Buccaneers' Charles Sims: Could see extra carries during Martin suspension

Sims is likely to see a slight boost in snaps during the first three games of the regular season while Doug Martin finishes serving his suspension, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

General manager Jason Licht commented that the Bucs are leaning toward taking a committee approach at running back for the first three weeks of the season, meaning Sims could be in for added touches along with the likes of Jacquizz Rodgers and fifth-round pick Jeremy McNichols. Sims is primarily renowned for his pass-catching prowess, though he did log double-digit carries in Weeks 3 and 4 last season when Martin was sidelined with a hamstring injury. Coach Dirk Koetter has emphasized that Sims' pass-blocking skills are another trait that makes him particularly valuable on third downs, but with the team apparently striving for a true timeshare in the backfield while Martin is out, the fourth-year back projects for slightly more work than usual as a runner on first and second down as well.

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