The third-year back couldn't come close to duplicating his solid sophomore campaign, as injuries limited him to less than half a season's worth of games. Sims finished the 2016 season on injured reserve due to a pectoral injury suffered in Week 16 versus the Saints after missing eight games earlier in the campaign with a knee injury sustained in Week 4 against the Broncos. Had he not gone down with the latter injury, the West Virginia product was in line for what would have turned out to be an extended run as the starter, as Doug Martin would ultimately miss six games due to a hamstring ailment. Instead, Sims would go on to be sidelined for the following eight contests himself, which ended up opening the door for journeyman Jacquizz Rodgers to put together a potentially career-saving stint as the top backfield option. For the seven games in which he was active, Sims had trouble finding consistent running room behind an inconsistent Bucs offensive line but did display his usual proficiency in the passing game when given the opportunity. Heading into the final year of his original four-year deal in 2017, Sims' outlook is somewhat muddled, as the Bucs' backfield is currently in a state of unexpected flux; Martin, assuming he's retained by the team, will open next season serving a PED suspension, while Rodgers' status is still uncertain, given that he is now a free agent. Given his past body of work and skill set, Sims still profiles most in the change-of-pace, pass-catching back role that he's been deployed in over his first trio of pro seasons, but circumstances could potentially dictate an expanded role in 2017.
Head coach Dirk Koetter relayed that Sims sustained the ailment during Saturday's loss in New Orleans, but there's uncertainty regarding whether surgery will be required to attain full health. In any case, the Buccaneers will be down their top-2 running backs in the season finale, as Koetter has already ruled out Martin for Week 17. With Sims and Martin out of the picture, Jacquizz Rodgers will handle lead back duties Sunday against the Panthers. Sims himself has been dealt an ugly hand on the injury front this season, landing on IR for the second time after missing eight contests early in the campaign due to a knee concern.
Sims slotted into his customary complementary back role on Saturday versus the Saints despite Martin having been declared inactive for that contest, and that scenario is likely to repeat itself in Week 17 versus the Panthers. Presumed starter Jacquizz Rodgers has proven capable of handling a full workload, having tallied 30 and 26 carries in two respective starts earlier in the season in Martin's stead. Meanwhile, for the most part, Sims has proven to be most effective when afforded single-digit carries and five-to-seven targets in the passing game. A slight bump from the three totes that Sims received against the Saints is a possibility, but Rodgers should handle the majority of rushing touches, with rookie Peyton Barber also around to potentially take on any short-yardage work.
Sims totaled 12 yards on three rushes and secured all four of his targets for 30 yards in Saturday's 31-24 loss to the Saints.
Sims was expected to get at least a slight boost in touches with Doug Martin (coach's decision) inactive Saturday, but essentially saw his role and playing time go unchanged. He was once again effective in his typical pass-catching role, while gaining all 12 of his rushing yards on one of his three totes. He figures to slot in for the same type of workload in Week 17 versus the Panthers, irrespective of who he shares the backfield with.
Sims should see an increase in touches with Doug Martin (coach's decision) declared a surprise inactive for Saturday's Week 16 tilt versus the Saints.
The third-year back will likely cede much of the early-down work to Jacquizz Rodgers, but is likely to see a boost in overall touches with Martin out of the picture. Sims still profiles most prominently in the passing game, yet could approach the season-high 15 carries he tallied in Week 4 versus the Broncos.
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||8||0||66||185||2.8||20||1||1||10|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||0||107||529||4.9||59||0||4||20|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||7||2||51||149||2.9||23||1||1||6|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||8||0||19||190||10.0||24||0||2||0||6|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||0||51||561||11.0||56||4||3||2||22|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||7||2||24||190||7.9||33||1||2||0||9|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||8||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||7||5||5.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||8||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||7||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|