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Gilbert and Cooper Rush went through something of a competition during the week of practice, although Gilbert took most of the first-team snaps.
Gilbert, who was signed off the Cleveland Browns‘ practice squad on Oct. 12, will be making his first NFL start and his first start of any kind since playing for the Orlando Apollos of the defunct Alliance of American Football in 2019. He entered the league in 2014 with the St. Louis Rams and has spent time with the New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers and Browns.
With the struggles of rookie Ben DiNucci in last week’s 23-9 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and the placing of Andy Dalton on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, coach Mike McCarthy was determined to have a more experienced quarterback against the undefeated Steelers.
But Gilbert has thrown fewer passes in an NFL game than DiNucci, who was 21-of-40 for 180 yards against the Eagles. Gilbert is 2-of-6 for 40 yards in six appearances with the Panthers