Detroit Lions general manager Brad Holmes faced a lot of criticism when he spent a first-round draft pick on running back Jahmyr Gibbs, but now he's celebrating following Gibbs' breakout rookie season.
During the Lions' march to the NFC Championship game, the 21-year-old running back rushed for 945 yards and 10 touchdowns, while also catching 52 passes for 316 yards and a touchdown.
Holmes opened up about Gibbs this week, saying he expects an even greater season in 2024.
After a debut season in which Gibbs surpassed 1,200 yards from scrimmage, Holmes struggled to contain his excitement for the former Alabama running back.
Holmes praised the two, saying they shown a high level of maturity while embracing the culture that head coach Dan Campbell has established in Detroit.
"Jahmyr is an electrifying player who is incredibly explosive. But he's brilliant, competitive, and tough, just like Sam," Holmes remarked
He's another man who is really humble, but he's also tough, competitive, and the situation isn't too serious
That is why they were able to produce as much as they did this year. You see a lot of individuals who are as talented, if not more gifted than him, but as we always say,
if you don't have those intangible traits that we seek for in Detroit Lions players, it's going to be tough. And those people put it on show this year.