Making Waves Evaluation Week 7: Antonio Gibson
Younger players are often secret weapons for teams on offense and defense. Unlikely to draw attention from opposing coordinators, these guys make a big difference for their teams before they become full-blown stars at the NFL level.
Running Back- Washington Football Team
128 rushing yards, rush TD
In a 25-3 statement victory over the visiting Cowboys, rookie Antonio Gibson carried the load for his team, amassing 128 rushing yards, and averaging 6.4 yards per carry plus a touchdown to help secure the win. It was a breakout performance by Gibson, who hadn’t had more than thirteen carries or fifty-five yards in any pro game until week seven.
Washington’s offense is in flux, with Dwayne Haskins clearly on the way out, and Coach Ron Rivera pushing Kyle Allen to the fore, so having a steady every-down back like Gibson is huge. While Washington sits at 2-5, they are still very much in the mix for the NFC East title, trailing only Philly (on the strength of their tie) and holding the division’s best point differential. If Washington wants to make noise this year, they’ll need their big (6’2”, 220 lbs.) rookie running back to continue grinding out the yards and help keep an inconsistent passing offense from stalling drives.
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