Antonio Gibson Offers Massive Upside with 'Christian McCaffrey' Type Role in Washington

Antonio Gibson could find himself catching more touchdown passes this season for Washington.
Antonio Gibson could find himself catching more touchdown passes this season for Washington. / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Antonio Gibson solidified his status as the Washington Football Team's top back in his rookie season last year; finishing with 11 touchdowns and just under 800 rushing yards on only 170 attempts.

If you ask his teammates, however, they'll say it's just the beginning of what's to come.

WFT quarterback Kyle Allen addressed the media at training camp on Tuesday and offered up an eye-opening comparison for their starting running back.

"You saw (Panthers running back) Christian McCaffrey in this offense..." said Allen as he spoke with reporters. "That is where we're trying to push Antonio to go."

Football Team head coach Ron Rivera coached McCaffrey in Carolina for three years: 2017-2019. In his final season, McCaffrey rushed for 1,387 yards and 15 TDs on the ground, while also catching 116 passes on 142 targets for 1,005 receiving yards and four TDs through the air.

For all you fantasy players out there, he scored 471.2 total points in PPR leagues (points-per-reception), walloping Aaron Jones of the Packers by more than 156 total points!

Expectations for Antonio Gibson are growing each day

Over at WynnBET Sportsbook, Gibson ranks 15th amongst all running backs to lead the NFL in rushing at +3000. This could offer some serious value if the coaching staff stays true to this belief of what his ceiling could be in this offense. You can check out where Washington stacks up amongst teams like Dallas, New York and Philadelphia in the NFC East here.

As Gibson's role and snaps increase in Washington's offense, the ceiling for his potential stat line could be monumental. He caught 36 passes a season ago, good for 19th amongst running backs.

Last year, New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara led all running backs with 83 total receptions. But it was Gibson's teammate, J.D. McKissic, who was the undisputed pass-catching back for Washington. McKissic led all running backs with 110 passing targets, catching 80 of them for 589 yards and two scores.

If Gibson were to see just 20 more targets than from 2020, that would put him inside the top nine of all running backs in that category. If he catches only half of them, that would move him up to the top 12.


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