West Virginia RB Charles Sims is expected to meet with the team later today. Coach Gruden has stated that he likes running backs that can also catch the football effectively. It was previously reported that the Redskins were meeting with ASU RB Marion Grice. Alfred Morris and Roy Helu should have the top two spots locked up on the roster, but after that there are questions.
Evan Royster was drafted the same year as Helu, and both are free agents next year. Royster has been an average backup who has not seen the field much recently and suffered a high ankle sprain last year that ended his season. Chris Thompson was a 5th round draft pick last year, but started the offseason recovering from injuries, and ended the year on injured reserve with a torn labrum in his shoulder. Gruden seems to like him, but sometimes that's not enough if you don't see the field.
"He’s a guy who has to stay healthy and do his best to get on the field so we can see what he can do," Gruden said. "Interesting guy. He’s very, very exciting when he gets the ball in his hands, but it’s hard to get the ball in his hands when he’s not out there."
Sims played his first three years of college football for Houston, but transferred to West Virginia for his last year. Houston's former Offensive Coordinator, Dana Holgorson, coached Sims his freshman year. Sims finished his college career with 3465 rushing yards, 40 rushing TDs, 2108 receiving yards and 11 TDs. He is considered one of the better pass catching backs in the draft this year. He is currently ranked #129 overall by CBS Sports and is projected to go in the 4th round.
#Redskins are expected to have RB Charles Sims in for a pre-draft visit today. Coming of a great set of practices during Senior Bowl week.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) April 16, 2014