TE Dion Sims - Free Agent
|6-5, 262||Born: 2-18-1991||College: Michigan State||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2013|
2017 Week 12 vs PHI (1 / 1 / -3 / 0 rec)
Sims had one catch for a loss of three yards, but did contribute maybe the most positive play for the offense when he stripped Malcolm Jenkins and forced a fumble after an interception.
2016 Week 4 vs CIN (2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Dion Sims was Jordan Cameron's replacement, and caught only one of three targets for nine yards. Cameron's timetable for a return is uncertain as of right now, but he is does have a history of concussion so it would not be surprising to see him held out of several games as he goes through the leagues concussion protocol.
2016 Week 15 vs NYJ (4 / 4 / 31 / 2 rec)
Dion Sims caught four passes for 31 yards and two touchdowns on four targets. It was Sims fourth touchdown in his last four games, and he's filled in very well for Jordan Cameron, perhaps performing better than even Cameron did as the starting tight end. Sims is not being asked to do too much, but when his number is called he is getting open and making catches, something that Cameron struggled to do at times. Both of his touchdown catches came from the one yard line, and all Sims had to do was run his route away from the flow of the play, finding himself open both times in the back of the end zone. His best play came on a 26 yard catch that set up his second touchdown catch. Sims ran a deep fade route from the Jets 29 yard line and Moore threw a high arching ball that led Sims toward the left sideline. Sims beat his defender down the field and secured the catch before breaking a tackle and meeting another Jets defender head on at the four yard line. Sims kept his legs driving and refused to go down, bouncing up twice off his defender and extending the ball just outside the goal line. He was rewarded two plays later by Moore, who found him wide open in the back of the end zone for his second touchdown catch.
2015 Week 6 vs TEN (4 / 4 / 33 / 1 rec)
Dion Sims returned from his Week 1 concussion to play the majority of offensive snaps for the Dolphins on Sunday vs. the Titans. With Miami running the ball more than they passed it, this is to be expected, and Sims has proven to be a valuable run-blocking tight end over the last season for the Dolphins. On Sunday, he caught a array of screens and short passes, and capped it with an easy touchdown from the 2-yard line. The Titans bit on a play-action and Tannehill easily lobbed it to his big TE for 6. When Sims does log heavy snaps like this in a lopsided game for the Dolphins, he's bound to make a few plays as a check-down receiver or uncovered target. He will only have any true fantasy value if Jordan Cameron goes down for a while.
2015 Week 14 vs NYG (5 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
Dion Sims saw some early targets, but fumbled one away to the Giants, giving them some early points. Then, on another drive later in the first quarter, Tannehill threw a perfect seam route that Sims got his hands on, but couldn't reel in. Like Cameron, he was barely seen from over the rest of the game from a receiving aspect, usually staying in to help protect his quarterback. Sims just isn't a naturally smooth catcher of the football, which is the easiest reason for his repeated drops, fumbles, and other mistakes. He is, however, a very good blocker, so that's where his future likely lays. Need to Know: Aside from Reshad Jones, who is playing at a high level, nobody on the back-7 for the Dolphins is particularly good at the moment. Asking anyone to cover Odell Beckham Jr. is a tall task, but Brent Grimes looks like he had cinder blocks on his feet last night. The Dolphins figure to be in some shootouts over the rest of the season with their linebackers and secondary looking so poor in coverage. Anyone relying on Jarvis Landry in the fantasy playoffs can rest easy.
2015 Week 17 vs NE (3 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)
Dion Sims didn't have much of an impact in 2015, but stands to benefit from a potential Jordan Cameron departure in the offseason. While Sims isn't natural at catching the ball, and is far from the most athletic guy on the field, he is a viable check-down target for Ryan Tannehill, who often flees from the pocket. Sims' biggest plays as a Dolphin have come on broken plays where Tannehill has found him for a 10-15 yard dump-off. Miami unquestionably gets better at run blocking as well. With DeVante Parker available to be the "go-up-and-get-it" red-zone weapon, Sims may serve as an adequate tight end until a better replacement is found. He likely won't be on the fantasy radar though.
2014 Week 4 vs OAK (2 / 1 / 18 / 1 rec)
Sims is getting a blurb today because he scored a touchdown against the Raiders. He reeled a very pretty 18-yard touchdown and dropped his other target, causing an interception. Unfortunately, Sims would not likely turn up on the fantasy radar even if Charles Clay went down. Even though he saw more snaps in the blowout yesterday, he only ran 15 pass routes despite recording a season-high in snaps. His hands are already in question, so if Clay did go down for any extended time, Sims would likely be asked to help out blocking. He was drafted to be a mauler in the running game and that's likely all he is.
2014 Week 8 vs JAX (2 / 2 / 51 / 0 rec)
Sims actually was Miami's second-leading receiver on Sunday, somewhat miraculously. The plays that he made were actually reminiscent of what Clay has provided in the past. His first catch was simple enough; he leaked out for a dump-off from Tannehill and took it about 15 yards for a first down. The second was a great throw from Tannehill as Sims ran a deep out, put a nice throw on him. Sims then dragged a few DBs for a gain of 38. However, Sims ran all of 8 pass routes on Sunday, and played just 26 snaps overall. That's on the lower end of his snap totals for the season, but he's a #2 TE unless Clay gets injured. Despite making a few plays against the Jags, Sims has been prone to drops and wouldn't be a recommended start even if Clay ever sits.
