Sep 23, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Oakland Raiders defensive Pat Sims (90) after the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 37-21. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

PFF gives Pat Sims praise as potential sleeper breakout star in 2014

With OTA’s underway and the build up to the 2014 NFL season officially beginning with team practices, the great football minds of Pro Football Focus are doing a series of pieces on a player for all 32 NFL teams who could unexpectedly become superstars with breakout seasons.

When it came to the Oakland Raiders player who could potentially turn into a breakout star, PFF chose defensive tackle Pat Sims.

In the recent past the Oakland Raiders have struggled to find talent to fill out their roster while trying to rid themselves of overpaid veterans the last two seasons. They have found themselves gathering veterans to sign on short term deals and last season they found a player who easily produced his best season to date: 2014 Secret Superstar Pat Sims.

Sims was drafted out of Auburn in the third round of the 2008 draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. His playing time was limited due to the emergence of Geno Atkins and the Bengals’ desire to keep playing Domata Peko, but Sims never helped himself out with any great display when he was on the field.

However, in 2013 the Oakland Raiders signed him to a one-year deal to be a stop-gap and found themselves with a player who was a bright spot in a difficult season.

Sims does have the potential to become a breakout player if you have paid attention to his play since joining Oakland and he will have an even greater chance to make big plays now that he has outside pass rushers who will be drawing far more attention than the combo of LaMarr Houston and a list of role players in 2013. With the likes of Justin Tuck, LaMarr Woodley, Sio Moore and fifth overall pick Khalil Mack planning on taking up attention from team’s offensive lines, the big bodies Sims could show exactly why PFF felt he was one of the most underrated interior pass rushers in the league. If Sims does breakout like PFF suggests, the Raiders wouldn’t be complaining seeing as their pass rush could be amongst the best in the AFC West if the veteran interior pass rusher turns into something more than the already productive budget defensive tackle that he is.

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  • KloverJane

    We shall see.

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  • Shane Schilperoort

    Sims will be a very good anchor for the football team in 2014. It’s looking like the Raiders will progress forward with a 4-3 scheme primarily, and they will mix in some 3-4 looks. However, look to see a 4-man front most of the time. It should look something like; (Left to Right) DE-Justin Tuck, DT Stacy McGee/Justin Ellis (Camp Battle), DT-Pat Sims/Antonio Smith (Switch off), DE-LaMarr Woodley, and then you have to factor in some LB’s who will put their hand on the ground as well (LB-Sio Moore, LB-Khalil Mack, LB-Kevin Burnett, and LB-Kaelin Burnett), then MLB will be Nick Roach. Also to consider, and those who have to fight for jobs will be LB-Kaluka Maiava, LB-Marshall McFadden, LB-Bijay Filloeatu, LB-Carlos Fields, LB-Justin Cole, DE-Ryan Robinson, DE-C.J. Wilson, DE-Shelby Harris, DE-Denico Autrey, DE-Jack Crawford, DT-Torell Troupe, and DT-Ricky Lumpkin. The fact that the Raiders are pretty deep when it comes to their front is a good thing, but there will have to be cuts made in August. Injuries in Camp will also help some of these players, should one of the top names go down. Still I like the odds.

  • Charles King

    Wow, I’m 23 years old, been a raiders fan since I was born and this is the most excitement I’ve had for a raiders season yet.its pretty obvious since the last decade has not lived up to the raiders legacy of excellence, but I feel a resurgence, a revival back to glory for our silver and black with this squad. Anybody else remember an off season like this one?

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Well, I’m 42, and yes, I can recall many during the winning years. I would probably have to dig back into my bag of tricks and pull out some 70′s, 80′s, and 90′s drafts/off-seasons to make the grade though. This year is super exciting, and I can’t wait to see some real football!

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Almost forgot about OLB-Miles Burris. He still has that spark and youth, plus talent, but he’s been hampered with injuries the last two years. Hopefully he can regain his momentum this year.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Yes, yes, we shall…

  • Gregg Brennan

    I’m glad they re-signed Sims, even to only the one year deal. He dominated at times last year and if he can put it together Reggie is going to be regretting not re-signing him to a long term contract.

  • joe VICE

    Yeah man, don’t sleep on Miles Burris!! He showed some potential his rookie season, I expect great things from him in the future! Or even this year!?

  • J K

    No We Will See!

  • Bryant Lyles

    Sims is a beast glad he resigned an released vance walker an hunter. the defense line should be awesome this season. just need tarver to be abke to make better in game adjustments.

  • George Castorena

    Youngsta i fill u on this ,imma og been a mutha f##k’n RAIDER fan aswell all my life ive seen da best and their’s no other nation then da “RAIDER. NATION this past decade have been rough 4 all of us RAIDER FANS but like u said youngsta talking EXCITEMENT u dam skippy where all excited 2014 going 2 be some good azz Raider football ,how about dat YOUNGSTA