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Washington's RB Antonio Gibson has a list of goals he wants to accomplish this season on the field

Washington running back Antonio Gibson has his eyes set on 1,000 rushing yards this season.

“That (1,000 yards) was something I really wanted (last year),” Gibson told Senior Vice President of Media and Content Julie Donaldson. “This year, I’m priding myself on surpassing that.”

Gibson was well on his way, rushing for 795 yards, 11 touchdowns, and averaging 4.7 yards per rushing attempt in 2020. Gibson got banged up, injuring his toe against the Steelers, which forced him to miss the next two games. He returned for the final two games, but fell 205 yards short.

This year, there are more expectations. Washington's Head coach Ron Rivera anticipates him to take another step forward in 2021. "Coming into the league, I had to learn the ins and outs," said Gibson. "I feel like I'm still at the verge of just breaking it, but I still got a lot to learn."

Washington RBs coach Randy Jordan already spoke of wanting to see Gibson more involved in the passing game this fall. He has a better grasp of the offense from a schematic standpoint, and that showed as his average yards per carry rose from 3.9 yard in his first five games to 5.1 in his last nine appearances.

"Last year was a learning process for me," Gibson said. "I got the hang of it as the season went on and I started showing progress." “I should be able to show a lot of different things this year."

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