Kapri Bibbs. Some of you have heard of him, some of you haven’t. What baffles me is how he has been in the league since 2014, and he somehow isn’t a household name yet. Bibbs currently lies around the same level of obscurity as Bishop Sankey or Josh Ferguson.
Let’s first look at his background. Back in 2011, he attended Snow College, Utah before heading to Front Range Community College, Colorado and ending up transferring to Colorado State before the 2013 season. In his only season playing FBS football, Bibbs was unbelievable playing 14 games and rushing for 1,741 yards off 281 attempts, averaging 6.2 yards per carry, scoring an incredible 31 touchdowns. The 1,741 yards was a school record, and only two players previously had ever rushed for over 30 touchdowns in a season, Montee Ball and Barry Sanders. Not to mention he ran for 169 yards and three touchdowns in Colorado State’s bowl game against Washington State. What makes this even more impressive is the fact that he did it with a broken foot.
Let’s move on to his NFL career. There is an argument that he left college too soon as technically he was in his sophomore year so could’ve stuck around in college for another two years. I believe this is the sole reason he went undrafted and got picked up by Denver as an undrafted free agent. Despite being on Denver’s Super Bowl-winning team (technically making Bibbs a Super Bowl champion), they bounced him around as he was part of the practice squad, then got released, then resigned. I could go on, but you know where that is going. He was promoted to Denver’s active roster in 2015 following an injury to Juwan Thompson (Seriously Denver, Juwan Thompson over Kapri Bibbs?) and was active for their game against Cleveland but never received any carries. Surprise, surprise, he was released the day after.
He first made a splash in the NFL on a night I remember well (as I jumped out of my seat celebrating when this happened) back in 2016, scoring a 69-yard catch and run for his first NFL touchdown against the Raiders. This season again ended badly for Kapri Bibbs as he suffered a high ankle sprain later in the season and ended the year on injured reserve. There was some hope that Bibbs was going to make a name for himself in the NFL when San Francisco came calling and traded down in the 2017 draft to take him, but they then waived him before the season.
So let’s look at the present. In the season just gone, Bibbs was picked up by the Redskins as their group of running backs was seriously depleted due to injury. Bibbs was active for Washington’s last three games of the season and despite being given very limited carries, did well.
Now, these stats wouldn’t exactly give him RB1 status, but you would think his four targets for 47 yards and a touchdown against Arizona would mean he is utilised more in the passing game in their next game against Denver. Similarly, his seven rushing attempts for 26 yards, while it may not look overly impressive, would warrant more of a workload in the next game (which he duly got). Yes, 3.7 and 3.9 yards per carry doesn’t sound amazing, but Leonard Fournette finished last year with 3.9 yards per carry – and people like him.
Worth a Stash
So where does Kapri Bibbs stand for this coming season? Well, as much as I like him, he is in a tough spot. The Redskins have up to now kept hold of Kapri Bibbs, but looking at their depth, they currently have so many players at running back! Rob Kelley, Chris Thompson, Samaje Perine, Keith Marshall and of course Derrius Guice. Not to forget their ‘practice squad fodder’ in Martez Carter and Elijah Wellman.
Chris Thompson is a pass catching back – and that is all. He is one of the better pass-catching backs in the league, so if he doesn’t get injured, it is hard to see Bibbs getting involved with his workload. Samaje Perine has only had one year in the NFL and was limited for the majority of what he did play due to injury, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him kept on. Derrius Guice is going to be their guy, he is hands down the best RB on the roster and won’t be challenged for their number one spot. Keith Marshall will probably get cut, so that leaves Kapri Bibbs vs. Rob Kelley for their final roster spot.
In a straight matchup between the two, there is only one way I am leaning. Don’t get me wrong, I like Rob Kelley, but he is far too one-dimensional. He is inept in the passing game (and doesn’t get used in it, for that reason), whereas Bibbs can be useful in the passing game. Even on the ground, Kelley is a power back that struggles after contact whereas Bibbs is a combination of good speed and good power. Realistically, Washington should do the right thing and keep Bibbs on their roster. We are then only a couple of injuries away from him being very relevant in fantasy leagues.
Keep your eyes on Kapri Bibbs, the most underrated player currently playing in the NFL.