The Denver Broncos sent out a press release saying the team has signed running back Kapri Bibbs off of their practice squad, releasing tight end Richard Gordon to make room.
Gordon, who spent just this week with the team after replacing Mitchell Henry on the 53-man roster as a free agent acquisition, was reportedly asked to stay in town with a good chance he’ll be re-signed next week.
In the meantime, this could be a massive opportunity for Kapri Bibbs, who is getting his first real chance at NFL action behind C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman with Juwan Thompson likely inactive this week due to injury.
Bibbs was signed as an undrafted player out of Colorado State last year, and looked pretty good in limited preseason action, but we didn’t see him hardly at all this past preseason. The Broncos still felt good enough about his development that they kept him on the practice squad this year, and now he has an opportunity with a likely appearance on the active game day roster vs. the Cleveland Browns and one of the worst run defenses in football.
With the news that Gordon is likely to be reacquainted with the Broncos next week, it’ll be an absolutely critical game for Bibbs, who has to show he can at least help this team on special teams. The Broncos are only taking two tight ends into this game, which is a bit of a concern, but only having two healthy running backs is an even worse idea.
If something were to happen to Anderson or Hillman, or they just need to try something different, it’ll be Bibbs’ name that gets called and I think fans are pretty excited about that. Bibbs doesn’t possess any elite athletic traits but he certainly has good vision, a nose for the end zone, and he runs hard. The Broncos could use a spark in the running game, and they might just give the youngster and local fan favorite a chance to provide it.
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