Jahmyr Gibbs, the Detroit Lions’ 12th overall pick, has brushed off criticism of his selection with a calm demeanor. Gibbs, a man of few words, responded to the criticism by saying that everyone is entitled to their opinion, but he does not care. The Lions held Gibbs out of rookie minicamp after he tweaked his ankle, but he still took the field to learn from the coaching staff and support his teammates.
Gibbs Not Concerned with Comparisons to Other Running Backs
Gibbs, who was surprised by the high draft pick, is aware that he will likely be compared to other running backs, such as Bijan Robinson, who was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons at No. 7. However, Gibbs is not letting these comparisons get in his head. He and Robinson have a great relationship, as they had the same coach in college. Gibbs is Detroit’s highest-drafted running back since Hall of Famer Barry Sanders in 1989, and he impressed his new teammates during the rookie minicamp. Tight end Sam LaPorta, who described Gibbs as “quiet,” can’t wait to block for him and watch what he can do with the ball in his hands. Lions third-round pick Hendon Hooker is also a huge fan of Gibbs’ game, citing his ability to make defenders miss.
Gibbs’ injury during the rookie minicamp was minor, and he is expected to be fine. Lions assistant general manager Ray Agnew said the team was just being safe with him. Although Gibbs is not a vocal player, his actions on the field speak volumes, and his teammates are excited to see what he can do in the future.
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