Coming into the off-season the Redskins knew that they needed to upgrade their wide receiver position.
The Redskins did a so-so job in adding to the position. Although there’s no clear WR1 on the roster, they did add a lot of depth to the teams’ weakest link a season ago.
The Redskins have already had standouts in mini-camp such as rookies Terry McLaurin and sixth round steal Kelvin Harmon. The man stealing the spotlight from the rookies is second year wideout Cam Sims.
The former Alabama standout receiver looked great during training camp in 2018 and was one of the top Redskins receivers in the preseason. Unfortunately, Sims suffered an ankle sprain during his first career play and landed on Injured Reserve.
“Every Sunday I would cry because I wasn’t out there playing,” Sims told Redskins.com in March. “I just had to get up out of that. After I stopped crying, I was just like, ‘Man, let’s go. I can’t do that. Let’s go. Let’s go do something. Let’s go work.'”
Sims has looked good throughout minicamp no matter which quarterback is throwing him the back. Sims is out on the field making plays.
Although there are many receivers ahead of Sims on the depth chart, Sims is still showing the coaching staff that he deserves a shot in the NFL.
“The injury happens, and [Sims] is kind of a forgotten guy for a year. We draft some young guys. We have some veterans coming back,” offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell said to reporters. “But Cam’s in a great spot right now. I think he’s motivated to make sure that he’s in the mix every single day and when his number’s called.”
Wide receivers coach Ike Hilliard talked about many of the same things O’Connell did. Both are big fans of Sims and his frame and believe that Sims can be used in the offense in the regular season.
“We all knew and saw Cam talent-wise last year when he had an opportunity to play, so we’re all just continuing to be pleasantly pleased with the progress he’s made,” Hilliard said. “We know that he’s a taller receiver that can bend and get in and out of breaks. With his skill set, if he continues to develop and take care of every opportunity that comes his way and makes sure he limits his mistakes, he has a chance to really take off in this offense.”
Although Sims could turn into a preseason superstar, he would rather be making an impact on the field in the regular season. Now that he’s healthy, he has a chance to prove himself to the coaching staff and fans alike.