The NFL officially kicks off the 2015 regular season.
Selected by Cincinnati Bengals in the third round (77th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft, April 27, 2008…Re-signed by Bengals as unrestricted free agent, March 26, 2012…Signed by Oakland Raiders as unrestricted free agent, March 14, 2013…Re-signed by Raiders as a free agent, March 28, 2014.
AT A GLANCE
CAREER: Productive veteran interior defensive lineman enters his second season with the Raiders…Has logged 76 career games with 39 starts and has 228 tackles (129 solo), seven sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one interception and two passes defensed...Started all 16 games for the first time in his career in 2013…Helped the Bengals to back-to-back playoff appearances in 2011 and 2012…Was regular in D-line rotation for Bengals when healthy after joining Cincinnati as 2008 third-round draft pick.
2013: Saw action as both a NT and as a DT, starting a career-high 16 games and leading all Raiders interior linemen with 49 tackles (31 solo)...Posted two sacks...(9/8) at Ind.: Started at DT in first game with the Silver and Black...Credited with a solo stop...(9/15) vs. Jac.: Posted four tackles (two solo)...Part of a line that limited the Jaguars to just 34 yards on the ground...(9/23) at Den.: Started at DT, notching two tackles (one)...(9/29) vs. Was.: Posted three tackles (two)...(10/6) vs. SD: Credited with two tackles (one)...Helped limit the Chargers to just 32 rushing yards, the lowest total allowed by the Raiders in 2013...(10/27) vs. Pit.: Proved to be a dominant force on a line that limited the Steelers to just 35 rushing yards...Had three tackles (two), including one tackle for loss...(11/10) at NYG: Totaled five tackles (three)...(11/17) at Hou.: Credited with two tackles (one), including a stop of Ben Tate for a 3-yard loss in the fourth quarter...(11/24) vs. Ten.: Notched two tackles (one)...(11/28) at Dal.: Recorded two solo tackles...(12/8) at NYJ: Posted two tackles (one)...(12/15) vs. KC: Recorded first sack of the season, bursting through the middle to drop Alex Smith for a 9-yard loss in the first quarter...Credited with four solo tackles...(12/22) at SD: Enjoyed a breakout game, notching a career-high 13 tackles (eight)...Also got to Philip Rivers for a 5-yard loss in the first quarter, marking his second straight game with a sack.
2012 (with Cin.): Opened training camp on Active/Physically Unable to Perform list, due to hamstring injury that predated opening of training camp...Assigned to Reserve/PUP on Aug. 31...Returned to practice Oct. 31 on a roster exemption, and signed to active roster on Nov. 9...Played in eight games, logging 21 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble...(11/11) vs. NYG: Made season debut, logging two tackles, and had an interception of Eli Manning at the Giants’ 18, setting up a Bengals TD…(11/25) vs. Oak: Registered three tackles…(12/13) at Phi.: Posted one tackle and one forced fumble…(12/23) at Pit.: Recorded season-high six tackles in playoff-clinching win at Pittsburgh, including stop of Rashard Mendenhall for a 2-yard loss on a third down, forcing a punt…(12/30) vs. Bal: Had five tackles…Postseason: (1/5/13) at Hou.: Recorded four tackles in Wild Card playoff contest.
2011 (with Cin.): Played in Games 1-11, including one start...Logged 28 tackles with one sack...Placed on the reserve/injured list on Dec. 7 with an ankle injury...(9/18) at Den.: Had five tackles...(10/9) at Jac.: Posted three tackles, including 5-yard sack of Blaine Gabbert in first quarter...(11/6) at Ten.: Recorded a line-leading four tackles.
2010 (with Cin.): Played in 14 games, with eight starts, and had 44 tackles, 2.5 sacks and one pass defensed...(9/19) vs. Bal.: Had a fourth-quarter pass deflection that resulted in an INT by LB Brandon Johnson...(11/8) vs. Pit.: Started as injury replacement, recording a line-leading six tackles...(12/12) at Pit.: Posted five tackles, including an 8-yard sack of Ben Roethlisberger...(12/19) vs. Cle.: Notched four tackles, including an 8-yard sack of Colt McCoy.
2009 (with Cin.): Played every regular season game with three starts as Bengals claimed AFC North title, but was placed on the reserve/injured list for Wild Card playoff due to right forearm fracture suffered in regular season finale at Jets...(9/20) at GB: Recovered fumble by Ryan Grant at Bengals’ 38 in third quarter, setting up a TD drive that put Bengals ahead to stay at 28-21...(9/27) vs. Pit.: Had a shared sack of Ben Roethlisberger in fourth quarter that forced Steelers to punt prior to offense’s game-winning TD drive.
2008 (with Cin.): Played in Bengals’ last 11 games as a rookie and started six of the last seven as injuries depleted line depth...Had 50 tackles and one sack…Inactive for Games 1-5, due in part to a preseason turf toe injury...(10/12) at NYJ: Made NFL debut...Posted seven tackles, including one for loss...(11/2) vs. Jac.: Logged first NFL sack when he dropped David Garrard for 2-yard loss.
COLLEGE: Played three seasons (2004 and ’06-07) at Auburn, entering NFL Draft after junior season...First-team All-SEC choice by Associated Press in 2007, despite playing most of year with cast to protect left hand fracture...Key force inside for ’07 club that ranked sixth nationally in fewest points allowed (16.9) and average net yards allowed (197.9)...Recorded 4.5 sacks as junior…Missed the 2005 season, absent from the team due to family obligations…Majored in public administration.
PERSONAL: Attended Dillard High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. …Earned Florida Class 5A all-state honors as a senior and was named to PrepStar All-America team...Also played prep basketball and helped lead team to state championship as a junior…Youngest among 10 children in his family.
DT Pat Sims talks about the lessons learned during the first meeting with the Chargers and what the Raiders need to do to come away with a win in San Diego.