Steven Sims really flew under the radar last season despite having a pretty productive rookie season. 34 receptions, 310 yards, and 4 touchdowns later; Sims has entrenched himself as the number two wide receiver for the Redskins. His goal this year? Become Steve Smith for Ron Rivera. Not a bad goal to strive towards. Smith was a force for Carolina for so many years so I’ sure Rivera would be more than thrilled if that came to fruition.
“It wasn’t a bad talk,” Sims said. “It was right after we signed [Cody] Latimer, right after the draft. It was like, “[Rivera] brought in bigger bodies. I was like, ‘Okay, that’s what he likes.’ I’m not saying I’m on the cut block. I’m just saying: ‘Be different. Be another Steve Smith.’ He started off the same guy. They only thought he was going to be a returner, and he’s a [potential] Hall of Famer. . . . He was a small guy who played big. He wasn’t going to limit himself to being 5-9.”
First, you have to love this mentality. Sims felt disrespected when the Redskins signed a nobody. Cody Latimer stinks and has done basically nothing in the NFL. Simss felt a kind of way about it. Give me that guy on my team all day. Light a fire under his ass guy is always good with me.
Trying to become Steve Smith would be a great goal. Smith is a borderline Hall of Fame player who defined what grit is in the NFL. As a smaller receiver, I hope Sims takes on that same mentality. If Sims develops into a real player, that’s a game changer for a Redskins team that lacks weapons.