Expect Charles Sims Early, Perhaps OftenMay 13th, 2014
Many Bucs fans put down their beers and stared at the TV (if you frequented an Original Hooters location, you may have stared at something else), mouth agape, struggling for words when the Bucs drafted Charles Sims out of West Virginia.
The Bucs seemed to have been loaded with running backs, backs Bucs coach Lovie Smith talked highly about, Bobby Rainey, Mike James and,of course, Doug Martin, who has returned from an injury-shortened season.
A running back? In the third round?
Bucs general manager Jason Licht decided to explain the decision to Joe’s good friend, the dean of Tampa Bay sports radio, “The Big Dog,” Steve Duemig on WDAE-AM 620 yesterday, when Duemig asked whether drafting of the pass-catching Sims is a window into offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford’s vision.
“Yeah, you might be getting a glimpse,” Licht said. “Any of the teams I worked for previously, we put great value on running backs that we felt was a dominant receiver. Last year in Arizona, Andre Ellington fell to us in the sixth round. Looking back on it now, we would have been happy taking him in the second round. You want a stable of backs and you definitely want one with receiving skills, you want one with running skills and we felt Charles Sims has the ability to do it all.”
When Duemig mentioned that in a perfect world, players drafted in the first three rounds should start, Licht didn’t dispute that notion.
“You should see Charles Sims out there fairly early in his rookie year,” Licht said.
Perhaps the Bucs aren’t all that impressed with Martin’s pass-catching ability, or that they want him on a pitch count to lengthen his career, or the Bucs want to play two running backs who can both catch the ball, Joe is unsure. But it sure seems like running backs will be used creatively this fall.