Patriots’ long shot receiver Brian Tyms made the most of his opportunity to play in last week’s preseason game. Is he worth your attention in dynasty leagues?
Tyms comes in at 6’3″ 204-pounds and runs a 4.48 forty. So he is certainly an interesting prospect. I plugged him into our Freak Score Calculator to see if any comparable players stood out.
I’ll admit, I got a little wide-eyed when I saw Hopkins and Blackmon show up. Robert Woods isn’t a bad match, either. Blackmon has had some big games in the NFL (when he’s not suspended) and Hopkins is one of my favorite post-hype sleepers this year.
In Tyms’ short college career, he only had 38 receptions for 538 yards and 3 TDs, while averaging 14.2 yards/reception. Coaches must see some potential in this kid because he keeps getting chances. Maybe he can capitalize in New England? In their preseason game against Washington, Tymes had 5 receptions for 119 yards and 1 TD. He had a second TD called back due to a bad call by the officials, but it did draw a pass interference call. Had that not been called, he would have had 6 catches for 157 yards and 2 TDs. It’s preseason, but lets give this kid some credit for capitalizing. I believe Tyms has the physical traits to make it in the NFL, he just needs to seize an opportunity.
Before signing with the Patriots on July 27th, Tyms spent some time with the 49ers (where he learned in part from Randy Moss), Browns and the Dolphins.When he was with Miami, Joe Philbin did have some nice things to say about Tyms.
“He’s a pretty smooth route runner. He kind of runs natural and he has pretty good body control,” coach Joe Philbin said. “He has good length, he’s 6’2″ and change maybe, he’s got pretty long arms, and he seems to catch the football relatively well. So we’re just learning more about him and getting more exposure to him.”
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Below is the depth chart from Patriots.com.
There’s a considerable number of names to overtake for Tyms to make the team. Amendola, Edelman, Dobson, LaFell and Thompkins are considered to be the favorites to make the cut. Lets not forget, Dobson had a screw inserted in his foot and recently returned to training camp. Amendola is a walking injury waiting to happen and Edelman isn’t exactly perfect either (spent some of 2012 on IR). That leaves one more spot for a WR. Many believe it will come down to Matthew Slater (special teams extraordinaire), Josh Boyce or Jeremy Gallon. However, what about the long-shot, Brian Tyms?
Tyms is also suspended for the first four games (just enough time for Amendola to get injured) for violating the league’s substance abuse policy regarding banned substances.
“I’ve had a prescription for it since I was 9,” Tyms explained. “It costs money to get all that stuff situated. Money which I didn’t have to spend. It was my fault. I shoulda brought it to the NFL and said, ‘Hey, I take this from time to time before it got to that point.’ But it wasn’t like I’m using it as something to boost my ratings. I been taking it since I was 9. That and Ritalin. I can’t worry about that. I put that in God’s hands. I just come out and try to play to get on this team.”
If Tyms can keep making noise in the preseason and performing well in camp, he could have as good a chance as anyone else on the Patriots’ roster fringe. His situation is probably only worth monitoring for now as he’s buried on their depth chart, but as the preseason progresses, it should paint a clearer picture on the state of Tyms. If you haven’t read about his story before he got to the NFL, I would highly recommend reading it. He’s an underdog worth rooting for. Keep an eye on Tyms and if he slides closer to the starting lineup he may be worth an add in really deep dynasty leagues.