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Coach Ron Rivera typically employs bigger wide receivers, though one exception during his time in Carolina was Steve Smith. WR Steven Sims wants to be the Redskins’ version of the 5-time Pro Bowler and he spoke to Rivera about it earlier this offseason.

“It was right after we signed [Cody] Latimer, right after the draft. It was like, “[Rivera] brought in bigger bodies. I was like, ‘Okay, that’s what he likes.’ I’m not saying I’m on the cut block. I’m just saying: ‘Be different. Be another Steve Smith.’ He started off the same guy. They only thought he was going to be a returner, and he’s a [potential] Hall of Famer. . . . He was a small guy who played big. He wasn’t going to limit himself to being 5-9,” Sims said (via The Washington Post).

Sims will be in the running for the spot opposition of Terry McLaurin in the offense. Washington doesn’t have major talent at the position and will need someone to shine during training camp (whenever that is).

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