The Detroit Lions ended the 2022 season on a hot streak, providing hope as they look ahead to the 2023 campaign.
After having one of the league’s top offenses last year, the Lions have added more players to this side of the ball.
This included Jahmyr Gibbs, the Lions’ No. 12 overall draft pick.
Gibbs received significant buzz during training camp and has recently been given high praise by his coaching staff.
In a recent conversation with Michelle Steele of ESPN via Pro Football Talk, Gibbs expressed that he’s confident he can reach 1,000 rushing and 500 receiving yards this season.
Jahmyr Gibbs thinks he can gain 1,000 yards rushing, 500 yards receiving as a rookie. https://t.co/qWtRdPTtia
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 6, 2023
As Michael David Smith of NBC Sports pointed out, Christian McCaffrey was the only player to achieve this feat during the 2022 season.
Teams typically utilize their running back as a rusher or primarily as a receiver, but rarely both.
Recent comments from the Lions’ coaching staff indicate that Gibbs could be heavily utilized in the passing game in his rookie campaign.
Even if that is true, he’ll have an uphill road to 1,500 all-purpose yards.
The Lions have several players who will command a high target share, including Amon Ra St. Brown, Jameson Williams, and Sam LaPorta.
Fans will quickly see what type of impact Gibbs will have on this team in their season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.
If the Lions’ offense is anywhere near as high-flying as they were last season, Gibbs should be in line for a significant workload.
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