KUSA - If they placed more faith in Kapri Bibbs than the kid during crunch time late, why not when the game is closer to the start?
The Denver Broncos’ second-string tailback role is almost academic should starter C.J. Anderson continue play a whopping 83 percent of the offensive snaps, as he did in the 21-20 season-opening win last Thursday against Carolina.
But when Anderson does need a blow, the more experienced Bibbs may compete with the rookie Devontae Booker this week for position of first back in. After Booker fumbled away his first NFL carry, and missed a safety-blitz pickup that turned what should have been Trevor Siemian’s first NFL touchdown into his second interception, the rookie was yanked late in the game in favor of Bibbs.
Two years on the practice squad helped prepare Bibbs for the opportunity. He caught a six-yard pass late in the third quarter when the Broncos were trailing, 17-7. Bibbs then pass protected on the next play, when Siemian connected with Emmanuel Sanders on a 9-yard completion that ended the quarter.
“I’m really proud of him,’’ Kubiak said of Bibbs. “Obviously our young guy struggled, so we had to make a decision there in the game and I told Eric (Studesville, the Broncos’ running backs coach) to put Kapri in. He went in, caught a ball, picked up a blitz, didn’t get a lot of reps, but looked very comfortable in what he was doing and I think that’s a very good step for us.”
Anderson played 48 of the team’s 58 offensive snaps. Booker got six snaps and Bibbs was in for just the two, although he also added 15 plays on special teams.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if Booker is on an even shorter leash this Sunday when the Broncos host the Indianapolis Colts.
“I’m just going to keep my head down and keep working, same way I’ve been doing,’’ Bibbs said. “Coaches like when I do that. I like it when I do that. Not worrying about anything, just let things come to me and not worry about whether I’m going to be second string or worry about this and that, just go out and do what they tell me to do.’’
Bibbs, who rushed for 1,741 yards and 31 touchdowns in his lone season at Colorado State in 2013, has learned to not worry about reps or where he stands on the depth chart as he moves into this third year as a pro.
“That just puts stress on you,’’ he said. “You worry about where you stand -- where you stand should be in your heart and in your brain. If you know you went out there and gave it your all, that’s what you can live with. If you’re worried about a depth chart and you’re not giving your all then that’s a whole other story. If I can stay locked in then I’m ready for anything.’’
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