Bibbs, who was signed to the Redskins’ practice squad in November and promoted to the active roster Tuesday, said after waking from his dream, he called one of his friends to tell him about the odd occurrence. He didn’t know what the Redskins-specific dream meant — whether it was an omen, a sign or just a meaningless occurrence — but three weeks later, Bibbs got a call from Washington inviting him to a workout.
“I had to call [my friend] back up and say, like, ‘Man, guess what, like, the Redskins just called me for a workout,’ ” Bibbs said. “He was like, ‘You got to kill it, you got to get the job’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, I know, I want it bad.’ ”
But when the team didn’t immediately sign him after the workout, the 5-foot-11, 203-pound running back thought his dream might have been a fluke after all. He thought that since he wanted it so bad, he had inadvertently convinced himself the dream was a sign. But two weeks later Bibbs heard from the Redskins, and they wanted to sign him.
On Sunday, the 24-year-old took the field for his first game in a Redskins uniform — wearing mustard-colored pants. He caught two passes on a key drive in the second quarter, which set up his 36-yard touchdown catch off a fake-reverse screen pass from quarterback Kirk Cousins to give the Redskins a 14-3 lead. It was Bibbs’s second career touchdown in his three-year NFL career.
Bibbs finished Sunday’s game with four catches for 47 yards and two rushes for six yards.
“It means everything to me,” Bibbs said of the touchdown. “… I’m trying to stop smiling, but at the same time, I’ve been through a lot and this is just a blessing and I know God made everything happen for a reason.”
Bibbs previously spent time with the Denver Broncos, where he recorded his first touchdown — a 69-yard catch off a screen pass — last year. With Denver last season, he had 29 carries for 129 yards.
“I think of Bibbs today, he’s been a joy to work with the last couple of weeks, and he’s shown some burst and some ability,” Kirk Cousins said after Sunday’s game. “It was fun to give him a couple of opportunities today.”
Bibbs was called up to the active roster this week after the Redskins officially placed tight end Jordan Reed, linebacker Chris Carter and running back Byron Marshall on injured reserve. Both Carter, who suffered a fractured fibula, and Marshall, a hamstring injury, were injured in the Redskins’ 30-13 road loss to the Los Angeles Chargers last Sunday. Reed last played in Week 8, and has been active in a career-low six games this season.
On Sunday, after his second-quarter touchdown, Bibbs was surrounded by teammates, including mostly the rest of the running backs group and safety D.J. Swearinger. After spending 10 weeks without an NFL team to call home, Bibbs, who joined rookies Samaje Perine and LeShun Daniels in the backfield, said he was just “happy to be part of an organization like this with coaches that believe in me.”
“All of that made my heart glow because I love football and to get that back again felt amazing,” Bibbs said.
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