The decision to promote Bibbs was made after Juwan Thompson's availability for the Broncos Week 6 road game in Cleveland became questionable. Thompson has been nursing a hamstring injury for the last couple of weeks.
Head coach Gary Kubiak has expressed the objective of wanting to get Thompson more involved in the offense, but the injury bug has prevented it. It's unclear how much action Bibbs could see in Cleveland. With Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson relatively healthy, its likely we won't see much of Bibbs—unless the top two running backs struggle.
If Hillman and Anderson are unable to find purchase against the Browns No. 30 rushing defense, Kubiak and offensive coordinator Rick Dennison could turn to Bibbs, looking for a spark. Bibbs is a natural for the zone scheme. He possesses excellent vision and explodes downhill once he makes his cut.
However, Bibbs struggled to pick up the new playbook in training camp, making it more difficult for the coaches to justify a roster spot for him. There's no doubt the former record-setting Colorado State Ram has talent, though. It's a matter of putting all the pieces together.
Bibbs is a second-year player, who spent four weeks on the Broncos active roster in 2014 as an undrafted rookie. Although he is yet to appear in a regular season game, he played in seven preseason games over the last two years, totaling 111 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries (4.4. avg.).
As for Richard Gordon, the team reportedly asked him to stay close to town. The Broncos need tight end help, and Gordon excels as a blocker.
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