on 21 carries. The first nice run for Sims came on a stretch run to the left. Sims found a big hole between the center and guard and burst through it. He ended up tripping over a fallen defender or he could have had an even bigger gain. On the next play, the Bucs ran a toss sweep to the right. Jackson had a key block to seal the edge while the left guard pulled and led the way down the sideline for 12 yards. After that, Sims was very ineffective on the ground averaging only about 1 yard per carry if you subtract those two big runs. Sims acted as a checkdown during the game as well, seeing four targets which were all a last progression type throw and not by design. It seems as though Sims has overtaken Rainey as the go-to back for the Bucs, as he saw eight more carries and three more targets against the Redskins. He saw 31 total snaps, compared to Rainey's 19.
2014 Week 12 vs CHI (6 / 22 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Sims took a backseat to the returning Doug Martin, receiving 10 touches to Martin's 14. Sims broke a long run of 10 yards on the day that almost resulted in a touchdown. From inside the red zone, Sims took a stretch handoff to the right. There was a ton of penetration into the back field, but Sims found a crease, stuck his foot in the ground and got up the field like you are supposed to in a zone blocking run. The last Bear that had a shot at tackling Sims tripped him up before he could get into the end zone. Sims was also targeted 4 times in the passing game. The biggest mistake of Sims day came on a passing target. He ran a stick route out of the backfield, leaped to attempt to catch a poorly thrown ball and ended up batting the ball right into the arms of a Bears' defender for the interception. Overall, no Bucs' running back had a stellar day due to good run defense from the Bears, but also because they went with the 3-headed monster approach and not feeding one single player. Sims saw 26 of 79 snaps while alternating series with Martin
2014 Week 13 vs CIN (5 / 6 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)
Sims was used heavily in the Buccaneers passing attack on Sunday against the Bengals. Sims tied Mike Evans for the lead in receiving yards on the day. Sims had some designed screens called for him instead of the usual check downs he receives. They ran a fake receiver screen left and came back right with a screen to Sims that picked up 16 yards. The also got Sims the ball on a play action fake in which he ran a flat route immediately after the fake hand off. Overall, Sims was most effective in the passing game, catching all four of his targets. He received the most targets of all backs, but Martin saw the majority of the carries in the running game.
2014 Week 14 vs DET (5 / -4 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 24 / 0 rec)
With Bobby Rainey inactive, Sims and Doug Martin shared the load among running backs against the Lions. Unfortunately there wasn't much of a load to share. Sims carried the ball only five times for negative yards. The Bucs completely abandoned the running game as the Lions' stout defensive front continually got penetration and disrupted the flow of a running game for Tampa. Sims mainly played on passing downs and did snag a well set up screen pass for 24 yards, but that was the extent of his production on the day. Despite playing on passing downs, Sims didn't see many looks as McCown targeted Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans for the majority of the game. Sims performed decently in pass protection, but otherwise was not a factor in the game.
2014 Week 15 vs CAR (7 / 34 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)
Sims racked up 10 touches in the game against the Bucs on Sunday. He looked to have more of a burst than Martin. Although Martin did rip off the biggest run of the day, Sims was more consistent in gaining positive yards. Sims nicest run of the day came on a draw play from deep in the Bucs' own territory. McCown fakes the drop back and hands it to Sims who finds a hole. Once Sims burst through the hole, he ran laterally to avoid defenders before turning it up field at the sideline to gain 18 yards. Sims was also involved in the passing game. He played on third down often in the game and caught a crucial check down at the end of the first half that set the Bucs up to try for a field goal. On the play he leaked out of the backfield and caught a check down from McCown. He used his blockers and maneuvered his way to the sideline to stop the clock. Overall, it was clear that Martin is the lead back. However, the Bucs will be splitting carries and giving Sims most of the third down work. Sims played 25 of 55 snaps, while Martin played 30 of 55.
2014 Week 16 vs GB (4 / -1 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
Sims acted as more of a pass-catcher in the Bucs loss to the Packers on Sunday. Sims did receive a few carries, however just like Doug Martin, he was stoned on all of them due to great defensive line penetration and gap-filling by the Packers' linebackers. He finished the day with negative yards in the rushing column. Since the Buccaneers abandoned the run late in the game and leaned on passing down formations, Sims saw an increase in snaps, but still failed to produce solid statistical numbers. Sims longest pass completion of the day came on an 18-yard designed screen play in which the big Bucs offensive line got out in front and led the way down the right sideline. The play came at the end of the half and set the Bucs up for a field goal. The also ran the same screen play later in the second half, but the Packers were ready for it and sniffed it out from the snap. Sims only gained four yards on the same play the second time it was run. Overall, game flow caused the Bucs to be unable to get into a rhythm offensively. Sims did see six targets in the passing game, but the pressure by the Packers and their ability to maintain possession of the ball doomed the Bucs run and pass attack from the get go.
2014 Week 17 vs NO (18 / 69 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Sims and Martin split carries and rotated series in a game that required them to carry the ball a ton to sit on a substantial lead. Sims looked just as explosive as Martin, especially on his 8-yard touchdown run. From the 8-yard line, the Bucs lined up in a weak I-formation with the up-back lined up away from the tight end. The play is run off the left tackle and Brandon Myers kicks out two defenders from his H-back position. Sims runs right inside Myers' kick out block, shooting through the gap like a cannon and into the end zone. Sims should have had a second touchdown on the day, but he ran into his own teammate. Sims started the run off-tackle to the right, but bounces back left, then sticks his foot in the ground and shoots right up the middle through a crease in the line. He breaks a few arm tackles in the second level and has no one in front of him. He eventually slams into Tavarres King who has his man sealed, but gets pushed back into the streaking Sims. Overall, the Buccaneers' running game was leaned on for one of the only times this season, and it went very well. The Bucs' offensive line got a great push all day. Sims and Martin often reached the second level before even being touched by a defender.