Detroit Lions running back Jahmyr Gibbs is up for the fan-vote Pepsi Rookie of the Week award.
Gibbs was the lone bright spot of the Lions’ 38-6 blowout loss to the Baltimore Ravens this week. Playing in place of the injured David Montgomery, the first-round pick rushed for 68 yards on 11 carries (6.2 YPC) and added another 58 yards on nine receptions. He also found the end zone for the first time in his NFL career on this untouched run:
“I thought Gibbs took a step up. That was encouraging,” Campbell said on 97.1 The Ticket on Tuesday. “And I’m talking about all of it. From the run game to the pass game to the protection. Was it perfect? No. But I saw improvement and that fired me up.”
Even more encouraging was that Gibbs was able to do that in his first game back from a lingering hamstring injury. Though Detroit likely would have preferred to ease him back into the lineup, Gibbs ended up playing 65 offensive snaps—good for an 87 percent participation rate.
With Montgomery still expected to miss some time, Gibbs will likely be the primary back this week when the Lions face off against the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday night.
Here are the other rookies up for the weekly honors:
- Bears QB Tyson Bagent: 21-of-29, 162 yards, 1 TD; 3 rushes, 24 yards
- Giants CB Deonte Banks: 7 tackles, 1 INT
- Vikings WR Jordan Addison: 7 catches, 124 yards, 2 TDs
- Rams WR Puka Nacua: 8 catches, 154 yards
- Colts WR Josh Downs: 5 catches, 125 yards, 1 TD