We have recently talked about how deep and strong the Broncos’ running back position is this offseason, and Kapri Bibbs is making waves in a talented group.
Now in his second year with the Broncos, Bibbs is more comfortable this year with his surroundings, with himself, and is ready to make a jump in year two. He characterized this offseason as being ‘tremendous’ for him, and cited the fact that he’s got a lot of trust in his coaches as a spark for his growing confidence.
As was pointed out by Phil Milani in that video linked above (which you should absolutely watch) Bibbs is in a system with the Broncos and Gary Kubiak that he is very familiar with from his days at Colorado State. A big reason why Ty Sambrailo is making the switch to left tackle and should do so pretty seamlessly is because it’s many of the same concepts that were run when these guys were part of the Rams’ program.
Gibbs made an impression on analyst Andrew Mason, whose takeaways from practice are linked above, and in it, Bibbs cites his vision as his greatest attribute.
Perhaps the two most important things a running back can have in the NFL are vision and the ability to make quick cuts. Bibbs has both of those, but Mason was also impressed by his acceleration. To get to top speed quickly is also of paramount importance, and Bibbs — while not the fastest back with a 4.60 40-yard dash at the combine — has a low center of gravity, quick burst, vision, and the ability to see the play develop.
Of course, he was undrafted for a variety of reasons, but the Broncos have high hopes for him at least to come in and compete. I’ve written before that I think the emergence of a guy like Bibbs could force someone else at the running back spot to be traded, or perhaps the Broncos simply view their talent at that position too great that they keep only five receivers this year.
That is certainly a possibility, especially since Bibbs can play special teams.
Whatever the case, we know Broncos Country is rooting for Bibbs to make the roster, and for him to continue having a big offseason. He will certainly be showing us all on the field sooner rather than later just how far he’s come.