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Kapri Bibbs Looks To Take Advantage As Newest Running Back

Posted Dec 14, 2017

With a Redskins running backs group decimated by injuries, Kapri Bibbs hopes he can provide stability and take advantage of his opportunity as a third-down back in the team's final three seasons.

With a Redskins running backs group decimated by injuries, Kapri Bibbs hopes he can provide stability and take advantage of his opportunity as a third-down back in the team's final three seasons.

Kapri Bibbs is ready to move past it.

The biggest play of his young career, a 69-yard screen pass he took for his only touchdown while playing with the Denver Broncos last season, remains the only video highlight of his three-year NFL career so far.

After spending time on practice squads for the previous two seasons, he earned an opportunity to play in 13 games in Denver in 2016, rushing for 129 yards on 29 carries. But after a trade to the 49ers in the offseason, a release this past September and another opportunity with the Redskins a few months later, Bibbs can’t wait to prove himself again.

“I’m completely over that season,” Bibbs said. “I mean, I’m ready to take that next step in my career and find a home.”

He added: “After being on the street for 10 weeks, this is a great opportunity for me to show the league and everybody what I got. I’m just fortunate the Redskins brought me in, and I’m going to show them and give them everything that I got.”

Bibbs, who was activated from the practice squad on Tuesday, helps fill a void left by Byron Marshall, the third running back on the Redskins that has suffered an Injured Reserve designation after straining his hamstring against the Chargers last Sunday.

Head coach Jay Gruden will likely use Bibbs as the team’s third down back for his ability to pass-catch, an area Bibbs feels teams have undervalued.

In his lone, sophomore year at Colorado State, Bibbs ran for 1,741 yards and 31 touchdowns, joining only Barry Sanders and Montee Ball as the only players in NCAA history to rush for 30 touchdowns in one season. He only caught eight passes that season, but Bibbs says that wasn’t an implication of his abilities.

“As people before told me, I wasn’t a route runner,” Bibbs said. “People told me I couldn’t catch and that I wasn’t a route runner and I was a straight runner. That’s a good thing. It’s kind of a contradicting thing for people to think about, because 1,700 yards and 31 touchdowns in college out of straight rushing, people thought I was a pure runner. Now that they see me as a third down back catching and running routes.”

Bibbs keeps that chip on his shoulder, much like the kind he carried after playing in junior college for two years before making the jump to Colorado State and then being undrafted in 2014.

“I’m just using everything to carry that weight and to go forward,” he said. "I’m not hanging and I’m not holding grudges against anybody. My story is my story and at the end of the day, I’m going to keep pushing and I’m going to keep fighting through anything, whatever.”

As he prepares for Sunday against the Cardinals, he’s grown comfortable with the offense, which he said is similar to the one he played in with the Broncos. Running backs coach Randy Jordan has held him accountable, easing his transition over the past few weeks.

“I’m finally with a coach, Coach Jordan, a coach that believes in the guys,” Bibbs said said. “I’m happy that he believes in me. I have talks with him every single day and we’re able to laugh and joke, but at the same time, I know what I’ve got to do, I know what I’ve got to do in these third downs and every single one of these touches to show them that I’m the guy going forward.”

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