2014 Week 12 vs DEN (5 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)
With Charles Clay finally sitting down due to injury, Dion Sims got his chance to start at tight end for the Dolphins. He did about as much as expected, playing 53 of the 62 snaps, and seeing the most targets he's seen in any game he's played in as a pro. He had a very Charles Clay-looking stat line on those five targets, as he ended up blocking (both run and pass blocking) nearly as much as he ran a route. He did make a few tough catches with T.J. Ward draped on him, but he's likely to go back to his #2 role whenever Clay is healthy. The "big" play for Sims was a 3-yard catch he caught inside the 5-yard line to set up Tannehill's 1-yard score. Any deep league fantasy owners who had thrown Sims in as a prayer were likely ruing Sims for not getting into the end zone, but he gave it his best effort to drag the Denver defenders into the end zone. Sims has struggled with drops over his career, and will go back to being a non-fantasy entity when Clay returns.
2014 Week 13 vs NYJ (4 / 4 / 58 / 0 rec)
Sims, the second-year tight end from Michigan State, tied a career-high in catches on Monday night, in addition to setting a career-high in receiving yards. Filling in for Charles Clay again vs. the Jets, Sims actually proved to be the best downfield weapon for Ryan Tannehill. The QB completed seven passes of 10+ yards in the game, and three of them went to Sims. On the game-winning drive, Tannehill found the tight end in fairly tight windows twice, once for 18 yards, and again on a third down for 17 yards to set up that field goal. After seeing the zone for most of the day, Sims was able to find a few soft spots and convert those important first downs. Clay has had 58+ yards in two games this season, so Sims' output was tied for the second biggest day by a Miami tight end this season. It should be interesting to see how Bill Lazor figures out his tight end rotation going forward. Sims has been a blocking presence, for the most part, as the #2 tight end, which has grown more important with Branden Albert's injury. If Brian Hartline remains out for an extended period, it's possible Lazor employs more two tight end sets. However, it's more than likely the situation just became muddier. As long as Clay is out, Sims may be worth a hail Mary play for desperate owners, but neither would be recommended when both are healthy.
2014 Week 14 vs BAL (3 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
The second-year tight end didn't start, but after some good work in recent weeks with Charles Clay out, Sims took on more snaps than his teammate in the loss to the Ravens. Despite playing 14 more snaps, Sims saw the same number of targets, catches, but few yards than Clay. With Sims' good work in the run game, this situation could just become very cloudy. Neither Sims nor Clay was a real solid fantasy option when either was starting and receiving a full snap load, but if both are only playing between 50-67% of the snaps, it becomes even more difficult to bet on one going forward. Due to Ryan Tannehill's weekly passing yards ceiling, the tight end position in Miami had become a fantasy black hole long before Sims and Clay started splitting snaps this week.
2014 Week 16 vs MIN (3 / 3 / 35 / 1 rec)
Big tight end Dion Sims, who's been seeing more and more time throughout the season, played another 49 snaps for Dolphins on Sunday. His snaps really came at the expense of Jarvis Landry, as the Dolphins were successfully running and passing the ball in their two tight end sets. Billed as mostly a blocking tight end, Sims hauled in all three of his targets. Tannehill especially, looks very comfortable throwing him the ball. Sims offers a big target, and because he hasn't really been much of a threat as a pass-catcher, he's usually open. However, Tannehill found him on a few plays when he was flushed from the pocket. Sitting 6'4'' and 260 pounds, a pressured Tannehill could simply throw the ball up, allowing Sims a relatively easy time to come down with it. Additionally, on a team void of many big targets, Sims certainly provides a potential red zone threat. He demonstrated that on Miami's first TD, very easily beating an overmatched Sendejo for an easy score. Tannehill put that ball up high too, allowing Sims to make the uncontested catch. While he has suffered a few bouts of the drops, Sims does offer something really no one else on the roster can at this point: a big, wide target to throw to. While Sims has come on over the recent weeks, even with Charles Clay back healthy, it remains to be seen what role he may have in 2015.
2014 Week 17 vs NYJ (4 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Dion Sims closed out a productive 2014 campaign with another four targets, and another drop, as he played the #2 TE role behind Charles Clay. It was just his second drop of the season, with his other coming on a potential touchdown pass in Week 1 against the Patriots. Sims only ended the season with 34 targets, but he played just about 50% of the snaps for the season. He's obviously under contract cheaply next season, which cannot be said of many of Miami's other pass-catchers. So, that leaves the door open of Sims potentially being the starting tight end for the Dolphins come 2015. While that remains to be seen, and Sims has a ton of work to do to make that dream a reality, it's certainly something to watch for. Even if he's a starter, he still wouldn't be a locked in TE1, but he'd certainly be on the radar as a touchdown-dependent option on an offense that moves the ball and looks to capitalize on the short passing game. Far from a lock, Sims is likely to remain the #2 TE in Miami, assuming Clay resigns or another body is brought in.
2013 Week 3 vs ATL (1 / 1 / 1 / 1 rec)
Of course, Sims caught his one target in the end zone for his first career touchdown. It was a delicate pass by Tannehill, which Sims corralled nicely with one hand while being held by the defender. Sims' talent is intriguing, but as long as Charles Clay is healthy, his snaps will be very inconsistent.