Much Ado About Gibson

Newly acquired wide receiver Brandon Gibson made a big splash in his first extensive action since joining the St. Louis Rams in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles.  Gibson had 7 catches for 93 yards and showed a full range of moves against the Saints. He was able to show enough speed to make the Saints corners play off against him and enough ability to break the tackle of the first defender to attempt to tackle him.  But, considering the players the Rams have run out at wide receiver in 2009, some of his other skills were equally as impressive.  He was faced with a bump and run coverage and was able to fight off the corner using his strength and get open to make the catch.  On the Rams final drive, he was able to use good hands to make a catch on a sinking pass on 4th down to keep the Rams hope alive.  On the play pictured above, Gibson fought off the tackle of the corner Torrence enough to stretch to extend the ball past the first down marker.

In one game, Gibson showed speed, hands, strength and agility.  I’m not ready to crown Gibson, let’s see what he can do as other teams begin to figure out his strengths and weaknesses.  But, so far, he has been very impressive.  Let’s hope he keeps it up.

So far so good for Brandon Gibson and General Manager Billy Devaney who took some heat early for trading away veteran Will Witherspoon.


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