Kansas football alum Steven Sims Jr. is exceeding NFL expectations

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Former four-year Kansas football star Steven Sims Jr. has been incredible in his rookie year with the Redskins.

After going undrafted, Kansas football alum Steven Sims Jr. signed with the Washington Redskins in 2019. Sims made the final roster, and Washington has to be glad they decided on Sims based on his rookie year production so far.

Yesterday against the Giants, Sims recorded six receptions, 64 receiving yards, and two touchdowns. The Redskins would fall to the Giants at home in an overtime loss 35-41, but Sims’ big game is further proof that the former Jayhawk has what it takes to make it in the NFL.

His two-touchdown game yesterday brought Sims’ total up to five this season, as Sims has become an extremely versatile asset for the Redskins. Sims has scored touchdowns as a return man, receiver, and running back so far this season.

Sims was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week in week 12 after returning a kick for a touchdown. He’s also second in the NFL right now in kick return yards as well as third in total kick and punt return yards.

On a roster void of much talent, Sims has a great opportunity to continue to prove himself with the Redskins. This season is essentially lost for Washington, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see Sims get an increase in reps to prove himself as a receiver.

Kansas football fans already know Sims is special though. While with the Jayhawks, Sims broke multiple receiving records:

  • Second in career receiving yards (2,582)
  • Second in career receiving touchdowns (19)
  • Tied for fifth in single-season receiving touchdowns (7, 2016)
  • Ninth in single-season receiving yards (859)

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Despite the struggles of Kansas football, Steven Sims Jr. was able to make a name for himself and get a chance to prove his skill in the NFL. He’s exceeded every expectation so far, going from undrafted to a valuable weapon on an offense without much substance. If he can keep it up, he’ll have a long and prosperous career in the NFL.