Steven Sims is Electric
For DC fans, Steven Sims is the Washington player to grab for free. In the last mock draft Take it to the Hizzy completed, Steven Sims was picked dead last. In the previous mock draft before that, Sims was not even picked.
Everyone is looking at Terry McLaurin for an early receiver pick. By everyone, I mean people that are not watching Washington on a weekly basis. Antonio Gibson is also getting some air time as the new shiny toy. But even with Gibson taking some opportunities, Sims will get his share. With Gibson and Sims being interchangeable at the scat-back position, that gives the luxury to Washington to keep everyone fresh. Fresh means all-year health for everyone.
Sims is a Receiving and Returning Threat
McLaurin is a receiver, Sims is a scat-back. While McLaurin will definitely get his deep passes, Rivera is probably going to have Sims moving motion getting quick shovels. Sims will be a proponent on Washington’s quick screen game, so expect a variety of ways for Sims to rack up points especially in PPR.
Steven Sims also has NFL experience, unlike Gibson. Not going at Gibson but sometimes, college doesn’t translate into the NFL. Sims has worked his way up from undrafted free agent to third-most targeted receiver… in his rookie year. With a “traditional” coach like Rivera, Sims hard work last year through all the turbulence has to count for something in 2020.
One aspect about Sims that is being a little overlooked is his kick-return ability. He does have proven experience returning kicks (one touchdown on 32 returns). Unfortunately, return yards are not usually counted but a touchdown is a touchdown. You could catch him on a week your starter is on their bye.
I’m not saying that Sims is going to “carry” your team, but he could be a nice weekly stream. Sims does have a role in Washington (albeit he will be sharing with Gibson) and he has enough electricity to just need one touch to take it to the house. Whether it’s reverses, a kick returns, or a receptions, Sims can get you points in unexpected ways.