Lovie: Bucs Wanted Pass-Catching RBMay 10th, 2014
Bucs coach and overall shot-caller Lovie Smith was unavailable for media last night after the Bucs selected running back Charles Sims… except to Scott Smith of Buccaneers.com.
Many Bucs fans scratched their heads (or scratched something else later last night, Joe doesn’t want to get specific) over the Bucs drafting a running back despite having one of the deepest stables of backs in the NFL.
Lovie explained one goal he had in the draft was to find a guy like Sims.
“We wanted a running back who was a good pass-catcher,” Smith said. Sims is a “similar style runner as we had in Chicago in Matt Forte.
“We had three running backs who did a good job for us last year but we wanted one who had good size who could catch teh ball out of the backfield.”
Lovie, as general manager Jason Licht hinted at last night, said don’t be shocked if Sims is used as a slot receiver split out.
So now that the Bucs have four running backs to play with, maybe Joe’s suggestion that Doug Martin isn’t untouchable as some will have you believe isn’t so absurd?