Gibson rushed 14 times for 28 yards and a touchdown while catching two of four targets for 13 yards in Sunday's 36-27 loss to the Lions.
Analysis: Gibson was bottled up for most of the game but salvaged his afternoon with a one-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Washington was playing catch-up all game but didn't utilize Gibson extensively as a pass-catcher out of the backfield after he caught seven passes for 72 yards in the season opener. He remains locked into the lead role in the Commanders' backfield heading into a Week 3 matchup with the Eagles.
Sep 18, 2022 3:36 PM EST
Gibson rushed 14 times for 58 yards and caught seven of eight targets for 72 yards in Sunday's 28-22 win over the Jaguars.
Analysis: Gibson turned in a solid effort on the ground (4.1 yards per carry), but the career-high eight targets were a welcomed surprise for his fantasy managers. We previously reported (Aug. 20) that the power back was getting some extra work as a receiver this preseason to round out his skillset, so the spike in targets may not be an anomaly. Gibson should continue to dominate the running back touches in Washington, especially while rookie Brian Robinson (knee) mends on the reserve/non-football injury list (eligible to return Week 5 if healthy).
Sep 11, 2022 3:47 PM EST
As the Commanders' Week 1 contest against the Jaguars approaches, Gibson is in line to lead a backfield that is also slated to include J.D. McKissic and Jonathan Williams early on this season, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Rookie third-round draft choice Brian Robinson, who had been a candidate to see his share of backfield touches to begin the season, was placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury List by the Commanders on Thursday and will miss at least the team's first four games. Against the Jaguars, look for Gibson to reprise the starting role he held last season, with McKissic in line to see work in the passing game and Williams on hand for complementary snaps.
Sep 1, 2022 10:07 AM EST
Gibson isn't expected to play in Saturday's preseason game at Baltimore.
Analysis: Joining Gibson on the sideline are fellow Commander running backs J.D. McKissic (groin), Brian Robinson and Jonathan Williams. With just about none of the team;s regular skill-position players in line to suit up in the exhibition finale, that quarter seems poised to survive roster cuts Tuesday. That said, Gibson's ultimate workload is in question due to the impressive showing by the rookie Robinson during the preseason.
Aug 27, 2022 2:42 PM EST
Gibson rushed twice for three yards and caught three of four targets for 37 yards in Saturday's 24-14 loss to Kansas City. He also returned the opening kickoff 17 yards.
Analysis: Gibson worked in a change-of-pace role with the first-team offense, but it was notably rookie Brian Robinson that got the start and most of the playing time over that span. Gibson stayed in the game after backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke came in, playing an instrumental role as a pass-catcher as Heinicke led Washington's only touchdown drive of the first half. Robinson looks like the favorite for most of the rushing work on early downs, while the impending return of J.D. McKissic (groin) will cut into Gibson's usage in passing situations, so the Commanders are trying to get the ball into Gibson's hands more by using him in the return game. Fellow converted wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has shown that it's possible to deliver substantial fantasy production in a miscellaneous playmaking role, but Gibson's path to touches is much more complicated now than it was last season.
Aug 20, 2022 5:16 PM EST
Gibson took snaps on the punt team at Tuesday's practice, seemingly a new development, Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Fortier adds that Gibson took a spot on the punt unit (slot protector) that has mostly been handled by rookie Brian Robinson, the third-round pick who shined in the preseason opener with the first-team offense after Gibson lost a fumble on the second drive. There had already been talk of Robinson stealing short-yardage work prior to training camp, and it now seems the rookie has a shot at more than that. Fortier notes that Tuesday's practice was an odd one for Gibson, as he got special teams work and took some third-team offense snaps during a drill but then finished things out with the first-team offense during install. While it's premature to declare his starting job lost, Gibson will be one of the top players to monitor for the rest of the summer, including this Saturday in a preseason matchup with Kansas City.
Aug 16, 2022 9:14 AM EST
Gibson carried the ball two times for four yards and caught his only target for two yards in Saturday's 23-21 preseason loss to the Panthers.
