Without David Montgomery in Week 7 against the Baltimore Ravens, Jahmyr Gibbs was ready to step up after missing two games himself.
While the Lions struggled big in a 38-6 loss to Baltimore, Gibbs was a bright spot. He put up 126 yards from scrimmage, including nine catches for 58 yards, with the first touchdown of his career (a rushing score).
ESPN's Eric Woodyard naturally pointed to Gibbs as the Lions' player whose stock is on the rise after the ugly loss to the Ravens.
"Without David Montgomery, Detroit's ground attack got off to a slow start, but the No. 12 overall pick was one of the few bright spots in the Lions' first road loss of the season as he ended with 68 rushing yards and 58 receiving yards while getting the majority of the rushing workload."
Jahmyr Gibbs steps up on day the Lions' offense was otherwise mostly dismal
Given the way the game played out, questions immediately surfaced regarding the way Detroit's offense struggled all afternoon.
The Lions put up only 337 total yards, and had just 84 on the ground. In spite of that, Gibbs wasn't worried about the ability of the offense to bounce back in coming weeks.
Speaking to the media, Gibbs was asked if he thought the offense was taken out of tempo or made uncomfortable. He disagreed with that notion.
"No, because we could play fast. That's what we started doing the third quarter or fourth quarter, we started playing fast. We started picking up yards where we drove down the field, so I don't think it was a tempo thing, I just think we didn't execute certain certain drives."
After the game, head coach Dan Campbell cited the "step forward" Gibbs made.
"It was good having him back out there and I thought he took a step forward today," Campbell said. "I think he was one of the guys that there was some real positive things in there. I just thought he had pretty good vision, I thought he set some runs up pretty well, and there again, I felt, 'OK, he's a little better.' I just feel like the more he plays, the better he's going to get."
Gibbs won't realistically get 20 touches in any games Montgomery is available for. But he showed he can be the lead guy against the Ravens, as a bright spot on an otherwise dark day on the field.