That's a big role, as the tweet went on to say. But Rivera would know the role well, coming from Carolina. He's compared Gibson to McCaffrey in the past so it may not be a big surprise. But as we learned last year, McKissic is very nice pass catching back who could ease some of that workload, and undrafted free agent Patterson has looked good as well. He was recently compared to Darren Sproles. But this is certainly good news for Gibson and his potential workload.
McCaffrey will be shut down for the year in what has been a lost season for the star running back. McCaffrey only appeared in three games this season due to a variety of injuries, but was effective when on the field. Mike Davis is also expected to miss Week 17, leaving Carolina very shorthanded at running back. McCaffrey will return as an elite RB1 in fantasy leagues next season.
This shouldn't come as a surprise at this point. That would mean the running back, and likely first overall pick in your fantasy draft, has missed 13 of 16 games this season, the tweet went on to say. Davis will again resume the RB1 role in the final week of the season.