As the Detroit Lions prepare for their Week 3 showdown against the Atlanta Falcons, all eyes are on rookie Jahmyr Gibbs. With seasoned runner David Montgomery nursing a thigh injury, Gibbs is stepping up to handle a predominant share of the running duties.
Tom Pelissero, the esteemed NFL Network Insider, divulged details during the NFL GameDay Morning show on Sunday. "While the Lions have multiple backs on the roster, they’re being cautious about overburdening Gibbs, especially with a game against the Packers on Thursday on the horizon," said Pelissero.
"However, this could be the breakout game fantasy football aficionados have been eagerly awaiting from Gibbs."
Gibbs' Unexpected Role Shift
In a surprising turn this season, Gibbs, despite being the No. 12 overall pick, played second fiddle to Montgomery.
The Lions had strategically brought in Montgomery and Gibbs to fill the void left by D'Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams. While Montgomery has been dominant on the field, accounting for a whopping 61.9% of the Lions' offensive plays and amassing 148 yards and two touchdowns, Gibbs has been somewhat overshadowed.
That being said, Gibbs has proven his versatility, emerging as a prime passing option and showcasing flexibility in the offensive lineup. This Sunday's matchup is looking favorable for Gibbs. He's projected to be the Lions' primary tailback, both on the turf and in receiving plays.
Adding depth to the running back lineup are Craig Reynolds and Bam Knight, who will be supporting Gibbs. The team will be testing their mettle against the Falcons' rush defense, which currently stands at a modest 19th in the NFL.
Quarterback Jared Goff will also be in a favorable position, as wide receivers Amon-Ra St. Brown and Josh Reynolds are anticipated to be in action despite some injury concerns. Both receivers were labeled as "questionable" due to toe and groin injuries respectively, but Pelissero expects them to rally for the game.
In a season filled with transitions and challenges, this Week 3 game could be a pivotal moment for the Detroit Lions and rookie Jahmyr Gibbs. Fans and analysts alike will be watching intently.