5 Commanders players fighting for their future after the 2023 bye week

Time is running out for certain Commanders players to solidify their respective futures.

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Antonio Gibson - Commanders RB

Curtis Samuel isn't the only two-phase playmaker the Washington Commanders have let go to waste. Quite why Antonio Gibson's rushing and receiving threat hasn't been exploited more is anybody's guess.

Once again, offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy need only consult his recent history for the best template on how to use Gibson. Consider Kansas City Chiefs running back Jerick McKinnon the best example.

McKinnon scored 10 touchdowns during Bieniemy's final season running the offense for Kansas City in 2022. Many of those scores came from the creative ways he got the dynamic presence open in the flat.

Where are these plays for Gibson? He's a wide receiver playing running back who has just seven touchdown catches in four seasons.

Gibson can beat defenses in multiple ways, but he's been hampered by the unfair expectation to be a workhorse. That expectation is likely to continue with Commanders' RB1 Brian Robinson Jr. dealing with a hamstring injury.

He might only play his way onto a new team during the season's final few weeks, but Gibson could convince the Commanders to offer him a new deal with enough production.