Washington Commanders: Don’t worry about Antonio Gibson after Week 1

Washington Commanders, Antonio Gibson (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
Washington Commanders, Antonio Gibson (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

The most important thing that came from Week 1 of the NFL season is that the Washington Commanders defeated the Arizona Cardinals. However, it was far from a perfect game by the D.C. franchise.

One of the bigger issues the team had was getting running back Antonio Gibson making positive plays. While it’s clear that the Cardinals are going to be good on defense this year, Gibson’s bad game isn’t anything for fans to be too concerned about in Week 1.

Washington Commanders fans, don’t worry about Gibson yet.

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He only had three rushes for nine yards, but his lack of passing targets was even more surprising. He caught his only target of the day for 10 yards. He had fewer passing targets than starter Brian Robinson Jr. and as many rushing attempts as third-string running back Chris Rodriguez Jr.

However, Gibson has to have a bounceback game against the Denver Broncos. He has to be the back Bieniemy calls on for third-down passing downs and he has to be more of a safety net for quarterback Sam Howell.

If he can do that, the Washington Commanders offense will continue to become more balanced with three reliable running backs. If he can’t be relied on, the running back position will be something that the franchise will look to fortify down the road which won’t be good for him.