“B+” Includes “A Bigger Dexter McCluster”May 18th, 2014
So what do defensive coordinators facing the Bucs do when Jeff Tedford lines up two big, pass-catching tight ends, two dynamic gargantuan receivers, and Doug Martin and rookie Charles Sims in the backfield?
Now close your eyes and think about smooth-hands Sims breaking off in motion and lining up in the slot.
(Yes, Joe realizes that’s 12 men on the field. But this is a fantasy, almost-reality scenario people on a sunny May afternoon.)
This is very exciting to former Bucs tight end and current Buccaneers Radio Network analyst Anthony Becht. He’s very high on his fellow Mountaineer Sims.
“[Sims] can run the football; don’t get me wrong. And he can run it well, but throughout his career he’s developed that versatility that we were talking about,” Becht said. “He can come out of the backfield, line up in the slot, you know, run wide receiver routes, curls, comebacks, do different things where he looks like he can do it [in the NFL].”
Lovie Smith might have said Sims can do a lot of things Lovie did with Pro Bowler Matt Forte in Chicago, but Becht sees Sims as more like one of his former Chiefs teammates.
“To me, he’s a bigger Dexter McCluster. And when Dexter McCluster was available in free agency [this offseason], I think a lot of people would have loved to sign a guy like that,” Becht said.
Becht shared these and other takes with Pat Donovan on WDAE-AM 620 yesterday. You can hear the full audio below. Unfortunately, Sims doesn’t bring the return prowess of McCluster, but he certainly can be a dangerous weapon if used creatively in the passing game. Keep in mind it took McCluster a year of experience to really break out.
Becht also explains why he gives the Bucs a post-draft grade of “B+.” Enjoy!