Analysis: Gibson didn't make much of his limited opportunity and also fumbled deep in Washington's own territory to end the team's second offensive possession. He re-entered the game with the second-team offense but added little to his stat line. It's unclear what this performance means for Gibson's potential to contribute during the regular season, but rookie Brian Robinson tallied six carries for 26 yards and a touchdown.
Aug 13, 2022 2:39 PM EST
Gibson (hamstring) followed his ramp-up plan for the first week of training camp and now has resumed practicing with teammates, Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: It sounds like Gibson has avoided any setbacks with the hamstring injury that limited his participation in spring practices. He also mentioned dropping a few pounds, going from the mid-230s to low 230s, though the Commanders listed him at 220 both last season and this year. Gibson reportedly wants to get down to 220-225 before Week 1, which especially makes sense if rumors of rookie Brian Robinson stealing short-yardage work are to be believed. Gibson was the team's grinder last year, and it might actually work in his favor if he trades some inside runs for outside runs and/or receptions. On the other hand, losing goal-line work would be an obvious problem for fantasy, and the receiving ceiling is probably around three catches per game unless passing-down back J.D. McKissic is eventually injured or phased out.
Aug 4, 2022 1:15 PM EST
Gibson (hamstring) may cede short-yardage work to rookie Brian Robinson, who has been getting a lot of first-team snaps in the opening days of training camp, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Gibson's absence due to the hamstring injury is obviously a factor, but the report suggests Robinson would have a role with the starters even if Washington's No. 1 back didn't have any injury concerns. Gibson has been bothered by his hamstring since June 7/8, with coach Ron Rivera suggesting Wednesday that the 24-year-old will ramp up his workload on the side before rejoining teammates in practice. It sounds like the team still expects Gibson to be fine for Week 1, but we need only look at Curtis Samuel last season to remember that soft-tissue injuries always need to be monitored carefully.
Jul 29, 2022 12:00 PM EST
Coach Ron Rivera said Gibson (hamstring) is being held out of practice due to "an abundance of caution", with the Commanders planning to ramp up his workload on the side before he joins his teammates on the field, Matthew Paras of The Washington Times reports.
Analysis: Gibson injured his hamstring at OTAs and missed some of the later sessions. His absence from early training camp practices leaves more reps for passing-down specialist J.D. McKissic, third-round pick Brian Robinson and second-year pro Jaret Patterson (a 2021 UDFA). The Commanders may be extra cautious after last year's experience with Curtis Samuel picking up a soft-tissue injury during the offseason.
Jul 27, 2022 7:58 AM EST
Gibson (hamstring) is training on the side field at the first day of Washington's veteran training camp, Pete Hailey of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Analysis: Gibson may still be nursing the hamstring injury which caused him to miss a bit of time during OTAs, an issue which coach Ron Rivera downplayed at the time. The Commanders aren't yet practicing in pads, so it's too early to raise any alarms, but Gibson's status will warrant monitoring as training camp continues. In the meantime, rookie third-round pick Brian Robinson could continue to see an uptick of first-team reps.
Jul 27, 2022 6:16 AM EST
Gibson suffered a minor hamstring injury during OTAs on Wednesday, Pete Hailey of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Analysis: Coach Ron Rivera used the word "slightly" to downplay the severity of Gibson's hamstring issue, so there's not yet any reason for significant worry about the possibility of him missing any portion of mandatory minicamp. Of course, considering the delicate nature of hamstring injuries, the Commanders will likely refrain from rushing Gibson back out on the field. In the meantime, rookie third-round pick Brian Robinson could benefit from increased first-team reps.
