Centennial, Colo.—Denver Broncos running back Kapri Bibbs finds himself in an unenviable situation. Bibbs, now in his second year out of Colorado State University, spent last year on the Broncos practice squad and even got the chance to be on the 53-man roster late in the 2014 season.
Unfortunately for Bibbs, he may not be as lucky in 2015. Including Bibbs, the Broncos currently have six running backs listed on their roster. It’s a near impossibility they’ll carry that many into the season. However, it’s almost equally as unlikely he’ll find a spot on Denver’s practice squad.
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That can be credited, as most things will be this season, to Denver’s shift in offensive philosophy. The Broncos, keeping in step with new head coach Gary Kubiak’s offensive system, are emphasizing the tight end and fullback positions more in 2015 than they have since Mike Shanahan last coached in the Mile High City in 2008. The need to keep additional fullbacks like Joe Don Duncan and James Casey on the roster may force Bibbs out of a job.
However, Bibbs doesn’t seem too concerned. Speaking with the assembled Denver media for the first time this training camp, Bibbs sidestepped questions about his job security, instead talking about how his body feels, how it feels to play in pads, and his improvements as a receiver out of the backfield.
Practicing for his second-straight day in pads, Bibbs talked about what it’s like to get back in the football groove.
“It’s real good to have those pads on because you have to able to get those hits in,” Bibbs said, “You never know when you’re going to get those back. That just tells me that I have to lower my pads a little more next time that guy comes around me, regardless of if he was my teammate or not, and just be ready.”
Like most players, “Getting those hits in,” has taken its toll on Bibbs. “It’s training camp,” Bibbs said, “You get those BMs every day. You just try to get in the ice tub and NormaTec and get massages every day—just to make your body feel like it is good even when you know it’s really nicked up. You just have to go out and just grind through it. That’s what training camp is all about. It’s a grind.”
While Bibbs may be reluctant to directly address his future in Denver, he may not have to—that question may be answered without his input. The Broncos play their first preseason game next week in Seattle.
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