Commanders RB Antonio Gibson remains confident entering 3rd NFL season

Ivan Lambert
Commanders Wire

Commanders running back Antonio Gibson has learned a lot in his first two seasons and is confident now.

Gibson met with the press following Monday’s practice. Here is most of what he expressed.

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ON TRAINING CAMP

"I feel great," Gibson said. "Got some reps out there today with the team. Finally good to be back, I felt great. And I’ll just work my way to it."

"It (hamstring) is not something you want to re-injure and be back to square one. I’m following the coach’s plan, the trainer’s plan. It’s all working out."

Antonio Gibson rushed for 111 yards in Washington's win over Seattle on Monday night.

ON THIRD YEAR 

"It’s year three. I feel like I got the reps I needed the first two years. I made the mistakes I made, and I have learned from it. I just feel confident going in. I’m relaxed out there, I know what I am doing."

ON TEAM COMPETITION

"The offense has their days, the defense has their days. Today the defense had their day (nodding his head and smiling in acknowledgment). Shout out to those boys. We get the pads on tomorrow; we can really see how things go. I’m ready for that."

"It’s nothing but competition in the locker room and on the field. We are probably going to have to hear it all day (smiling). But tomorrow we are going to come out here and get after those boys."

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Last year the loudest was Tim (Settle) "but this year so far I’m going to have to go with Sweat. Sweat is being a little talkative."

ON IMPROVING RUNNING STYLE

Gibson talked of his missing some holes when he could have hit the hole, but he bounced it out too early because of his big-play mindset.

"I’ve learned that in the league (NFL) sometimes its best to just hit it (the hole) and just run. I feel like I have been correcting that, practicing it here and that is something I am really looking forward to. I feel like it will help my game a lot. You have to be smart with it, know the down and distance, what quarter you are in, if you are up or down (score)."

ON PASS PROTECTION

He mentioned learning pass protection was a process of learning during games sometimes how the players move.

"I am confident. I can pick it up really quick now, when somebody is stacked or might be coming. I am enjoying the process. I feel like I am there."

ON STAYING HEALTHY

"This year my goal is to get through the season injury-free. That will be my biggest goal right there. Of course if you are lighter, toned and fit you get in and out of cuts quicker."

Regarding running backs coach Randy Jordan’s daily drills, "Just be ready to adjust. You’ve got to be able to adjust, and just take from it. You never know what will happen in the game. It is all about reaction."