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Brandon Gibson Taking Step Forward

No pun intended in the headline with regards to Gibson’s failure to run forward against the San Francisco 49ers.  But it’s still a great headline anyway, right?

The Rams acquired Brandon Gibson in 2009 from the Philadelphia Eagles in the middle of the season.  When he finally had a chance to get in the game, he responded with a a 7 catch game for 93 yards.  Quickly, Rams fans latched onto a player that showed some potential and receiving ability, but Gibson was unable to equal that number of catches or yards for the rest of the year.

Brandon Gibson is not known for his practice habits and consequently was left inactive by the Rams coaching staff over the first two games of the 2010 season.  However, as the Rams wide receiver corps was hit by injuries yet again, Gibson was put into action.  However, Gibson did not have more than 3 catches until week 8 against Carolina when his 3 game breakout began.  Over the last three games, Gibson has caught 19 balls for 181 yards and a touchdown.  Gibson is getting better the more playing time he gets from the Rams in 2010.

Brandon Gibson has only played 16 games for the Rams and is still only 23 years old and still very raw.  He is refining his play through more opportunities and targets from Sam Bradford.  He is one of those players I like to describe as having “game speed”.  At practice they look one way, but when the bright lights and TV cameras come on, a different player emerges.  Gibson will never be known for his speed (ran about 4.6 in the 40 before the NFL draft in 2009) or his height at 6’0″.  But, he has good wingspan, quickness and elusiveness in the open field.

The Rams and Gibson can only benefit from more playing time over the rest of the 2010 season and an increased workload with quarterback Sam Bradford.  Gibson does not fulfill the Rams need for a deep threat at wide receiver, but he is a valuable wide receiver going forward.


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