Philadelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver Shelton Gibson had a lot to think about during the offseason. The fifth-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft was a subject of media criticism during OTAs and minicamp because of some dropped passes. While it is most important for a wide receiver to catch the ball, there is usually something deeper beneath the surface that is causing the drops.
For Gibson, the issue was adapting to a more complex playbook and scheme. He acknowledged how the playbook at West Virginia was not as detailed and didn’t require him to learn so many route concepts. “Catching the ball, I was so thrown off as far as if I am in the right split, did I get the right depth and I was getting lost in everything. It was just knowing my plays,” Gibson said before leaving minicamp. “I knew my plays better the last couple of days. When I first came in here, I was all over the place and just thinking a lot. I couldn’t play with as much confidence that I always played with. This game is about how you bounce back.”