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Jahmyr Gibbs Happy NFL 'Don't Try to Kill Us' at Practice

Detroit Lions rookie Jahmyr Gibbs happy after completing minicamp.

Detroit Lions rookie running back Jahmyr Gibbs has certainly noticed the difference between offseason practices in the NFL and what he endured playing for Nick Saban at Alabama. 

“NFL practice is different from college,” Gibbs said, following minicamp practice last week. "How, like, they approach the day. What they do in their spare time and their free time. ... (Crimson Tide head coach Nick) Saban, he’s probably hitting every day, full pads in the heat for two hours. Here, we get good work in, but they don’t try to kill us.”

Detroit's first of two 2023 first-round picks was used in several different spots during minicamp. This did not come as a surprise, as he's been a versatile offensive weapon going back to his collegiate playing days. 

“I love how they’re using me,” Gibbs said. “That’s something I’ve been used to throughout high school, when I was at (Georgia) Tech and when I was at 'Bama. So, I’m pretty used to being all around and learning different routes and concepts and stuff.”

Detroit offensive coordinator Ben Johnson said it is too soon to compare differences between Detroit's current running backs duo and last year's. 

“I don’t know if I can compare them to last year right now,” Johnson said, when asked about Detroit's new running backs duo. “I mean, we’ve only been on the field here for a few weeks, and we don’t even have pads on. But, what I can say about that room is, we have a lot of really hard workers."

Detroit's talented rookie believes the offense can play at an even higher level this upcoming season. 

Gibbs noted, "This offense was already a really great offense. I think with me coming in, we can be even more dominant.”