Sims was expected to play a role in the passing game for Tampa Bay. His absence will free up opportunities for the rest of the backfield to catch passes. Given the struggles for rookie Ronald Jones in that area, it is likely that much of that work will go to Peyton Barber. Barber is coming off the board outside of the top 40 running backs in drafts, making him an appetizing later round target.
It's still too early in the preseason to declare a starter at some positions, but Bucs coach Dirk Koetter took a step in that that direction Monday at running back.
After an underwhelming performance by rookie Ronald Jones in the preseason opener at Miami on Thursday in which Koetter said the second-round pick from Southern Cal was "average," it appears as though Peyton Barber has a good grip on the position.
"Peyton is our starter," Koetter said Monday. "We're definitely going to use Ronald Jones and take advantage of what he's going to do. We do have the two veteran backs behind him. Again, we've got three more preseason games. Let's just let it sort out a little more."
As the story said, most NFL teams use a committee approach to the running back position and the Bucs will be no exception. In addition to Barber and Jones, they also have Rogers, Sims and Wilson fighting for the role of third-down back. Keep in mind, we think Jones ends up the better fantasy back and have him ranked as our No. 34 RB.
The Bucs' running back competition is just heating up, and a virtual unknown in rookie Shaun Wilson could push veteran Charles Sims out the door. Wilson, an undrafted free agent out of Duke, showed during minicamp that he has some solid hands and special-teams ability. Considering the team re-signed Sims late this offseason and it's only a one-year deal, his roster spot is far from guaranteed as the Bucs' third-down back, a spot that Jacquizz Rodgers could also hold.
If Sims were cut, this would raise the projected volume for rookie Ronald Jones. There's a lot that needs to shake out in this backfield, but one fewer option on the roster could clear up the mystery surrounding touches in this backfield between Sims, rookie Ronald Jones, Peyton Barber, and Jacquizz Rodgers.
Former third-round pick Charles Sims is heading back to the team that originally drafted him after not receiving any interest as a free agent. The deal is for one year.
Prior to the Sims signing, the Bucs were heading into tonight's NFL Draft with a tandem of Peyton Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers at the top of their RB depth chart. Adding Sims will likely not stop them from taking a back in the draft, making this signing an unexciting one for fantasy purposes.
Sims' best season as a pro came in 2015, when he totaled 1,090 yards and caught 51 passes. Consider him nothing more than a late-round option in PPR leagues.