Detroit Lions Offensive Coordinator Ben Johnson offered a tantalizing glimpse into the team’s plans for their first-round pick, rookie running back Jahmyr Gibbs.
Johnson stated, “We intend to utilize Jahmyr in some ways that people don’t quite think we might.”
Interesting from Lions OC Ben Johnson on rookie RB Jahmyr Gibbs: "We might use Gibbs in some ways that people don’t quite think we might."
— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) September 2, 2023
While the Lions made a notable acquisition in the offseason by signing veteran running back David Montgomery from the Bears to a respectable free-agent deal, it appears that Gibbs could play a multifaceted role in the team’s offensive scheme.
Gibbs might not only see playing time on all three downs but also line up as both a running back and slot receiver.
One of the key attributes that could facilitate this versatile usage is Gibbs’ natural hands, akin to those of dynamic Chargers running back Austin Ekeler. His skills set hints at the possibility of Gibbs becoming a weapon in the passing game, offering another dimension to the Lions’ offense.