Posted: 6/10/2020 2:24 pm UTC
Washington Redskins third-round pick RB/WR Antonio Gibson will be used as a returner and a blocker on special teams. 'In an ideal setting, if you have a legitimate returner [Steven Sims] and your off-returner [Gibson], who is 30 pounds bigger than your returner, if he doesn't get the ball he becomes a blocker,' special teams coach Nate Kaczor said. 'And he weighs 220 [pounds]. That's a really good situation. If they don't really want to kick it to one guy and they want to kick it to your other one and he's really good, then you have a heck of a situation there.'
Posted: 5/15/2020 1:25 am UTC
Washington Redskins WR/RB Antonio Gibson broke 33 tackles on 77 career touches in his time at Memphis, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: Gibson is projected to open the season as the team's No. 3 RB behind Derrius Guice and Adrian Peterson, but his play in the passing game should help keep him on the field. He'll be a popular late-round sleeper target in drafts this year, and he'll be a very valuable selection in keeper/dynasty leagues.
Posted: 5/05/2020 3:39 am UTC
Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins RB/WR Antonio Gibson is expected to be utilized more as a running back than a receiver in the NFL. However, offensive coordinator Scott Turner told reporters, 'That's what he showed through the draft process (the ability to operate as a running back and operate as a slot receiver as well). That's what we are going to try to do with him. ... If he can handle it, he'll get more and more action.'
'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,' head coach Ron Rivera said.
Huddle Up: The Redskins are expected to have Derrius Guice, Adrian Peterson and Bryce Love account for most of the snaps in their backfield this season, so Gibson's impact may not be felt nearly as much as a runner as it could be if he lines up in the slot. It doesn't seem all that likely he'll see enough work either place to be worth starting in fantasy in 2020, but owners need to keep an eye on him. Few players in college football created as many big plays with so few opportunities last year as Gibson did.
Posted: 4/30/2020 2:42 pm UTC
Washington Redskins third-round draft pick WR/RB Antonio Gibson has been compared to Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey. 'No, that's fair. He's a little bit bigger than Christian, but he's got a skill set like Christian,' said head coach Ron Rivera, who coached McCaffrey for two seasons. '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.'
Huddle Up: That is a pretty lofty comparison to arguably the best player in fantasy. Gibson will have a chance to contribute early, but he'll have much more value if he's listed as a running back than a receiver. He's someone to keep in your back pocket for later in drafts.