The Detroit Lions players recently voted on their year-end awards and Rob Sims has been voted the winner of the Erik Andolsek award, given annually to the team’s most outstanding offensive lineman.
Sims has been a steady player in his three years as a Lion. He has consistently earned positive grades according to Pro Football Focus over that time but that was mostly on the strength of his pass blocking. Sims made a point to add some bulk to improve his contributions to the Lions’ running game and it certainly showed in the results – at least on the individual level. Sims earned a +2.8 overall run blocking rating from Pro Football Focus, the first positive grade in that area since joining the Lions. Sims still graded out quite well in pass protection, earning a +10.1 from PFF. His +13.8 ranked 11th among all NFL guards in 2012.
The Lions offensive line may look different in 2013 but there won’t be any changes at left guard where Rob Sims has solidified his standing as one of the game’s best guards. Sims is signed through the 2014 season.