The Buffalo Bills added wide receiver Steven Sims to the roster on Wednesday, fueling speculation about the injury to Isaiah McKenzie after he suffered a shoulder injury earlier in the week.
Steven Sims spent the last two years with the Washington Football Team. Sims had a similar role to McKenzie in Washington, logging limited action as a receiver and seeing some time as a receiver. Sims’s 93 targets and 61 catches over the last two season are unlikely to turn heads.
However, Sims has more return experience than McKenzie. In 2019, he logged 32 kickoff return attempts which included one touchdown covering 91 yards. He had only six punt returns that season. The team flipped the script in 2020 having Sims return 24 punts and dropping him to only three kickoff returns. He does seem to have a bit of a concern holding onto the ball, with pro-football-reference.com showing six fumbles to his credit.
With Isaiah McKenzie expected to have won the return role after the departure of Andre Roberts, this does raise some questions. Also of note, McKenzie’s primary competition in this arena, Marquez Stevenson, suffered an injury against the Chicago Bears. It’s possible Sims’s Buffalo career is geared for one night only as the Bills close their preseason against the Green Bay Packers.