ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – The Denver Broncos quarterback position isn’t the only big competition this offseason. While the starting running back job currently belongs to C.J. Anderson, the backup jobs are up for grabs. One player hoping to get into the mix is former Colorado State star Kapri Bibbs.
“For me it is a make or break year and that’s how I’ve been approaching it this season; that’s how I approached it last offseason,” Bibbs said.
Bibbs broke a bunch of single season rushing records during his one year at CSU — yards, touchdowns, and a Mountain West record for points. But after leaving early and going undrafted, he’s now spent two years on the Broncos practice squad with just one week on the active roster.
“It’s been real difficult … everyone always says that I am living in my heyday at CSU and everything like that … and there’s no problem with that, I love CSU to death and I love what I did at CSU,” Bibbs said. “But I’m ready to start that next chapter of my life … and it just kind of hasn’t turned over yet.”
But it took just one day of OTAs for Bibbs to turn some heads at Broncos headquarters.
“It was obvious today that Kapri is a different player than the one I had last year and we told him he needed to be,” head coach Gary Kubiak said. “He’s answered that challenge.”
Now comes the challenge of making the team. Anderson and fourth-round pick Devontae Booker are pretty much locks, so that leaves one, maybe two spots for players like Bibbs.
“I’m taking Kubiak’s words and our running backs coach’s words that, ‘It’s time now.’ … They believe it’s my time and they’re going to put me out there like it’s my time,” Bibbs said.
But talk is one thing. Now is the time to see who backs it up.
“If he doesn’t come in here thinking he can play then he shouldn’t be in the league. That’s for any running back or for any position in the league. If you can’t come in here with full confidence … then you’re in the wrong sport. This sports is all about confidence, and the guy with the most confidence wins,” Bibbs said.
Along with Anderson, Booker and Bibbs, the Broncos also have Ronnie Hillman, Juwan Thompson, rookie fullback Andy Janovich, and former Chief Cyrus Gray.