Charles Sims Knows Secret To SuccessJune 12th, 2014
Charles Sims may have been a wee bit overwhelmed when he first arrived at One Buc Palace. One reason was he had no spring football at West Virginia, he was busy getting ready for glorified track practice, the NFL Scouting Combine.
So in the next six weeks or so until training camp begins, Sims’ face can be found in a predictable place. His playbook.
“Keep on learning the plays and stay up on the plays and come back in July ready,” Sims said. “You have to study your playbook, study your playbook. Make sure you are up on your plays and know what you are doing at all times. I have a lot to do to catch up with [veterans]. They have been at it awhile. [Fellow rookies] are just coming in. They have been here a while.”
Sims noted that studying isn’t just a part-time thing. It’s a virtual all-day thing.
“All night, all night,” Sims said.
Sims’ selection surprised many, as running backs was one of the few positions where the Bucs had a lot of depth. Even Joe was caught off guard by the drafting. Sims said it is not a bad thing that he is moving in on a crowded house.
“Competition is a good thing,” Sims said. “We want to compete to push each other. That’s a good thing.”
Despite being the new pup in the house, Sims said he has been welcomed by his fellow Bucs running backs.
“All the guys are real cool,” Sims said. “I ask questions and they help me out. Anything I need to know, they tell me. If I mess up on a play, they let me know. I am taking a step [forward] every day.”