Sims Poised For “Major Role”June 4th, 2014
Yes, offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford was in on scouting rookie running back Charles Sims, so Tedford told Joe yesterday.
And now that Tedford has focused his microscope even further, he’s extremely impressed.
Heralded for his smooth hands route-running, the third-round pick is a lot more than that, Tedford explained.
“Charles Sims has done an excellent job. You know he’s a bigger back who can run between the tackles. He runs with low pad level. He catches the ball really, really well,” Tedford said. “Assignments, you know, he’s coming along with that. He’s a good learner that way. And then, you know, you can’t really tell right now as far as pass protection but he looks like it, and on tape it looked like he can pass protect. So you feel pretty good.”
Tedford also explained his goal is to have a second running back that’s “not a dropoff” in skill and he expects all the 2014 draft picks to play “a major role.” Tedford, however, mentioned all the picks individually except the two offensive linemen in the fifth round.
So just what might Sims’ “major role” be?
Joe’s confident Sims will get a huge load of preseason work. If he can prove himself, then the sky is the limit. Tedford and Lovie Smith surely have no spiritual connection to Doug Martin, though Sims will have to be awfully impressive to oust Martin as the No. 1 back.