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Bucs add former Alabama QB Blake Sims to practice squad as RB



Starting early on adding developmental players to their roster for the offseason, the Bucs on Wednesday signed former Alabama quarterback Blake Sims to their practice squad as a running back.

Sims, 6 feet and 215 pounds, spent two weeks on the Falcons' practice squad as a running back in September, and played the position at Alabama before switching to quarterback. He threw for 3,487 yards and 28 touchdowns as a senior in 2014, also rushing for 350 yards and seven touchdowns in his lone year as starter.

Sims is the second young running back to join the Bucs this week, as Tampa Bay also signed rookie Russell Hansbrough to their active roster, plucking him off the Giants' practice squad. Hansbrough has had multiple stints on the Bucs' practice squad and active roster this season as a backup.

The Bucs also signed former Northwestern defensive end Deonte Gibson to their practice squad on Wednesday. Those moves likely point to other practice-squad players being promoted to the active roster, with injured players going on injured reserve, as the Bucs did with tight end Cameron Brate on Tuesday.

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 1:15pm]


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