Kapri Bibbs isn't stressing about cutdown day

Josh Luckenbaugh
August 28, 2018 - 7:56 am
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The Redskins will cut their roster down to 53 players in just a few days, and the running back spots behind presumed starters Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson are arguably the most hotly-contested on the team. 

But despite the fact he could get cut very soon, Kapri Bibbs says he's not stressed about Thursday's preseason game against the Ravens, which could decide if he stays or goes.

"I never look at a game and be like, 'Oh, this is so much pressure.' No, I've been doing this my whole life," Bibbs told reporters after practice on Monday. "Guys in this whole locker room have been doing this their whole lives, since they were eight years old some of them."

"If you come into a game like this and a situation, and you overthink the situation, I promise you, you're gonna have the short end of the stick. I don't try to ever make a situation bigger than what it is. It's always the same."

Bibbs is competing with Rob Kelley, Samaje Perine and Byron Marshall for most likely two backup running back slots. With Marshall nursing an ankle injury, Bibbs appears to be the heir apparent to the backup third down running back spot behind Thompson, but Jay Gruden could opt to keep two traditional running backs in Kelley and Perine instead

As such, the pressure's on for Bibbs and company to put in a strong showing against Baltimore, but Bibbs is confident he won't let the importance of the occasion affect his performance.

"You definitely see guys who let that pressure affect them," he said. "You see a change in their eyes. And I've been in more adverse situations than football can probably ever bring me, so football for me is something that I love doing. It's something that literally took away from my outside life, and has made my life more complete."

"I will never look at a game that I love to bring me that much stress. No, it's gonna be one of those things that, of course I want to go out there and play better than everybody and everything else like that. But, no, at the same time, I'm still playing football. I'm still playing the game I love, and I wanna go out there, and I'm gonna be Kapri Bibbs out there."

Bibbs has had an impressive preseason, currently leading the team in rushing yards and receptions, but knows there's still work to be done come Thursday night. However, the 25-year old says he's fought for a roster spot enough times to know how to handle himself. 

"I've been in this situation countless amount of times now," Bibbs said. "This is my fifth year, and I don't think out of all the last four years I've been on an NFL roster I've gone into the last game like, 'Ah, yes, I've made the team.'"

"No, it's always been that stress of, alright, I gotta go out there and prove to them again yet another game that I belong here on this team, on this roster. So I just never, over the last couple of years, ever got complacent. I always have my ears up, eyes wide open, and trying to do me to the best of my ability."

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