After bad fits with the Washington Redskins and Green Bay Packers, ex-Alabama QB Blake Sims has found a home, for three years at least, in the wide-open Canadian Football League, where his athleticism may have a chance to shine.
Blake Sims is finally part of a team again.
The ex-Alabama quarterback has signed a three-year contract with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League, a source confirmed to AL.com.
After Weatherman58 alerted us to this, I was able to hit the Twitter machine and talk to Yahoo Canada's CFL expert (and helluva' guy) Andrew Bucholtz about Sims and the Argos.
@AndrewBucholtz Blake Sims signed a 3-year deal with the Argos. He can play QB & RB. Great speed. How his is fit with Toronto?— Erik (@gothlaw) May 27, 2015
@gothlaw: That's interesting; hadn't heard that! Curious how they plan to use him. They're pretty set at QB; starter Ricky Ray is a legend.— Andrew Bucholtz (@AndrewBucholtz) May 27, 2015
@gothlaw: But Ray is aging, and while Sims will start low on depth chart, might work way up in time.— Andrew Bucholtz (@AndrewBucholtz) May 27, 2015
@gothlaw: Idea of him as a RB/wildcat QB is maybe even more interesting though. They don't have a definitive top RB. Or a running QB.— Andrew Bucholtz (@AndrewBucholtz) May 27, 2015
@AndrewBucholtz with his athleticism and RB experience maybe move to the slot?— Erik (@gothlaw) May 27, 2015
@gothlaw: That's also very possible; Toronto found great success converting former RB Andre Durie to a slotback. Could see it.— Andrew Bucholtz (@AndrewBucholtz) May 27, 2015
So, there are plenty of chances here for Sims to get a few looks; either at wildcat, RB, slot -- a player with his leadership, athleticism, and in a brand of football that takes advantage of his versatility may be just the thing Sims needs to jump-start his professional career.
Best of luck to Blake Sims, and thanks again to Andrew for answering our questions on the fly.