Antonio Gibson was one of the more surprising rookies in the NFL last season.
The running back/wideout from the University of Memphis proved to be a third-round steal in 2020, and Washington seems to want him more involved in the offense. Gibson, who was praised for his dual-threat ability in college, only had 36 catches last season, but that is expected to change.
“If Washington’s practices reveal anything about future plans, expect Antonio Gibson to become a bigger factor as a receiver,” The Athletic’s Ben Standig wrote. “The dual-threat running back caught 36 passes during his rookie season. It’s not just that Gibson has receiver skills — he primarily played the position in college — he’s the type of mismatch Turner seeks within his diverse offense. Washington’s primary pass-catching running back last season, J.D. McKissic, has been away from the team this week with a personal matter.”
Washington fans will love seeing Gibson more involved this season after he totaled 795 rushing yards (4.7 yards per carry), 247 receiving yards, and 11 touchdowns last season.
WynnBET isn’t giving Gibson much of a chance to win the league’s MVP award at +12500 odds, but more involvement for him on offense could help Washington win the division for the second straight season.
Washington currently has the second-best odds to take the NFC East at +225, and the addition of Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback should improve the Washington offense that was in the bottom three for total yards in the league last season.
Sometimes the key on offense is simply getting your best players the ball in space as much as possible, and Gibson should have a lot of chances to flash his unique skill set in the open field if he’s a threat to catch passes out of the backfield.
While the hype is on the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East with the return of Dak Prescott, if Fitzpatrick can play as well as he did last season with Miami, Washington is a fantastic bet at +225 to win the division.