The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got some rough injury news on Thursday. Fourth-year running back Charles Sims was placed on IR with a knee injury.
This is definitely a big blow for Tampa’s backfield depth.
Sims had his best year in 2015. Then, he rushed for 529 and added 51 receptions for 561 yards, all career highs.
In 2017, Sims played in all 16 games for the Bucs. He ran for only 95 yards, but added a solid 35 receptions for 249 yards.
Excluding 2015, Sims has never topped 185 rushing yards in his career. So, this injury shouldn’t impact Tampa’s running attack in a profound way. But his absence means that starting running back Peyton Barber — who caught 16 passes for 114 yards a season ago — should catch more passes out of the backfield.
It might also place more of an onus on a struggling rookie in that of second-round pick Ronald Jones.