Detroit Lions running back David Montgomery is returning to the lineup after missing the last two games with a rib injury.
Normally this would be great news, giving the Lions more depth at a key positions, but bizarrely offensive coordinator Ben Johnson has said that Montgomery will get some of Gibbs touches as the two will share the workload.
“They know the entire game plan in and out, so some might be by series, some might be play-specific, but both those guys can handle a lot,” Johnson said.
LIONS LIMITING GIBBS TOUCHES
Despite playing one game less than Jahmyr Gibbs, the Lions have given Montgomery 10 more snaps on running plays, and 18 more rushes than Gibbs so far this season. That’s despite Gibbs outperforming Montgomery by a staggering 1.2 yards per carry, 0.58 yards after contact per carry and 3 more 10+ yard carries. Gibbs is also a much more potent receiver than Montgomery.
Don’t get me wrong, Montgomery is a good back, and it’s understandable to get him touches but the idea that Gibbs is losing touches, for no good reason is baffling. The Lions are a good team, leading the NFL North at 6-2. To limit the touches of easily their best offensive player is an unusual choice, and one Detroit could regret.