RB - WAS
John Keim of ESPN NFL Nation says that RB Antonio Gibson's growth is a big factor in unlocking the Washington Football Team's attack.
Gibson had a fantastic rookie season, and proved a lot of doubters wrong. He produced 1,042 total scrimmage yards and 11 touchdowns and all while missing two games as well. Once a wide receiver, a lot of fantasy managers were hesitant about how Gibson would produce playing a completely different position. Needless to say, he handled the switch very well. Gibson has a lot of untapped potential and if he continues his growth, the ceiling is absurd for him and this offense.
According to Ben Standig of The Athletic, Washington RB Antonio Gibson could become a larger factor as a receiver in his second season.
“If Washington’s practices reveal anything about future plans, expect Antonio Gibson to become a bigger factor as a receiver.” The Gibson hype train is full speed ahead this off-season. First it was Ron Rivera saying he could break out, now reports from camp are he’s become more active as a receiver. The skill set is certainly there for Gibson, now it’s just a matter of putting it all together. Don’t forget, Rivera coached Christian McCaffrey in Carolina a few years back and was willing to feed him 100+ targets per season. Gibson could very well climb up draft boards as we head closer and closer to the start of the regular season.
Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera told the media Wednesday that he expects RB Antonio Gibson will “make a big jump” in Year 2.
Last week it was reported that Washington wanted Gibson to run more pass routes this season, and now the head coach is talking about this “big jump” he’ll take in Year 2. At this point, it’s hard not to jump on the bandwagon. Considering Rivera was the head coach in Carolina when Christian McCaffrey was utilized as an every-down back, it wouldn’t be a shock to see him do something similar with Gibson in 2021. Gibson should be in consideration as a low-end RB1 this season.
John Keim of ESPN writes the Football Team wants RB Antonio Gibson to run more pass routes in 2021.
This is music to the ears of fantasy players who are already in on Gibson. The sophomore RB seemingly has a firm grip on early-down duties, but more work in the passing game will be the key to him becoming a true RB1 in fantasy football. Gibson's usage was interesting as a rookie considering he mainly played wide receiver in college. However, Washington decided to keep J.D. McKissic on the field on passing downs, which limited Gibson's upside. McKissic is still around, but it would be odd for the Football Team not to utilize Gibson's play-making abilities more. This will be a storyline to monitor once training camp opens.
Antonio Gibson rushed 14 times for 31 yards, including catching two of three targets for four receiving yards in a 31-23 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday.
Gibson was stifled by the Tampa Bay run defense and was unable to provide value in the passing game, something that fantasy managers became accustomed to seeing this season. The rookie running back should continue to be the featured back and a staple in the Washington offense heading into the 2021 season.
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