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Former Alabama wide receiver, Cam Sims to remain with Washington for 2021 NFL season

Cam Sims attempts to make a catch for Washington versus New York Jets
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The Washington Football Team could not let Cam Sims hit the free-agent market, especially with what he was able to do in his third season with the franchise.

He worked his way from the practice squad to the active roster, and it paid off last season. Sims, an alumnus of the University of Alabama, finished fourth on the team for receiving yards. He recorded 32 catches for 477 yards and one touchdown in 12 games.

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The 6-foot-5, 190-pounder had two 100-yard outings, including a huge performance in the NFC Wild Card Game for Washington versus Tampa Bay. After battling through injuries in his first two seasons, Sims brought in his first career touchdown reception versus the New York Giants in 2020. During Washington’s upset victory over Pittsburgh, the Louisiana native totaled five catches for 92 yards. Sims helped his team to a 23-17 win on the road and handed the Steelers its first loss of the regular season.

His efforts assisted Washington to the playoffs at 7-9. On Tuesday, the front office placed a tender on Sims.

He will remain with Washington as a restricted free agent at least for the upcoming season.

According to a report from the team, head coach Ron Rivera really likes Sims.

“The way Cam Sims practices and the things he’s capable of doing as an athlete, they’re pretty impressive,” Rivera said. “He’s a heck of a football player and I just think he’s going to get better and better as he continues to work on his game.”

Until he lands a major deal, Sims has found a home in Washington. Before going to the National Football League, he was a three-time Southeastern Conference champion (2014-16) and a two-time College Football Playoff National Champion at Alabama.

Sims played for the Crimson Tide from 2014 to 2017.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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