Just because you are a star in college football does not make you an automatic starter in the National Football League.
Take AJ McCarron for instance. The signal caller was a star with Alabama, but currently he plies his trade for Cincinnati Bengals as a back-up.
Fellow Alabama quarterback graduate and McCarron’s predecessor, Blake Sims, is finding it equally difficult to make the grade. Unlike, McCarron, Sims was not drafted and instead had to try his luck at Green Bay Packers’ rookie minicamp over the weekend.
Sims was successful in his bid to impress the coaches in Green Bay. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy did admit that the former Alabama star “made some throws” and “did some nice things,” but in the end those “nice things” were just not nice enough.
Subsequently, Sims has been left to make a hugely brave and potentially rewarding position change from quarterback to running back. Having initially started as a running back in college, he eventually changed to QB and started 14 games at the position last season for head coach Nick Saban.
It was reported on Monday by ProFootballTalk that Sims has another NFL try out, this time with the Washington Redskins, and according to his scout, Sims will try out as a tailback.
“Sims will move on to try out for the Redskins and his agent Kyle Strongin says that the team will be looking at Sims as a running back. Sims saw time at the position early in his career at Alabama before switching to quarterback and ultimately ascending to the starting job,” PFT reported.
“It may be a long shot for Sims to make it into the league as a running back, but long shots are better than no shot at all and that’s what it looks like he has if he insists on playing quarterback.”
So for fans familiar with Sims, how do you think he will do in the NFL as a running back? Does he stand a chance of making it in Washington as a tailback? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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