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.
The Redskins added RB Antonio Gibson in the 3rd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Here’s 1 of the biggest wild cards in this year’s draft. Gibson spent his first 2 college seasons at East Central Community College before transferring to Memphis. He tallied just 6 touches in his first year with the Tigers before breaking out as an offensive weapon this past season. Gibson caught 38 balls for 735 yards (19.3 YPC) and 8 TDs, while adding 369 yards and 2 scores on 33 carries (11.2 YPC). He also averaged a big 28.0 yards with 1 TD on 23 kick returns, earning Conference USA Co-Special Teams Player of the Year honors. Per Pro Football Focus, Gibson broke a ridiculous 33 tackles on his 71 offensive touches this past season. Then he went to the Combine and blazed a 4.39-second 40 time at 6’0 and 228 pounds and earned an 83rd percentile SPARQ score. We think Gibson would work best at RB — and that’s where he was announced when Washington picked him. Of course, this is a crowded backfield with Derrius Guice and Adrian Peterson.