Washington Football Team: 5 players who’ve offered almost nothing to team in 2021
By Jerry Trotta
The Washington Football Team now sits dead-last in the NFC East standings, and there’s plenty of blame to go around.
The coaching has been a huge letdown. The 2021 free agency class has been a collective dud, and that’s calling it lightly.
If we’re being honest, every player outside of Jonathan Allen, Terry McLaurin, JD McKissic, Daron Payne, Charles Leno and Chase Roullier, who’s now out for the season, needs to look themselves in the mirror.
We don’t have time to run through the entire roster, but it goes without saying that Washington would have an extra win or two on their resume if these five players, who’ve offered almost nothing in 2021, showed up in the first half.
5 Washington players who’ve contributed nothing in 2021
5. Cam Sims
For starters, Washington’s management of Cam Sims has been maddening.
For a player coming off a career year in 2020 when he notched 32 catches for 477 yards (14.9 YPC) and a touchdown to have just five targets in his five appearances this season is downright criminal. His 477 yards ranked fourth on the team and second amongst wideouts, trailing only Terry McLaurin.
Yes, Sims has been limited by a hamstring injury, but he was barely being used at the start of the campaign, logging a combined 10 snaps in the first two games before he saw 20 snaps in Week 3. That number dropped back down to five in Week 4 before it jumped back up to 15 in Week 8 after he returned from injury.
See the problem? Ron Rivera was met with criticism amid Sims’ scarcity of playing time early on and he responded by admitting he needs more snaps.
Maybe the second-year HC is seeing something we’re not, but he hasn’t fulfilled his end of the bargain.
Perhaps that’ll change following the bye if Sims is back to full-strength, but most fans would agree that his lack of usage has been swept under the rug by other damning issues engulfing the franchise, both on and off the field.