By Lew Gould
Commanders coach Ron Rivera says Antonio Gibson could be a “matchup nightmare for the opponent” in the team’s new offense.
The drumbeat continues to grow louder for Gibson, who appears to be in good favor with new offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.
Gibson is arguably the most versatile back on Washington’s roster and has been utilized heavily in the screen game at OTAs and minicamp per The Athletic’s Ben Standig.
Rivera added, “Eric wants to make sure (Antonio) gets as many opportunities right now to show us what he’s capable of because I think that’ll be a big part of the game planning.”
Gibson’s background as a receiver during his days at Memphis led many to believe he would see receiving work early in his career.
While he’s managed 124 receptions through his first three seasons, Gibson was always stuck in the shadow of J.D. McKissic, who is currently a free agent. As the hype around Gibson continues to grow, it’s possible he turns into a high-end RB2 for fantasy if Bieniemy can deploy him in ways the previous offensive coordinator did not.