Cam Sims officially a Redskins' preseason darling

Brian Tinsman
August 17, 2018 - 12:31 am
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In Cam we trust. How can you not love Cam Sims?

For a second-straight preseason game, Cam Sims looked like a man among boys, showing off incredible ball skills, a tenacity for the ball, and some nimble footwork to boot.

He actually improved on his Game 1 performance, this time making clutch catches in the end zone (called back by penalty) and the catch that set up the Redskins' game-winning field goal.

Here are the highlights:

These are the types of plays that create NFL careers. It's safe to say that with the film tonight, Sims probably earns a roster spot somewhere in the NFL this season, if not right here in Washington.

There were also a few lowlights, as Sims bobbled and dropped a subsequent pass to the end zone, as well as missing on a sure-catch that turned into a tough-luck interception for Colt McCoy:

These are the types of plays that cause incredible talents to lose the trust of coaches and quarterbacks. These are the types of plays that cause front offices to think twice about his future.

But these are also the type of plays that are allowed to happen in the preseason. Instead of putting Sims in the doghouse after the interception, Gruden went back to Sims and let him redeem himself. It's obvious how much Sims cares:

"I was very upset," Sims told NBC Sports Washington after the game. "But everybody on the sidelines kept me going and kept me focused for the next play."

There are those in the media and fans who scoff at the idea of preseason starlets. From Babe Laufenberg to Marko Mitchell and beyond, D.C. tends to swoon over mismatched talent in the preseason that gets overmatched when September arrives.

That's not the say that Sims will follow in those infamous footsteps. The book on him is incomplete at best.

Sims signed with the team in May as an undrafted free agent out of Alabama. As a member of the Crimson Tide, Sims had just 41 receptions and two touchdowns in four seasons. He wouldn't be the first college 'nobody' to become a 'somebody' in the NFL, but only time will tell if he can keep it up.

 

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