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Antonio Gibson on his breakout game: 'It shows that I'm growing'

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The Washington Football Team fell to the Baltimore Ravens in convincing fashion on Sunday, but rookie running back Antonio Gibson was not a reason why.

The 2020 third-round pick turned in easily the best performance of his brief NFL career, amassing 128 total yards of offense on 17 touches to go along with a two-yard touchdown.

Gibson -- who spent most of his football career as a wide receiver before Washington converted him to a full-time running back -- said on Washington Football Postgame Live that his improved performance each week shows his growth at his new position.

"It means a lot. It shows that I'm growing," Gibson said.

While Washington's offense has struggled much of 2020, Gibson has only gotten better each week. In Week 2, Gibson had 52 scrimmage yards. In Week 3, he totaled 60. On Sunday, he more than doubled that number with 128.

Almost two-thirds of Gibson's work came via the aerial attack on Sunday. The rookie hauled in four Dwayne Haskins passes for 82 yards, including a screen pass which he took for 40 yards that eventually led to his lone touchdown on the day.

But, in Gibson's eyes, he only showed a fraction of his abilities as a receiver on Sunday.

"I like my role right now," Gibson said. "But as time goes on, I want to be more involved in receiving just a little bit more to cause mismatch problems and put me different places so they have to switch their defenses up."

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Part of the reason No. 24 has been able to improve each week is that he's his own biggest critic.

"I feel like each week I'm learning something and applying it to the game. I critique myself a lot," Gibson said. "After every play, I come back to the sideline and am like 'I should've did that' and try to apply that to the next play, next drive, whatever it is."

While the running back has found some early NFL success, he knows he still has plenty to work on before he becomes the player Washington wants him to be.

"I'm a big playmaker, I feel like. I'm always trying to make something happen regardless of the situation," Gibson said. "Sometimes, you just have to hit it north. I can learn from that. My bad level, I'm still working on that as the season goes on."

But, not lacking any confidence, the Memphis product has a warning for the rest of the NFL once he figures it all out.

"Once I get it all together, it'll be something to see," he said.