Washington's Management Punishes Running Back for Poor Play

Washington Commanders running back Antonio Gibson is practicing with the team's punt team and third-string offense. 


This comes as a result of Gibson's dismal August, where the running back fumbled during a preseason game and played significant snaps with the backups. 

Offensive coordinator Scott Turner spoke on Gibson's fumbles: "You can't waste a possession; if you fumble the ball that's a waste of a possession. The first job is to protect the ball. It's something that has to be fixed."

Head coach Ron Rivera was very critical and didn't hold back when speaking of Gibson's poor preseason showing. He appears to be sending a message by demoting him to punt team work and practice with third-string players. 

To make matters worse for Gibson, rookie running back Brian Robinson Jr. has been excelling this preseason. 

This past weekend, Robinson rushed six times for 26 yards and a touchdown in Washington's 23-21 preseason loss to the Carolina Panthers. He also caught two of two targets for 15 yards. 

Robinson was very impressive, scoring the only touchdown for Washington's first-string offense and consistently breaking past the line of scrimmage. He's earning himself a serious role in Washington's offense and, if Gibson continues to struggle, he may even take the RB1 spot. 

The twenty-three year old was a third-round pick of the Washington Commanders in the 2022 NFL Draft. 

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