Brad Holmes – Jahmyr Gibbs Is A ‘Special Threat’
Swapping RBs D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams for David Montgomery and Jahmyr Gibbs is an upgrade, according to Brad Holmes.
The Detroit Lions general manager even compared Gibbs to Christian McCaffrey and Marshall Faulk. Brad Holmes worked with the Rams when those two all-time running backs came to the fore.
He sees Gibbs as a ‘special’ dual-threat back, while he anticipates Montgomery contributing more to the passing game.
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“When you look at it systematically, I do think we’ll be better offensively,” Brad Holmes said.
“That’s no knock on the contributions that those other two guys gave us. Swift is a dynamic player and Jamaal was a great leader for us, and he did so much for us. He had a great season. But I think Montgomery and Jamaal are different backs. Montgomery does a little bit more in the passing game. And being able to add Gibbs, he’s just so dynamic as a receiver. Look, he’s a home run hitter as a running back, that’s the easy part. What he does as a receiver — he runs routes like a receiver.”
“When I first got with the Rams in 2003, Marshall Faulk was still there, and I was a huge Marshall Faulk guy — just kind of seeing what he does in both phases,” Holmes said.
“And just from a scouting standpoint, when Christian McCaffrey came out, he was the last guy that I was like, ‘Holy cow, this guy can run routes like a slot receiver but also run it.’ So, you start getting reminders of those players. I’m not sitting here saying Jahmyr Gibbs is those players, but (he’s) just a special weapon like that. We have a lot of excitement and optimism.”