Washington RB Antonio Gibson (shoulder) isn’t listed on the final Week 10 injury report. He was sidelined on Wednesday but put in full practices on Thursday and Friday. The rookie should be ready for his usual role in a plus matchup vs. the Lions on Sunday.
Washington RB Antonio Gibson was held out of Wednesday's practice with a shoulder injury. His status for this weekend's game vs. the Lions is now uncertain. Check back Thursday afternoon for another update on the rookie.
Redskins HC Ron Rivera said his team has "a plan" for RB Antonio Gibson. "I know we haven’t shown you guys the whole plan, and that’s part of the secret that we’re trying to keep going into the regular season," Rivera added. "There’s a lot we can do with a young man like him.” We know that Gibson and Adrian Peterson have been handling the majority of 1st-team reps at camp, so we're expecting the rookie to have a significant role right out the gate. We'll see if he gets enough action to be a viable fantasy play, but he's certainly an intriguing sleeper. Gibson's recent FFPC ADP is sitting at the 7th/8th-round turn.
No one should be expecting new Washington RB Antonio Gibson to approach Christian McCaffrey in production at any point. But tell us, Coach Rivera, is it crazy to compare their styles? "No, that's fair. He's a little bit bigger than Christian, but he's got a skill set like Christian," Rivera told ESPN's John Keim. "This is a very versatile, young football player that we really think is going to be a guy that can get on the field for us early and contribute." Again, no one is saying Gibson will ever become the guy who racked up 326 and then 403 touches over the past 2 seasons. But Ron Rivera's words are worth noting because he just finished coaching McCaffrey for 3 years in Carolina and now leads the team that drafted Gibson in Round 3. Take it as a mark in favor of Gibson's long-term upside. And the "get on the field for us early" makes Gibson an intriguing later-round option for 2020 redraft. There's opportunity available in a Washington backfield with more questions than answers currently.