Jun 8, 2022 8:01 AM EST
Coach Ron Rivera said Thursday he hopes Gibson and rookie third-round pick Brian Robinson will operate as a "potential 1-2 punch," Grant Paulsen of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Rivera likened the new backfield tandem of Gibson and Robinson to Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams, who operated as a formidable duo during his time as the Panthers' head coach. Gibson was already primed have his receiving upside limited by pass-catching complement J.D. McKissic, who opted to stick around in Washington, and it now looks like he isn't a complete lock to dominate the bulk of work between the tackles. While Gibson remains entrenched atop the depth chart, having rushed for 1,037 yards and seven touchdowns through 16 games last year, his fantasy outlook will take a notable hit if Rivera indeed deploys a three-headed backfield committee for the 2022 season.
May 5, 2022 9:04 AM EST
Gibson rushed 21 times for 146 yards and a touchdown and brought in one of three targets for five yards in Washington's 22-7 win over the Giants on Sunday.
Analysis: The second-year back topped off the campaign with a spectacular showing, putting himself comfortably over the 1,000-yard mark in the process. Gibson was one of the few bright spots during a profoundly disappointing second half for Washington, as he gained 88 yards or more on the ground in three of the last six contests. If the Football Team upgrades at quarterback via free agency, trade or the draft, Gibson could certainly be in line for a true breakout 2022 while operating in what would be a more balanced attack.
Jan 9, 2022 1:26 PM EST
Gibson (hip) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Giants, Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: It is possible Washington scales back his workload in a game without playoff implications, especially after Jaret Patterson's solid showing last week when Gibson was on the COVID list, but it's also possible the second-year pro simply returns to his usual dominance of the rushing workload. Whatever the case, Gibson will be out there this Sunday, presumably starting and working as the lead back in a matchup of disappointed division rivals. He's 109 rushing yards away from 1,000 on the year, and needs one more TD to reach double digits for a second time in two seasons.
Jan 7, 2022 9:43 AM EST
Gibson (hip) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Gibson tended to a hip injury during Week 17 prep before Washington placed him on the reserve/COVID-19 list last Friday, resulting in his first absence of the campaign this past Sunday against the Eagles. He made his way back to the active roster Wednesday, but his practice reps continued to be capped by the hip issue. Gibson has managed to play through the pain this season, and Friday's injury report could pave the way for him to suit up Week 18. Even if it doesn't, though, he may have his customary questionable designation heading into the weekend.
Jan 6, 2022 10:30 AM EST
Gibson (hip) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Gibson has dealt with toe and hip injuries late in the season, after playing through a slight shin fracture for most of the year, but the only thing that's kept him from playing in a game so far is the recent stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Jaret Patterson stepped up with Gibson out for Sunday's 20-16 loss to Philadelphia, taking 17 touches for 98 yards and a TD while playing 62 percent of snaps on offense. Gibson tentatively appears on track for Week 18 against the Giants, having returned to practice Wednesday after Washington took him off the COVID list.
Jan 5, 2022 10:22 AM EST
Washington activated Gibson (hip) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.
Analysis: Gibson can now return to team facilities and begin preparing for Week 18's season finale against the Giants. However, the second-year pro's hip injury could still remain an issue, so his participation in practice will need to be monitored closely. The Football team also has rookie Jaret Patterson, who served as the top backfield option Week 17, available.
Jan 5, 2022 8:33 AM EST
Gibson (hip) remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's game against the Eagles, per Field Yates of ESPN and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Analysis: Washington made multiple roster moves Saturday, but Gibson wasn't activated by the team in advance of Week 17 action. Until the running back, who is also dealing with a hip issue, clears the NFL's COVID protocols, Jaret Patterson is poised to serve as Washington's lead option on the ground, with Jonathan Williams also factoring into the team's backfield mix as well as Wendell Smallwood.
Jan 1, 2022 12:19 PM EST
Gibson (hip) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.
Analysis: It's unclear if Gibson tested positive or if he's considered a close contact, but he'll now have a short turnaround before Sunday's matchup with the Eagles to clear the health and safety protocols. Jaret Patterson is poised to serve as Washington's lead back for Week 17 with Jonathan Williams also in the mix if Gibson is unable to play.
Dec 31, 2021 8:09 AM EST
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