Former Alabama running back Jahmyr Gibbs is just beginning his first NFL season after being drafted No. 12 overall by the Detroit Lions in the 2023 NFL Draft. While Gibbs and his rookie teammates have been with the team for the past two months, he just recently took part in his first minicamp.
Gibbs was one of, if not the most, versatile players in the 2023 NFL Draft with his quickness, strength and ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. Gibbs began his career at Georgia Tech before transferring to Alabama for his final collegiate season.
In his only year at Alabama, Gibbs thrived in Alabama’s offense becoming a second-team All-American in 2022. While playing at Alabama, Gibbs had a team-high 926 rushing yards while also leading the Crimson Tide with 44 receptions. With the Lions, Gibbs is expected to play a similar role and have an immediate impact on the offense in some form, either on the ground or catching the ball out of the backfield.
While Gibbs was only at Alabama for one season, he still got to experience a full season of Nick Saban’s process and the demand he puts on his players on and off the field. Although the running back has not experienced a full NFL offseason, he was recently asked how he would compare practices with the Lions and practices at Alabama under Saban.
According to Gibbs, Saban's practices are much tougher than what he has experienced in the NFL so far.
After a brief laugh, Gibbs replied, “Saban, he’s probably hitting every day. Full pads. In the heat. For two hours. Here, we get good work in, but they don’t try to kill us. We're good.”
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