Redskins could bring back RB Kapri Bibbs, but they don’t necessarily need to
Kapri Bibbs was released by the Green Bay Packers on Friday. Could the Washington Redskins bring him back?
Last season, the Washington Redskins made a baffling move when they elected to waive Kapri Bibbs. The decision was made shortly after they activated Byron Marshall from Injured Reserve, and they had too many bodies at running back. But still, few thought that the team would part with the third-string Bibbs in favor of Marshall.
Still, Bibbs was waived, and the ‘Skins weren’t able to sign him to the practice squad. Instead, he was claimed by the Green Bay Packers who needed some running back depth at the end of the season. And he remained there until Friday.
Bibbs was cut by the Packers, who have three running backs that they drafted on the roster in addition to undrafted free agent Tra Carson. The team simply decided that they no longer needed Bibbs, and now he is available on the open market.
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With Bibbs now free, the Redskins could certainly have interest in bringing him back. After all, he averaged 5.1 yards per carry for Washington last year and generated four total touchdowns on just 33 touches. Additionally, he is solid on special teams. So, keeping him around as insurance for Chris Thompson and Bryce Love would make sense.
Of course, it’s also worth noting that the ‘Skins don’t necessarily need Bibbs. They have five potential role players at running back including Derrius Guice, Adrian Peterson, Thompson, Love, and Samaje Perine. Marshall is also on the roster as a potential receiving back backup.
If the team did bring back Bibbs, it seems likely that it would come at the expense of Marshall. That would be a smart move, but the fact of the matter is that Bibbs still may not be much better than the fifth running back on the depth chart. But, if Love is going to start the season on the PUP list, as many expect, Bibbs would be a better receiving back than Marshall and Perine, so that’s why he could get some looks from the Redskins.
We’ll soon see if the Redskins have any interest in bringing back Bibbs. But given that they cut him in favor of Marshall and Perine last season, I wouldn’t bank on them bringing him back, barring an injury to one of the running backs on their roster.