3 overhyped Detroit Lions players fans need to pump the brakes on

The Detroit Lions certainly have some promising young talent around, but fans need to pump the brakes on these three players.
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Jahmyr Gibbs, Detroit Lions

1. RB Jahmyr Gibbs

Gibbs enters the NFL with the instant expectations inherent with being the 12th overall pick in the draft. There are some big predictions out there for him as a rookie, including NFL.com's Adam Schein's bold prediction he'll lead all running backs in touchdowns this season. Yes, all running backs--not just rookies.

Some of the hype is even coming internally now.

Check out the names general manager Brad Holmes invoked when recently talking about Gibbs as a "special weapon" for the Lions' offense on "The Season with Peter Schrager".

"When I first got with the Rams in 2003, Marshall Faulk was still there, and I was a huge Marshall Faulk guy -- just kind of seeing what he does in both phases," "And just from a scouting standpoint, when Christian McCaffrey came out, he was the last guy that I was like, 'Holy cow, this guy can run routes like a slot receiver but also run it.' So, you start getting reminders of those players. I'm not sitting here saying Jahmyr Gibbs is those players, but (he's) just a special weapon like that. We have a lot of excitement and optimism."""

Brad Holmes

Holmes didn't quite go all the way to saying Gibbs will be as good as a Hall of Famer who may have been slightly ahead of his time (Faulk) and the best all-around running back in the league right now (McCaffrey). But even mentioning those names as "reminders" when seeing what Gibbs did as a runner and receiver in college sets him up to potentially disappoint as a rookie.

This is not to say Gibbs won't end up having a fine debut season. But the expectations and hype are creeping into overdrive.

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