Bring on the Reinforcements
It’s already Antonio Gibson’s third year in the NFL. Circumstances will have him settling into more of a committee this go around, too. The big college reciever turned running back has shown promise with the Washington Commanders, compiling +1000 multipurpose yards in his first two campaigns. Team management retained his pass-catching running mate J.D. McKissic, while also using a third round pick on the rookie bruiser Brian Robinson Jr. This surrounding talent suggests they are heading towards a running committee.
Injuries have been somewhat of an issue for Gibson, with him already missing a few games. His heavy workload has been one of the main factors when it comes to his durability. The Commanders are hoping the addition of a proven college runner will help ease the burden. Alabama’s Robinson Jr. played second fiddle in college for some time before blowing up for 1,343 yards this past season. His power and size should help Washington in short yardage and goal line situations.
Speculation originally hinted that Ron Rivera was molding Gibson into the next Christian McCaffrey, who dominated touches and production for the Carolina Panthers and Rivera in multiple seasons. The Panther organization parted ways with Rivera, overworked McCaffrey, and fell by the wayside. The experience brought Rivera over to Washington, where it seems he doesn’t want to fall into the same trend with Gibson.
Is Gibson that Guy?
Many believe Gibson’s potential hasn’t quite been fully tapped. J.D. McKissic took on many of the receiving opportunities for Washington. He also split some of the available carries these last two years. McKissic added great production, averaging 8.01 yards per reception and 4.3 yards per carry. Quarterback and defense inconsistency was another factor in the game flow, which leaned on the Commanders playing catchup. They were forced into more passing plays, which didn’t always favor Gibson. His fumbles (7) last season were another cause for concern.
Considering Gibson has only had one full season as a team’s starting running back (including college), he has exceeded all expectations. At only 24 years old, it’s a safe bet that he has plenty left in the tank. As a transfer to the University of Memphis in 2018, he was a heavily involved kick returner too in college. Sure handedness has always been a trait of Gibson’s, as well as actual pass-catching prowess. The Washington Commanders feel secure in their depth at the running back position. An Antonio Gibson committee may not be assuring to fantasy owners, but should be a welcome sight for fans and coaches.
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