VIDEO: Bucs RB Charles Sims’ Early Success a Reflection of His Mental Acuity

Rookie running back Charles Sims has quickly moved up the pecking order in Bucs training camp, and fans got to see that at the team’s annual night practice Friday night, where Sims’ dual-threat abilities were on full display.

“It felt great to get out there for the first time and compete. It felt great,” Sims said after the practice.

He’s been getting a lot of work in with the second-team offense and even the first-team unit, but not just because he’s a powerful runner in between the tackles or because he’s got stellar hands. He’s also shown high aptitude, which has created more and more opportunities to get him on the field.

“That comes with understanding the playbook, knowing what you’re doing. No one wants to get out there [and feel] lost, so knowing what you’re doing, so most important, it’s understanding the playbook.”

Some of Sims’ early success can also be attributed to the fact that he had to learn two college playbooks — the first under Kevin Sumlin and then Tony Levine at Houston and then Dana Holgerson at West Virginia, where he transferred for his final season of eligibility.

“It help me adjust,” Sims said on having to learn things so quickly, especially when transferring. “It helped me adjust real good. It helped me learn real quick.”

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