Can the Bucs motivate Sims?
Determining whether new defensive tackle Ryan Sims can regain his form will be one of the chief missions of the defensive coaches this summer. This week's practices gave coaches the first real look at him in a full-squad environment, and the initial reports are positive.
Sims, who was traded to Tampa Bay earlier this month, never maxed out in Kansas City after becoming a No. 6 overall pick by the Chiefs. But the Bucs hope to motivate him enough to tap into the talent they believe is there.
If all goes according to plan, the mission will begin with a little weight loss.
"My guess is he’s around 330 (pounds)," defensive line coach Larry Coyer said. "We’re trying to get him to where he’s around 320. When he can get himself bent and cocked, he’s a powerful guy. He can come out of his stance and he’s a powerful man.
"He’s a great-looking prospect to me. He was one of the top six guys (drafted). There was something there. Sometimes you just need a fresh start."
Sims has been working at nose tackle behind Chris Hovan this week, but Coyer expects him to be an option at nose and under tackle. The Bucs sure could use the depth, which is a reason they're hoping they can make something of Sims.