Oakland Raiders: Pat Sims

Raiders re-sign DT Sims

March, 28, 2014
Mar 28
The Oakland Raiders stayed busy Friday with their third announced signing of the day, re-upping defensive tackle Pat Sims. The contract was for one year, per a Tweet from his agent Rick Smith.

Sims was a 16-game starter for the first time in his career last season, his first year with the Raiders after the Cincinnati Bengals drafted him in the third round of the 2008 draft out of Auburn. He had never started more than eight games in a season before and only once had played in 16 games.

How did Sims respond? With 49 tackles, 31 solo, and two sacks. He also had a career game in Week 16 at San Diego, where he had 15 tackles, 10 solo, with a sack. He never had more than five tackles in any game in his career before doing it to the Chargers.

“As far as the D-tackle, we don’t always have the major stats here and there but at the same time I go out there and do my job every week,” Sims said the week after that game. “The stats have picked up but I’m still playing with the same effort.”

The run-stuffing 6-feet-2, 310-pounder has played in 76 career games, 39 starts, and has 228 tackles, 129 solo, with seven sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, one interception and one pass defensed in his career.

His re-signing helps solidify the interior of the Raiders defensive line after Vance Walker left for the Kansas City Chiefs in free agency.

Earlier Friday, the Raiders signed running back Maurice Jones-Drew and defensive lineman C.J. Wilson.

Rookie glance: DT Stacy McGee

February, 27, 2014
Feb 27
How acquired: Sixth-round draft pick (No. 205 overall) out of Oklahoma

2013 season: Was a head-scratcher of a pick for the regime of Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen, what with their stated desire to bring in "high-character" players and McGee's rap sheet at Oklahoma. But Stacy McGeekept his nose clean and played hard when in games. In fact, he played in 15 games, missing one with a shoulder injury, and had five starts in the Raiders' last seven games at nose tackle. The 6-foot-3, 310-pounder was an imposing figure in the trenches and had 26 tackles, 15 solo, with a sack, and a fumble recovery.

Looking ahead: With interior defensive linemen Pat Sims, Daniel Muir and Vance Walker all about to become unrestricted free agents, the future could be now for McGee, especially if he adds bulk to become a prototypical nose tackle. He was a pleasant surprise in 2013 and should be counted on for even more in 2014, especially if the Raiders show more 3-4 alignments.

The Raiders' other 2013 rookies that finished the season on the roster: TE Mychal Rivera, RB Latavius Murray, TE Nick Kasa, LB Sio Moore, OT Menelik Watson, CB D.J. Hayden, DE Ryan Robinson, CB Chance Casey, S Shelton Johnson, WR Greg Jenkins, OG Lamar Mady, QB Matt McGloin and WR Brice Butler .
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Pat Sims started a combined nine games in his previous three NFL seasons. So you would imagine being a starter for an entire season for the Oakland Raiders would tax the defensive tackle down the stretch.

Except ...

Sims, who was dinged up in training camp, is playing his best football of the season of late. He had a career-high 15 tackles in the Raiders' 26-13 loss at the San Diego Chargers last weekend and has a sack in each of his past two games.
"As far as the D-tackle, we don't always have the major stats here and there, but at the same time I go out there and do my job every week," Sims said Thursday. "The stats have picked up but I'm still playing with the same effort."

Well ...

"I think he's done a good job of focusing in, and I hope he does it this week and continues," said defensive coordinator Jason Tarver. "He's becoming a little bit more of the wrecking ball that we thought he could be and really rolling off and using his hands and being consistent with his hands and knocking people back.

"He's so big and strong that when he just sets his mind and does that call right, he can be really good. So again, I'm expecting that out of him this week, and I think he'll play well. And that's good for him in the future."

Surely, Tarver has to wonder why Sims was not as dominant throughout the course of the entire season, right?

"Sure, but that's why you coach and you play," Tarver said. "That's why players need coaches and coaches need players. We've just got to keep working our process and getting better at all times. He's gotten better, so that's good."

The 6-foot-2, 310-pound Sims is one of seven starters on defense who are entering their final game under contract with the Raiders. And with continuity being a point of emphasis for this coaching staff, it wants to retain players it sees as keepers.

Sims, who spent his first five seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals and never had more than five tackles in any of his previous 74 games, was not sure what the future might hold for him, though.

Then would the prospect of returning to Oakland intrigue him?

"I wouldn't mind," he said, "but at the same time it's not left up to me. I can't do anything about that."

Then what about ending this season on a good note by upsetting the Denver Broncos on Sunday?

"It can set a tone for the offseason but at the same time we're losing a lot of players after this year," he said. "If you had more players coming back it would probably mean something, but for the players who are coming back it could mean a lot to them.

"Whoever they bring in, they're just going to have to step up to the plate."

Kind of like how Sims has brought it the past few weeks.

Midseason Report: Oakland Raiders

November, 6, 2013
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- You knew this was going to be a rebuilding year for the Oakland Raiders and, before Sunday's embarrassing 49-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Oakland was playing above expectations. Indeed, after a 4-12 season last year, the Raiders had a chance to win their fourth game at this year's midway points.

Alas, the Eagles and Nick Foles, who threw a record-tying seven touchdowns, had different plans and it makes you wonder if these are indeed the same old Raiders who have not been to the playoffs since 2002, let alone had a winning season since that Super Bowl campaign. The difference, at least on the surface, is this team has been in every game save two -- at Denver and against the Eagles.

But the NFL is a results-oriented business and at the midway point, the Raiders sit at 3-5.

The Oakland Raiders have been manhandled at the line of scrimmage in the preseason.

Oakland’s first-team offense and defense were not good in the preseason as they were both dominated It started with being hammered up front.

However, Thursday night at Seattle, Oakland did have a couple of bright spots on both sides of the ball that perhaps can offer some relief and hope in the regular season.

Free-agent pickup Pat Sims played well at defensive tackle. He was disruptive, although the Seattle second team was on the field most of the time the Oakland first unit was playing. Sims gave a push and he helped the run defense.

Scouts love Sims, who was signed from Cincinnati. The question about him is whether he can stay healthy (he was oft injured as a Bengal and he was injured most of this training camp) and how he’d react to be being a full-time player after being a part-time player. Still, Sims has ability and he will help.

At offensive tackle, rookie Menelik Watson played left tackle for the first time in his life. The second-round pick did pretty well. I’d bet he will get the chance to play left tackle in the regular season with Jared Veldheer out for the next few months with a triceps injury.

Playing full-time in the regular season could be a different story for Watson. But he is talented and he will get better, so he has a chance to help.